No MLS stadium deal has been a cakewalk, but no club spent so many years before hitting pay dirt than D.C. United. Wednesday's formal approval by the D.C. city council of a development plan for a
20,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington ends more than a decade of efforts to find a new home so United can move out of rundown RFK Stadium.
“We are grateful that D.C. United’s future in our nation’s capital is secure,” said D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien
a statement. “This is a historic victory for the team and its fans, the city, the region and the sport of soccer in this country. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of many city leaders,
including Mayor Vincent C. Gray,
Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser
, City Administrator Allen Y.
and the D.C. Council.”
The District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 provides
for the city to buy the land (by eminent domain if necessary) at Buzzard Point
owned by developer Akridge and enter into a series of land swaps with owners of adjacent lands and move forward with a development agreement with D.C. United, which will finance the construction of
the stadium itself.