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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Does the soccer stadium deal make sense?


The District has agreed to a preliminary deal to build a dedicated soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, and to redevelop the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets NW with a new mixed-use building.

Under the deal, the stadium would be located at the southern base of Potomac Avenue SW, just four blocks from Nationals Park. It would seat 20,000 to 25,000 people, and cost around $150 million to build. DC United would pay for construction, but the District would donate the land.


A rendering of the proposed soccer stadium for DC United. (Courtesy of HKS)
Development firm Akridge currently owns much of the land for the stadium. Instead of buying the land outright, D.C. would swap it for Reeves Center. Akridge would then tear down and redevelop the Reeves Center, while United would build a stadium at Buzzard Point.

The deal must still be approved by the D.C. Council.

Is this a good idea?

Is Buzzard Point the right place for a stadium? Usually it’s not a great idea to put two large stadiums so close to each other, because when so much land is given over to sports, there’s not enough left over to build a functioning mixed-use neighborhood. That’s a major problem with Baltimore’s Camden Yards area, with the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, and with most multiple-stadium complexes.

But Buzzard Point may be different.

[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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