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Poplar What?

On the prospects of a stadium at Poplar Point, Commish Don Garber said:


"We are making progress. I sat next to a number of city officials [during today's DCU luncheon] who believe in this team, believe in this sport, they believe in Victor MacFarlane and Will Chang. It's frustrating and continually surprising to me that such an authentic team that is so deeply embedded in this community, that has been a great partner in the District is struggling to get a stadium built. And yet we have teams that are being launched around the country that have had a much easier and faster path. I applaud Victor's patience and his willingness to continue to work through the process, but when you think about how great this could be, it's disappointing that we are going to have to wait so far for that true vision of the team to be realized."

"RFK has served this team well and it served the Nationals well for a few years, but it would be inconceivable for baseball to play long term in RFK and it's inconceivable that MLS could play long term in that stadium. So we either resolve it here or we push this ownership group to move out of the District and that's something I say with a heavy heart because this is a community that has really supported this team."

Garber said he has toured the two potential stadium sites in Prince George's County, Maryland.

"They are great sites, they are accessible to public transportation, they've got great access for signage, which is a valuable component to stadium financing, and I am very pleased that the outreach the state and local community has had to move the team there."

How much longer can MLS and DCU wait for this process in the District to play itself out?

"I'd like to get this resolved in a matter of months, but I am not sure it will be."

Asked if he had any news on the Poplar Point project, Victor MacFarlane said: "No, nothing. I'm boring these days."

As for exploring the alternate sites in Maryland, he added: "We are continuing our process in other places."

DCU President Kevin Payne said that Poplar Point is the only option inside the city limits. (There had been talk that the city might propose an alternate site.) He also said DCU and the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission met this week about a long-term lease to stay at RFK until a new stadium opens and that he expects that to be finalized in the coming weeks.

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
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sounds almost like we're back to "zzzzzzzzzzzzz" ...

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Prince George's County, Maryland?????????, I hope not.

Posted by: yo its me | March 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Goff - Thanks for the knowledge. Great to see so many updates this afternoon.

Posted by: tmc | March 25, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Bring the stadium to Maryland! It will be Metro accesible so the Metro riding fans won't have to endure too much additional pain, and if MD Stadium Authority gets it right they'll probably make sure that one of the parking lots is "Lot 8"

Staying in the District would be nice, but at some point you have to realize it aint gonna happen

Posted by: Piney O | March 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with PG County, if its near one of the metro stops (as we are assured it would be). We have to stop acting like its the end of the earth.

That being said, I prefer it is in the District, but I don't think that it so much better that it is worth all of the hassel that DCU has been going through.

Posted by: El Muñeco | March 25, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Quite amazing that VM can still crack a joke about this -- I guess you have to or you'd cry...

Posted by: RK | March 25, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The worst part about swallowing the pride and leaving the city will be that this weekend everyone will gloat over the new dump for the Nationals. They'll talk about how it's bringing life to an area of the district and the game will be a sell-out. It will likely be the last game on prime-time TV there as the Nats will take up their place in the bottom of the division and corporate sales alone will make them an "on-paper" success.

Also - the day that DC gets to tear down RFK - plans for Redskins SuperPlex will already be done!

Posted by: Salt in the Wounds | March 25, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

How long is the long-term lease agreement at RFK?

If it is more than 2 years has DCU considered putting a couple million into filling in the stands in the lower bowl, adding better concessions and maybe cover up the upper bowl with advertisement "tarps" for additional revenue?

Posted by: Southeasterner | March 25, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just move to Arlington?
It would probably hurt the team moving them outside of the beltway wouldn't it?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 25, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

How much less (than the $200 million or whatever in infrastructure funds DCU's PP site proposal had) would the other alternatives the city favors cost? Has that been determined yet?

Posted by: Juan-John | March 25, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Arlington has had open arms the entire time and people would love to have a soccer stadium next door or on of those expensive and accessible plots that has plans for development.

Not all of PG is outside the beltway.

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I live in PG County and would prefer if the team stays in DC. Not for any reason other than that the team is named DC UNITED. Not Maryland United or Real MD FC or any of that. With such an eclectic fan base coming from DC, MD, and VA, it would be a shame to move the team out of the city.

Posted by: CY | March 25, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Hoping Poppyseed point will work out(seems like shish dream right now) but as long as the MD site is within walking distance from Metro I can live with that. Having another Stadium in the middle of nowhere like FedEx really lends to the loss of a personality for stadium. FedEx is souless and having something near the Anacostia River overlooking the City would certainly build a character much more quickly. As decrepid as RFK is I'll miss it when it's finally gone.

Posted by: glove | March 25, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

If it is more than 2 years has DCU considered putting a couple million into filling in the stands in the lower bowl, adding better concessions and maybe cover up the upper bowl with advertisement "tarps" for additional revenue?


Posted by: Southeasterner | March 25, 2008 05:07 PM
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Neither DCU nor DCSEC is going to sink any significant money, certainly not a million or two, into anything associated with Estadio RFK at this point. They probably wouldn't even fix the potholes one encounters on one's way into the parking lots. It seems that the advertising tarps could pay for themselves. Better concessions might pay for themselves, but that is more iffy. As Goff pointed out in a previous thread, with over 40,000 seats in the stadium as it is, there is little incentive to put anything into the gap in the lower deck, as it would only be used when Beckham comes to town or on similar occasions. Perhaps there is a low-cost option that would be aesthetically more pleasing than a gaping hole (e.g., laying down some outdoor carpet and putting in cabaret seating).

Posted by: tri-village | March 25, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It would probably hurt the team moving them outside of the beltway wouldn't it?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 25, 2008 06:00 PM
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A large portion of PG is inside the beltway. Although I'm not sure that really matters as long as the site is A) easily walkable from a metro stop, and B) easily reached from a beltway exit.

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 25, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

A glance at a map will reveal that any site in northern PG that is near Metrorail is ipso facto inside the Beltway. Further, the sites that are under consideration (College Park/Greenbelt/New Carrollton) are close to the Beltway.

Posted by: tri-village | March 25, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

DCU President Kevin Payne said that Poplar Point is the only option inside the city limits. (There had been talk that the city might propose an alternate site.) He also said DCU and the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission met this week about a long-term lease to stay at RFK until a new stadium opens and that he expects that to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Was this always part of the post?

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

re: the hole in the stands at RFK...

I've always thought they should paint United on the wall or spell it out with white gravel on black or something like that.

Posted by: rpm7k | March 25, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to that dude who posted Fenty's speech at RFK every time Poplar Point was mentioned?

Posted by: Glaucon | March 25, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Shows you how much I really know about PG county.
I've lived in Arlington since I moved to the area in 04.
If the stadium is in walking distance of metro it's all good I guess.
We all have to agree that "Inside City Limits" is what WE all want and where DCU should reside and play.
The story is so loooong and boring I agree. They should make like Seattle and Implode RFK, Build the new Stadium in Lot 8 and redevelop the remaining land as parking and training grounds and first class parking for the Nationals...

Posted by: Dadryan | March 25, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to that dude who posted ONE TERM MAYOR's speech at RFK every time Poplar Point was mentioned?

Posted by: Glaucon | March 25, 2008 09:36 PM

Fixed your post.

Posted by: David | March 25, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"The story is so loooong and boring I agree."

Boring? I don't know. But long enough for me to write a 20 page paper on it.

Posted by: UVA to RFK | March 25, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

If a site in DC-proper is not attainable, MD is > VA because the MD State Troopers are laid-back, costumed-characters from Chuckie-Cheese in comparison to the brownshirt-fascists in VA. I say this as a current NC-Resident, who's lived in both Maryland and VA. Not to mention PG County actually has affordable land within pre-existing Metro stations, while the same can not be said for anywhere in VA. A future station (likely 5-10+ years) at Dulles doesn't help us now.

Posted by: AlecW81 | March 26, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Herndon United!

Posted by: bobf | March 26, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Fold the team if they have to move outside the city.

Posted by: Hoost | March 26, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

stay @ rfk. it's the green thing to do! i just toured the nats stadium and it sure is nice, but the seats are still plastic. no butt warmers or massagers!!

Posted by: mizage | March 26, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The sites in Prince George's County are:

1) Inside the beltway; and

2) VERY Metro accessible.

That said, I think it is important for the team to get the deal done in DC. The soul of the team is in the city, and belongs there.

Posted by: Greenbelt United | March 26, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

This is very sad!

Posted by: Joel | March 26, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Good point on the Super Troopers AlecW81, the police in VA are always hot to trot.
Affordable land is also a good point.
I just don't understand why DC is such a Pain in the Butt when it comes to getting anything done.
Democracy at work I suppose but, some times it seems like Fenty for all his down to earth keeeping it realness has never been out of DC and seen the Benefit of keeping world class sports inside the city limits.
I am glad they got Baseball done and It may take a minute but I know it's already making a difference in that neighborhood, and aside from the parking nightmare the money and tourist draw of the new park will come.
DC United already have an awesome following in the City that draws people in to the city, pushing it out into the burbs would be a huge mistake.
The land is in the City, Use it already!!!!!!

Posted by: Dadryan | March 26, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

If you've been having your butt warmed and massaged at RFK, you may want to alert authorities, mizage.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

PG U-ni-ted!!!!
PG U-ni-ted!!!!
PG U-ni-ted!!!!

Posted by: wmsiii | March 26, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Distressing to say the least.

With attendence regularly over 20K a game, DC united draws more than every other team but the Redskins. Think of the revenue.

Mayor Fenty needs to get his head out and move this along.

Posted by: Matt Johnston | March 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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