Support for new D.C. United stadium ever-growing
Big things are on the horizon for D.C. United in 2013, and we are all about the love that The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates is giving to the Black-and-Red. In a blog post this afternoon, Yates listed a new D.C. United stadium as one of three “resolutions everyone in the D.C. region can share.” Call us biased, but we quite agree!
Here is what Yates had to say:
Get D.C. United a stadium in the city. There have been discussions upon discussions about the feasibility of such a project over the past decade. All the while, the soccer team has turned from a beacon of the league to a proud franchise operating in a dinosaur of a facility.
The most recent talks include a plan to build a facility at Buzzard Point, where Pepco’s generation and substation facilities are housed, in Southwest. And though it’s not just a matter of the utility turning over the land to the city for the team’s use, that company could use a little public goodwill. Polling has showed that it’s one of the least-liked companies in the area, and fairly or not, it gets a lot of blame for pretty much anything power-related.
I’ve got an idea. Pepco turns over the land to the city, which then negotiates with development firm Akridge and Mark Ein to get a stadium deal done. Build the pitch, which could serve a lot more than just a couple of dozen pro soccer games a year, and have Pepco kick in the funds for a sponsorship naming deal. Everybody wins. As long as the lights don’t go out.