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A Letter From Victor and Will

D.C. United bosses MacFarlane and Chang address the stadium situation, the team and the new season. Read it here.

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Posted by: Pete803 | March 6, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"The club is now considering three stadium sites - all at or near Metro stops..."

I guess it boils down to their definition of "near." Hopefully it'll be within a 10-minute walk.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 6, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

A better experience at RFK is a digital screen?

We need working ATM's and good beer (that's in stock)!

Posted by: Southeasterner | March 6, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Kev, if you are out there, the shrimp & grits were great at 82 Queen. Weather was fantastic in Charleston, as well.

Posted by: Reignking | March 6, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of many owners in pro sports-but I like these guys. I hope we see them again in lot 8 this year.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | March 6, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse


I recall friends discovering some sort of trick to make one of the ATMs work correctly, but I don't remember what it was. I believe it had something to do with starting a transaction, then canceling it, then immediately starting a 2nd one.

Anyway, improving the non-soccer experience at RFK would be nice, but I guess years of going there have toughened me up. If they can maintain clean tap lines and teach their security staff that asking people directly behind the Barra/SEs to sit is going to get them laughed at or ignored, I'll be happy.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 6, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"as well as County Executive Jack Johnson"

Sweet, didn't know Jack was a footy fan! Have seen him twice at Merriweather.

Posted by: peridigm | March 6, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rockotodd | March 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I loved DC United. I was at RFK to see the home opener against the Gals in 1996. I was at MLS Cup 1997. But I really wonder if they need to pack up and find a new city that actually welcomes them. Despite good attendance and a winning tradition, DC and now even Maryland give them no respect whatsoever. Honestly, United should start looking for a city that wants them. Screw DC and Maryland.

I blame this disaster on two things: that lying sack of you-know-what Fenty and the greedy Gnats ownership that pulled a fast one on the city and left a bitter taste in everyone's mouth. Boy, I can't wait to see Poplar Point 10 years from now...still a festering, stinking plot of undeveloped land.

What could have been.

Posted by: defpotec | March 6, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@defpotec: The Nats owners had nothing to do with the stadium. They bought the team well after it was paid for. You wanna blame someone? Blame MLB -- THEY'RE the ones who got the sweetheart deal.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 6, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I like the commitment of the club's ownership. They are doing all of the right things. The move to PG is bold and they have the cojones to do it. Lets see if the political leadership can stand up and show some vision to get the venue built. It will transform the area.

Posted by: sbg1 | March 6, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John -- the Nats' owners -- the Lerners -- did plenty to earn resentment with respect to the stadium.

For starters, the city wanted to build underground garages -- and leave the land adjacent to the stadium to be developed for retail and commercial uses that would generate tax base and conribute to the community.

The Lerners insisted that would be a breach of contract, because underground garages couldn't be finished in time. Then, it turned out virtually no one drove to Nats' games. Spots in these above-ground lots are hugely over-priced and they remain at least half-empty.

So, now the city is stuck with these eyesores that are a blight in the community -- a total waste of money and useful land. And, guess what? The Nats withheld their rent for the entire season anyway, claiming various niggling little unfinished details voided their contractual obligations.

The biggest irony is that it probably hurts the Nats as much the city. The Nats need that neigborhood to blossom, and it's not happening. Those garages are part of the problem. If they had any sense, they'd knock 'em down, one at a time, and replace them with the underground parking the city wanted in the first place.

Speaking of parking -- there's a curious detail in those DCU stadium FAQs. They estimate they will need 3200-3500 parking spaces, for a 24,000 seat stadium -- might seem a bit understated, unless everyone takes the Metro, as Nats' fans do. However, DC is estimating 40% of the fans will take the Metro. That's 8-10,000 a game. Are the other 10,000-14,000 fans piling into the 3500 cars? Either they will need much more parking, or a lot more people need to start taking Metro to United games....

I hope that DCU wll be more committed than the Lerners to spending whatever it takes to produce winners...and, also more cognizant of the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. Early signs are positive. Would that the Lerners would follow DC United's civic-minded example...

Posted by: fischy | March 7, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I think *digital platform* is the new website. Can't remember when Kyle said it was going to launch... March 18th?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 7, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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