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Maryland: D.C. United Stadium Would Bring Jobs, Revenue

A new soccer stadium in Prince George's County for D.C. United would create up to 1,300 jobs and bring up to $6 million in tax revenue for the county and state, according to a feasbility study released today by the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The study, which will be presented to Prince George's officials today, could ramp up the competition between Maryland and the District over the future home of United, whose ownership group has been stymied in its effort to build a 27,000-seat stadium at Poplar Point in Southeast Washington.

A stadium in Prince George's would have 54-63 events per year, including 15 games for United and cumulative annual attendance for all activities is estimated between 680,000 - 841,000, according to the $75,000 study by Crossroads Consulting Services.

A news release stated that the project would create between 1,080 and 1,320 jobs, bring in gross revenues of $25.2 million to $30.8 million per year and generate between $1.8 million to $2.2 million in taxes for Prince George's and another $3.2 million to $3.9 million in tax for the state of Maryland.

The study does not take a position on whether to build the stadium and does not address how the county, state and team would finance construction of a project that could include a hotel and office space and cost up to $300 million.

In D.C., United owner Victor B. MacFarlane has been negotiating with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council about building at Poplar Point, a 110-acre swath of parkland along the Anacostia River in Ward 8. The mayor's office has generally agreed that the city would pay $150 million if the team paid the rest, but some council members have balked, saying the price is too steep. MacFarlane, meanwhile, has been pushing for a public subsidy of $225 million.


By David A Nakamura  |  September 23, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Posted by: Angelo | September 23, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess the other events would be more international soccer games and I guess some UMD games to. Maybe they propose to have concerts to?

I would guess the hotel would not be a Marriott sine they already have one across the Beltway from the site.

Posted by: EricS | September 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

United has never played only 15 home dates in a season in its existence. Ever. The number is at least seven to eight more a year and will expand as the league does. And this is plus friendlies, national team games, and the Washington Freedom.

Posted by: Max J. | September 23, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen the report but I'd assume United, Freedom, nat team matches, music events and maybe the Bayhawks.

Posted by: Everett W. | September 23, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

50-60 events a year in a SSS? Horse hockey.

Posted by: M. Fisher | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Not horse hockey. With the expanding MLS, and DCU continuing qualification for international tournaments, you can expect that DCU home games could equal 35+. Add 12 or so for Freedom, 5-8 for UMD, 2-3 for USMNT matches, 3-5 other international matches...that's without holding a concert, monster truck rally, or flying trapese circus.

Posted by: Jon Hoffman | September 23, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Marc Fisher. If that really was you -- shut the hell up. We know your stance on the subject.

Posted by: steve-o | September 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why has DC United "been stymied in its effort to build a 27,000-seat stadium at Poplar Point in Southeast Washington" while MLB was virtually welcomed with open wallets by the previous administration to get a super-expensive baseball stadium built in SE?

In this day and age, and in this region, one would suspect that a (somewhat smaller) stadium for soccer, would be a more attractive idea than a (bigger) stadium for baseball.

Any updates on Synder's plans to get a new NFL dome built in DC, and how that might be affecting the negotiations MacFarlane may be having with the city?

Posted by: Kick it around | September 23, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Marc Fisher, the Champion of the People. An a$$wipe who has never set foot in Ward 8 but thinks it's his duty to tell them how to run and live their lives. Take this report and shove it. And then shove what's left of it down Fenty's throat. Once this stadium gets built I'll never spend another dime in DC. Have fun with the non-rent paying Nats. Idiots....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This year DC will play, at a minimum, 28 home matches (not including potential playoff matches and/or additional CONCACAF Champions League matches).

Throw in the other sporting events listed above, and the fact that it will likely serve as a concert venue as well, then 50-60 event should be easily attained.

Posted by: swwj | September 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Freedom are playing their home matches at the Maryland Soccer Plex, AFAIK, so they don't factor into this equation except for doubleheaders with United (about which there are negotiations.)

Posted by: Colm | September 23, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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The study, which will be presented to Prince George's officials today, could ramp up the competition between Maryland and the District over the future home of United,
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Could?

I kind of doubt it will ramp up any competion. Seriously, how interested is the City Council in keeping United in DC?

I'd love for United to be able to play at Poplar Point, but is that really even an option that DC even considering anymore?

Posted by: Ronald | September 23, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Those interested in how they figured to get the 50-60 events would do well to actually read the report. To make it easy, here is the link: http://www.mdstad.com/pdf/MSASoccerStadiumFinalReportSept08.pdf

Go to the table on page 90. Then get to that worthless internet argument about it.

Posted by: Rex | September 23, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@Colm - the Freedom have repeatedly stated that they intend to be a tenant in a new United stadium. The SoccerPlex is a temporary home...

Posted by: Word | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they're including the DCU non-MLS tournament games in the international numbers. 55 events year sounds like a resonable guess unless they score the Bayhawks, in which case it would be over 60.

Wouldn't count on many concerts. Stadium shows usually want bigger and the rest do the sheds in summer.

Iwonder if it would be fesable to incorporate some kind of track and field options? Those can attract some good numbers.

Posted by: EricS | September 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If you build it, I will come. With my family and as many soccer people I can stuff in my minivan.

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 23, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Iwonder if it would be fesable to incorporate some kind of track and field options? Those can attract some good numbers.
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Most soccer fans do not hold venues with tracks in high regard. They prefer to be as close to the action as possible. I don't know of any other recently built MLS venue that has a track, or where including a track was even given serious consideration.

Posted by: cica | September 23, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I continue to harp because I never get an answer. re: the "public subsidy" referred to is that $amount related to stadium construction or infrastructure costs for road connections and such? thre's a huge difference between the two concepts.

Posted by: freedc | September 23, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

bring on the stadium!

Posted by: katie kosko | September 23, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I just got one question, with this constant false reporting... Nakamura, who's paying you under the table?

Posted by: MikeZ | September 23, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I continue to harp because I never get an answer. re: the "public subsidy" referred to is that $amount related to stadium construction or infrastructure costs for road connections and such? thre's a huge difference between the two concepts.

Posted by: freedc | September 23, 2008 4:34 PM

Infrastructure. The team is paying for the stadium.

Posted by: the slammer | September 23, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"ramp up the competition between Maryland and the District "

How is it a "competition" if the District doesn't want it?

I blame Marc Fisher for all of this.

He spent over a year making up environmental groups and pushing council members to oppose a Poplar Point stadium for "environmental reasons," now Clark is planning to use that land for a Wall-Mart or Shopko.

The environmental impact from a suburban sprawl stadium with tons of parking will be far worse than anything they could have done on Poplar Point, not to mention the city and DC United was going to clean up the Poplar Point site of its current toxins and already is one of the most active business organizations in Anacostia river clean up.

Lets not even get into the fact that United does far more for the community than all the other pro DC teams combined, even before the possibility of Poplar Point.

DC, you built the wrong stadium for the wrong team!


Posted by: Fisher wins DC loses...have fun at the Nats games | September 23, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

You all do realize that the person above under "M Fisher" is just a troll, right?


Perhaps they could look into havign the stand be moveable so they could be rolled towards the field for soccer and away for track? Just postulating a bit. Probably not going to happen, but it's an idea.

Posted by: EricS | September 23, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

If PG County builds the stadium, it will somewhat more inconvenient for some fans and more convenient for others. On the whole, DC fans will adjust and be little the worse for wear. OTOH, Anacostia will continue to be the bleak, crime-ridden place that it has become with one fewer ray of hope for help. Will a soccer stadium help this situation? Not having one certainly can't benefit the area. (Forgive the intentional double negative.)

Posted by: Dr. Woo | September 23, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

DC United needs a brand spanking new Stadium NOW! It's that simple. If the lousy Nats can their own 700Million + stadium and lose 100 games per season, DC United deserve one now and we need one NOW!

Posted by: Sonny | September 24, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I actually believe the field will be designed with the correct dimentions for horse hockey.

So yeah they will have around 10 horse hockey games there a year.

Posted by: Garrick | September 24, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

NO! KEEP UNITED IN DC! PGC?! NO THANK YOU! This is ridiculous! The Nats get a new stadium with no problems an yet DC can't. Even the Skins look more likely to get ANOTHER stadium before DCU even gets one. I hate it so much!

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