DC United Reconsidering Stadium Options In Maryland; Buzzard Point Still Front-Runner
Although DC United remains "optimistic about reaching an agreement to build a stadium at Buzzard Point in Washington, the MLS club has taken renewed interest in Maryland," according to sources cited by Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. DC United will "not, however, reconsider Baltimore, which, in association with the Maryland Stadium Authority, had been seeking to attract the MLS club in recent years." A source said that DC United is "looking at two Maryland sites in the Washington area." The club already "rejected one other suggestion: near Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s County." DC United Managing Partner Jason Levien and associates are "in weekly contact with city officials about forging a deal to build a facility at Buzzard Point in Southwest DC." District Council member Tommy Wells was Levien’s "guest at United’s match Saturday night." Wells represents Ward 6, which "encompasses Buzzard Point." Sources said DC United officials also have forged a “good relationship” with Mayor Vincent Gray. The club has "pledged to pay all costs of the new stadium, which would accommodate at least 20,000 spectators and also host college sports, non-MLS soccer events and concerts." One source said that DC United would "like to see the city make 'tangible progress' this summer and complete land acquisitions by the end of the year" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/15).