Levien, who left the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies as CEO in March, hosted D.C. city councilmember Muriel Bowser, the favorite to become mayor, at Sunday's match against Colorado at RFK Stadium, and appeared at halftime on Comcast SportsNet, the club's local broadcaster.
"Last time I was on, I said I was cautiously optimistic about the stadium,” Levien said. “I am going to tell our fans out there we are ready to remove the
‘cautiously’ from that statement.”
Washington D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, who has championed D.C. United's proposed soccer stadium project on Buzzard Point, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Bowser, who publicly questioned some of the terms of the complicated deal. But the stunning defeat for Gray didn't change much about the dynamics of the stadium process.
Any proposal for the stadium, which includes a land swap involving the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, will need Bowser's support as she currently chairs the council’s economic development committee through which any legislation must go. Bowser's opposition has been based on making sure the city gets fair value for the Reeves Center.
Levein said Bowser is working with a consultant to evaluated the stadium project and he expects to see more movement in September when the city council comes back from recess.
“We’re feeling pretty optimistic," he said. "We’re working hard and we’re making real progress because of the leadership from members of the council and in the mayor’s office.”
Bowser is expected to defeat Councilperson David Catania, an independent, in November's general election for mayor.