In less than three weeks citizens flooded the mayor’s office with over 27,000 emails expressing support for the new DC United stadium. Its fate it still unclear, though.
In early 2014 signals came indicating Washington DC citizens aren’t too supportive of the new football stadium planned for DC United. 6 in 10 locals surveyed for Washington Post were against the scheme for a 25,000 capacity stadium at Buzzard Point.
Though the football club assured they don’t require any financial support from taxpayers’ pocket with construction itself, the project’s land acquisition would require the city to put forward $150 million.
United may be among the most successful clubs throughout the MLS, but the league itself and association football altogether are still behind largest American sports in terms of popularity. But the club did earn a faithful and vibrant fanbase.
That fanbase proved to be extremely active recently. Roughly 2,000 people flooded mayoral emails with over 27,000 messages of support for the project. And the club hope that’s not the end of growing backing.
“We are pleased by all the support we are receiving from District residents,” said D.C. United Chief Operating Officer Tom Hunt. “The more people understand the plans, the more they like what is being proposed. We are still in the early stages of our outreach efforts to inform the community about a plan that will benefit the city and its taxpayers. We expect many more D.C. residents to send messages to the Mayor and Council in the coming weeks.”