D.C. United are one step closer in the journey towards their new home in southwest Washington after players and staff joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and other District officials for a demolition event in preparation for the groundbreaking for a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point.
“Buzzard Point’s future is bright – and this soccer stadium will make it that much brighter,” said Mayor Bowser. “D.C. is proud of our hometown soccer team, and today, we move closer to having a new home for D.C. United.”
The $300 million state-of-the-art facility is a public-private partnership that will help revitalize a neighborhood on the banks of the Anacostia River, create nearly 900 job opportunities for District residents, and strengthen a commitment to community and fan engagement.
"This building signifies the next step in our club's evolution, yet will continue to represent our core values as we become a catalyst in the economic development of this southwest waterfront district," said Jason Levien, United managing partner. "This stadium, previously only a dream, is now a tangible marker of our progress. Very soon we will hear the opening whistle for the first time, right here."
The 20,000-seat stadium, set to be completed in the spring of 2018, is expected to attract one million annual new visitors per year, and spur over $1.6 billion in total economic activity.