It’s not the first, but perhaps will be the last concept presented to DC United fans. Much more modest than the version shown last year, but finding a home after two decades in MLS sounds nice either way.
Global sports architecture giants Populous recently revealed two renderings of the planned DC United new stadium. Compared to those published last year it’s… completely a different thing. Instead of roof covering all stands only two sides would be protected from elements, while seating layout and grandstand construction varies.
What remains unchanged is the location at Buzzard Point (just south of downtown), capacity of 20,000+ and the plan of building additional commercial zones (including a hotel) just north and north-east of the stadium itself. Comparison between what was proposed last year and what’s included in the latest draft can be found below:
We use the word “draft” on purpose as the stadium may still see some alterations compared to the latest images. According to the Washington Post several features are still being negotiated, while wide consultation of the future fanbase is still ongoing.
In June, officials with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the team reached final agreement on a deal for the stadium, but the city must still finalize acquisition of the needed land by Sept 30. There are deals in place to acquire all but one parcel owned by developer Akridge. The city is said to be in discussions with Akridge.
DC United were established in 1995, but are yet to play a game at a soccer-specific home stadium. The MLS franchise has been using RFK Stadium as their home, although the place is considered a compromise, not long-term solution.