A soccer stadium in seven months?


It’s been 10 months since Mayor Vincent Gray announced his intent to build a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Seven months from today, a new mayor will be sworn in, and Vincent Gray will be left to reflect on the legacy of his single term. Will it include a new soccer stadium — putting him in the same league as Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, who both spearheaded major building projects during their time in office? That all depends on the D.C. Council, which will take up the $300 million soccer deal in the coming months. Gray’s political clout appears to be at low ebb, and some key members have reservations about the deal — particularly the proposal to swap the Frank D. Reeves Center to a developer for stadium land. But no member has rejected the proposal entirely, and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who previously pushed through a convention center and baseball stadium, says everything could be wrapped up by year’s end: “The deal that the mayor has sent down is a doable deal.”

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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