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Ben Jealous, partner at Kapor Capital and former President and CEO of the NAACP talks about the new Soccer Stadium for D.C. United

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  • "I support building a new soccer stadium in DC. It's an investment that will create jobs, add to the cultural vitality of the District." — MLSSoccer.com 11/18/14

    Mayor Muriel Bowser

  • "I believe we can make the soccer stadium a success"
    — Kojo Nnamdi Show 8/30/13

    Councilmember Jack Evans Ward 2

  • "I think we had a real groundswell of support. What we saw here was a city council that got behind having soccer. There's recognition among our elected officials here that soccer is growing in this country, growing in the District, and it's impacting their voters." — SI.com 12/18/14

    Jason Levien D.C. United Managing General Partner

  • "I told you we would stay focused on keeping D.C. United right here in D.C., and I'm very proud to say I moved as a council member to make sure we have." — Comcast Sports Net Washington 1/4/15

    Mayor Muriel Bowser

  • [I'm a] "big supporter of the #DCU stadium..."
    — Twitter 8/30/13

    Former City Councilmember Tommy Wells Ward 6

  • [I am] "thoroughly, 100 percent, 1,000 percent supportive of" of the stadium deal. — The City Paper 8/7/13

    Former Mayor Marion Barry

  • "This is an exciting plan that moves the District forward in two areas about which I'm passionate — economic development, particularly in the East End of the District, and sports," said Mayor Gray. — Press release 7/25/13

    Former Mayor Vincent Gray

  • "We look forward to working with the city to build a new home for DC United. Most importantly this provides a needed pipeline to a career for District residents in the construction industry." — Press release 9/10/13

    Vance Ayres Former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington DC Building & Construction Trades Council

  • "The winningest franchise in Major League Soccer will be staying right here in the nation's capital..." — dcist 7/25/13

    Former Mayor Vincent Gray

  • "The stadium is a unique way for the city to get some of the things we need to continue growth and development." — dcist 7/25/13

    Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large)

  • "It creates an interesting synergy between the two stadiums and brands that area as a sports destination," Stevens said. "We always envisioned Buzzard Point being a very active and robust portion of development." — Washington Business Journal 7/26/13

    Michael Stevens President of Capital Riverfront BID

  • "It's going to drive our culture and our fans and our team to new heights. There's going to be a pep in everyone's step in the locker room." — AP 7/25/13

    Ben Olsen D.C. United Head Coach

  • "In order for this to work we need to put D.C. residents to work..." — Washington Times 9/11/13

    Jason Levien D.C. United Managing General Partner

  • "For this (Soccer Stadium) to be a reality for our fans to enjoy is a wonderful thing. It's something we that have been a part of this organization for a while have been dreaming about for a long time." — MLSsoccer.com 12/18/14

    Ben Olsen D.C. United Head Coach

  • "We're creating a better future for this ward — it's a great economic opportunity," Levien said. "We're creating a home for our fans and our organization that I'm proud of as the growth of soccer just explodes around this country." — Washington Times 7/25/13

    Jason Levien D.C. United Managing General Partner

  • "Today's announcement, illustrates the forward looking vision by DC United and the District of Columbia government...to providing a respectable standard of living to DC construction workers and affording structured career training opportunities for other DC residents."

    Brent Booker Secretary-treasurer of North America's Building Trades Unions

  • "The new stadium further solidifies our Anacostia Waterfront as a center for sports and culture — bridging our communities and bringing our city closer together."

    Former City Councilmember Tommy Wells Ward 6

  • "A multi-purpose soccer stadium would be an anchor and catalyst for new development in Buzzard Point,"
    — Elevation DC 1/15/15

    Michael Stevens President of Capital Riverfront BID

  • "D.C. United has represented D.C. so well, bringing home 13 trophies to the District over the last 18 years. A world class championship team, playing the world's most popular sport, in a world class city deserves its own new stadium. I support D.C. United in building a new stadium in D.C."

    Nizam B. Ali Owner Ben's Chili Bowl and Ben's Next Door

  • "This is the continuation of great planning and strategic land use for the District. It not only offers an exciting new state of the art stadium at Buzzard Point but also includes an excellent opportunity to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in ward 8 with the construction of the new Reeves Center."

    Stan Jackson President & CEO, Anacostia Economic Development Corporation

  • "This stadium is important to the vibrancy of our city and the success of our hometown soccer team, DC United."
    — WUSA 9 11/13/14

    Councilmember Jack Evans Ward 2

  • "I believe we can make the soccer stadium a success"
    — WUSA 9 11/13/14

    Councilmember Jack Evans Ward 2

  • "Congrats @dcunited & welcome to Buzzard Point! I look fwd to working w/ you & the city to make this move great for Southwest, DC, & the team."
    — Twitter 11/17/14

    Councilmember Charles Allen Ward 6

Learn More About The Stadium Proposal.

Below are some important facts about the plan for the proposed stadium. Click on each question to learn more about how the project will benefit District taxpayers and local businesses.

  • What are the details of the proposed stadium plan?

    D.C. United will build a new 20,000-25,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest. The new stadium plan will not only continue the transformation of the Anacostia waterfront, it also includes mixed-use redevelopment projects at other locations around the city which will result in additional job creation and economic benefits for the District.

    Similar to the highly successful Verizon Center agreement, under this package, D.C. United will be responsible for privately financing and constructing the $150 million stadium while the District will be responsible for assembling the land and preparing it for development (street lights, sidewalks, curbs etc.).

    The new stadium will be located next to the Fort McNair Army base and will be bound by Second Street SW and Half Street, between R and T Streets SW.

  • How many jobs will the project create?

    The plan will create 2,471 total jobs: 1,756 construction jobs and 715 permanent positions. A project labor agreement (PLA) has been signed with labor organizations that will ensure DC residents get first priority for construction jobs.

  • Who is paying for the cost of construction?

    D.C. United is paying all costs for the construction of the stadium using private funds. It is currently estimated at $150 million, and the team will be responsible for any cost overruns experienced during the construction of the project.

  • What other uses will the facility serve?

    The new stadium will host more than fifty events each year and host many other uses besides professional soccer. It will be utilized for headline concerts, cultural events, school-age sports, college soccer, football, lacrosse, and more.

  • Who will own the land?

    The District will own the land indefinitely and lease it to the team for the term of the lease. At the end of the lease, the District will own the land and all improvements on it. Assuming that land values in the District of Columbia continue to grow at 7% per year (comparable to land value growth in other parts of the city over the past 30 years), the stadium site will likely be worth more than $700 million at the end of the lease. It will be worth far more if private development occurs around the stadium site, similar to what has happened around the Verizon Center and Nationals Ballpark.

  • What is the approval process for the proposed stadium plan?

    The D.C. Council unanimously approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 on December 17, 2014.

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