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COUNTY EXECUTIVE JACK JOHNSON JOINS PRINCE GEORGE’S DELEGATION LEADERS IN INTRODUCING BILL TO AUTHORIZE D.C. UNITED STADIUM

WHO: Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, Delegation Chairs Sen. Anthony Muse and Del. Melony Griffith, Members of the General Assembly, as well as D.C. United co-owner Victor B. MacFarlane and team president Kevin Payne.

WHAT: Sen. Muse and Del. Griffith have introduced legislation that will enable D.C. United, the most successful professional soccer club in American history, to move to Maryland and work with the Maryland Stadium Authority to build a stadium.

County Executive Johnson and other elected and community leaders will join the team and legislators to support this effort.

WHEN: Monday, February 16, 2009
11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Prince George's Community College
Kent Hall, Room 262
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774
Media members may park in Lot H

WHY: D.C. United’s mission is: “Win Championships and Serve the Community.” This effort would bring a great team and committed neighbor to Maryland.

Real Economic Stimulus: According to an independent report commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority last fall, a new D.C. United stadium will generate $65 million to $80 million annually in economic impact – the equivalent of more than 1,000 jobs. Construction alone will create more than 250 additional jobs.

A Stadium That Pays For Itself: The stadium is projected to cost $180 million to $195 million, seat approximately 24,000 fans, and will be funded by D.C. United and new revenue generated by the team and stadium. It will not draw on the existing tax base or require lottery funds.

Bringing The Best To Prince George’s County: D.C. United is the most successful club in the history of American professional soccer – with 12 major championships and fan attendance of more than 20,000 per game over the past two years.

A Good Neighbor: D.C. United has a 14-year history of community involvement in the region, serving thousands of underserved children with United Soccer Club after-school programs, United Reads educational incentives, and more than 8,000 free tickets per year through Kicks for Kids.

Promoting Real Opportunity: D.C. United is minority-owned, led by Victor MacFarlane and William Chang, and is committed to providing real opportunity for residents and businesses in Prince George’s County.

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440