Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Garber: D.C. United must find stadium solution
by Paul Kennedy, January 13th, 2011 2:50PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  d.c. united, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] With Baltimore -- and the NSCAA Convention -- as the backdrop of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and fans chanting "Baltimore United," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said a solution to the D.C. United stadium situation was needed soon.

United still plays at antiquated RFK Stadium and efforts to build a stadium in the District or in the surrounding counties have been rebuffed.

A feasibility study has been conducted about building a soccer stadium in Baltimore.

"The team is called D.C. United," said Garber. "They don't have a stadium solution. They need one. They've had very positive discussions here in Baltimore and, if these guys can deliver the right kind of facility, I am sure [owner] Will Chang and [club president] Kevin Payne will look hard at a potential stadium solution. They must have a solution because what they have right now is not working. We've been saying that for years and at some point, they are going to reach the breaking point. I am not saying that is happening tomorrow, but it will happen at some point. We've got to work hard to find an alternative to what is now, which is no alternative in D.C."



0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 8:44 a.m.
    Moving DC United, which has a rich history, to Baltimore should not be an option. RFK Stadium could be renovated with a capacity reduction.
  1. Douglas Smith
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.
    Note that those were NYRB fans chanting "Baltimore United" -- not United fans!
  1. Heather Scott-molleda
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
    Kenneth is absolutely right. The RFK site is perfect - spacious, plenty of parking and critical Metro access! - so tear it down and rebuild! Use a local college facility in the meanwhile. Or if you must, build in a parking lot and tear the old stadium down later.
  1. Chris Paul
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.
    1) Guys, RFK is owned by the DC Sports and Entertainment group, and DC United has no rights to the land, and pays $2-3 million a year in rent, in addition to the costs of running it. 2) It has no possibility of renovation, because the building is entirely concrete, and the electrical system is 50 years old. The only renovation possible is to knock it all down. Part of the stadium have broken off under fans feet in recent years.
  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
    Having held season tickets since day one, I understand the feelings of everyone involved. The stadium is not viable for the club. I believe the regular fan base is split between Maryland and Virginia. I am alright coming from Baltimore to Washington but, I am not thrilled with the idea of going into N. Virginia. The place has out lived it's usefulness. I believe that the team will end up wherever they can get a stadium. I just hope it is close enough for me to still enjoy them!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
TV: Cincy-Chicago Open Cup match to be shown on ESPN2     
In just its second season in the USL, FC Cincinnati is racking up milestones in terms ...
MLS Today: Hunt for points intensifies    
Big rivalry matches will be played each day over the weekend -- Houston-FC Dallas, NYCFC-Red Bulls ...
MLS Closeup: By dominating at home Dynamo defies critics    
So far in this MLS season, several teams are posting remarkable records that are mirror images: ...
What They're Saying: Francisco Rios    
"The first thing I did this year when the schedule came out was to check to ...
USMNT: Our 23 picks for the Gold Cup    
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena will announce his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup on ...
MLS: DP Qazaishvili gives Quakes new look up front    
Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with Dutch club Vitesse and is ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"You can take the ginger out of NY, but NY will still be red. Good luck ...
Texan McKinze Gaines moves to Darmstadt     
McKinze Gaines, the 19-year-old South Texas product who last season helped VfL Wolfsburg reach the U-19 ...
Confederations Cup: Sanchez sets Chile record in 1-1 tie    
Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer with his 38th international goal, but the South American ...
Video Pick: Cabrera quest for creativity works for Dynamo     
Wilmer Cabrera, who played on the great Colombia team of the 1990s, has since taking the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives