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DC United Taking A Good Look At Baltimore For New Stadium Site

DC United has played home games at RFK Stadium since its inaugural MLS season in '96
DC United "continues to explore stadium opportunities in Washington," but the MLS club also is "taking a hard look at the Maryland Stadium Authority's economic feasibility study concerning a mixed-use waterfront project" near Camden Yards in Baltimore, according to Steve Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. United "has been trying for years to find a replacement for antiquated RFK Stadium." Club President & CEO Kevin Payne yesterday said, "We believe Baltimore can get something done. It's a real opportunity." Payne said that he "hopes to meet" with new DC Mayor Vincent Gray "this month to discuss a possible project in Washington, United's home since its inception" in '96. Payne noted that there are "no talks with any jurisdictions in the Maryland suburbs or Northern Virginia." He did note that more United fans live in Virginia "than any other area." Payne: "We would love to be in Virginia. ... The ideal location would probably be Tysons Corner, but it's very difficult to make a stadium work in Virginia because the state and municipalities will not provide any credit enhancement at all." Meanwhile, United Owner Will Chang "continues to seek local investment to bolster the club's foundation." Payne said, "We're having some very good conversations that will bear fruit in the not-too-distant future" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/4). Payne also addressed the possibility of United signing a designated player, saying, "If the right person came along, the answer is yes, but that kind of decision ties into so many other decisions. What's our deal here at RFK? Where do we think the stadium process is leading us? It's not as simple as: Can we write a check? If we do write a check, can we properly monetize that investment?" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/4).
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