Major League Soccer’s DC United has set plans to build a new 20-25,000-seat stadium in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington, DC. The new soccer stadium will be designed to connect the developing areas around Nationals Park and the new Wharf development along the Southwest Waterfront. The project is expected to cost approximately $300 million and will transform an undeveloped part of the city into a vibrant and environmentally friendly new waterfront neighborhood. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in April 2016. The stadium is expected to open in 2018.
Proposed Stadium Plan
DC United has formed a unique public-private partnership with Akridge, a real estate development firm, and PEPCO, the regional electric utility to develop the project. The plan calls for tenants of the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs to relocate to a new facility near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road SE in Anacostia. The new municipal complex will adjoin another recently completed facility housing the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development and will include street-level retail, residential properties and a parking lot. The proposal also calls for PEPCO to build a new substation in the area to accommodate future growth and development.
The proposed plan for the DC United Stadium has not been finalized, so details are subject to change. The proposal includes the following components:
- 51 percent of jobs at the soccer stadium (ticket takers, guest services, ushers, food service, etc.) to go to DC residents
- 50 percent of all development-related contracts (e.g. design, construction, etc.) to go to Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) businesses with 35 percent to small and 20 percent to disadvantaged business enterprises
- 35 percent of all stadium operation contracts (i.e. janitorial, food service, security, etc.) to go to CBE businesses.
About DC United
Headquartered in Washington, DC and currently playing home matches at RFK Stadium, DC United is the most successful professional soccer organization in the history of the United States. DC United is four-time MLS Cup Champions (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004) and winners of the 1996 and 2008 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 1998 InterAmerican Cup and the 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007 MLS Supporters’ Shield. The team is one of 19 comprising Major League Soccer, joining CD Chivas USA, the Chicago Fire, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, the Kansas City Wizards, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Montreal Impact, the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, Red Bull New York, Real Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For more information about DC United, visit www.dcunited.com.
The Major League Soccer season runs from late March through October. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. DC United’s main box office is located at RFK Stadium’s Main Gate behind section 317. It is only open on game days from noon-9 p.m. Tickets for future games, as well as season tickets, are available at the Customer Service Center located on the 300 level behind section 307. The Customer Service Center is open on game days from the time gates open through the end of the match.
Akridge is a real estate services company that provides acquisition, development, asset and property management, leasing and consulting services. Since 1974, the company’s projects have encompassed more than 12 million square feet of space in the Washington DC area. Notable projects include the 1 million square foot Gallery Place, the internationally recognized Homer Building, and a 3 million square foot Burnham Place air rights development project at Union Station. For more information, visit www.akridge.com