D.C. United co-owner Victor MacFarlane
said Thursday that he is committed to moving the team out of RFK Stadium and to a purpose-built soccer venue in Prince
George's County, Maryland, report Rosalind S. Helderman
and David Nakamura
. It follows the collapse two weeks
ago of the long-mooted Poplar Point stadium project within the D.C. city boundaries.
"Meeting with state senators from Prince George's in Annapolis, Victor MacFarlane said the team
wants to build a 24,000-seat 'urban stadium' in the county that would be the center of a mixed-use development project," they report. MacFarlane said the team thinks "there will be a huge benefit
to bringing D.C. United to Prince George's County."
He also said the team would pay 25 percent of the estimated $180-195 million that a stadium would cost. The remainder would be
financed by tax revenue generated at the stadium. Legislation was introduced in the Maryland General Assembly Thursday to earmark the taxes for construction. Seven sites are under consideration,
and the team expects to announce its selection in 30 to 60 days.
The Maryland Stadium Authority published a study in September claiming that a professional soccer stadium in Prince
George's could create more than 1,000 jobs in the county. "Having a developer with the history and passion for rebuilding or contributing to the revitalization of older established communities is
just a tremendous economic opportunity for the county," said Delegate Melony G. Griffith
(D-Prince George's), who is sponsoring the bill.
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