Stonewalled several times to build a stadium in or near Washington, D.C., United officials and MLS have increased their scrutiny of nearby Baltimore.
A survey has been to soccer fans as a gauge to their willingness to attend MLS games in Baltimore. United's efforts during the past decade to find a suitable location in D.C. and other areas closer to home have failed.
“We are busy looking ahead to the future of our league,” MLS chief marketing officer Russ Findlay wrote in an e-mail. “As a part of this planning, we are conducting research in Baltimore to help determine the viability of the market as a potential future home of an MLS club.”
The four-time league champion has played at RFK Stadium since the league's start-up in 1996, but its decrepit condition and onerous costs make it the league's worst venue amid new facilities that have gone up in most MLS cities.. Said D.C. United president Kevin Payne, "From our point of view, it’s just due diligence. You have to understand your options. We’re trying to understand the depth of interest in Baltimore.”