Tuesday is a big day in D.C. United's efforts to obtain funding to build a stadium in Prince George's County, Md.
The MLS club is urging fans to gather at noon at Annapolis' City Dock to
show support for public financing of the stadium and then pack the hearing rooms of the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, where state lawmakers will hear
testimony on the proposal to float bonds for the construction of the stadium near FedEx Field in Landover by 2010.
The club's get-out-the-voters effort includes organizing a caravan that
will leave RFK Stadium at 11:00 a.m.
The bill allowing the Maryland Stadium Authority to sell bonds to build the potentially $195 million venue is not without its opponents. According to
the Washington Post's Maryland Moment
, local anti-tax groups are also organizing efforts to sway legislators.
Last week, soccer
fans flooded Annapolis lawmakers with emails -- more than 28,000 -- in support of the stadium, but lawmakers were not impressed.
"I have, let me see, 880 unread e-mails. And 1,800
others," Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley told
the Gazette the day
after the campaign began. "It's obnoxious."
Some lawmakers said most of those involved in the email campaign were from outside Maryland.