After a brief moment of hesitation, it appears D.C. United will indeed be staying in the district for years to come.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday afternoon that the city and the team have made an agreement that would pave the way for a new stadium in Buzzard Point. The news comes just one week after reports that the team could decide to move to Virginia at the 11th hour. So this comes as welcome news for United fans who feared the team might be heading elsewhere.
Here's a snippet from Monday's press release:
“Thanks to the hard work of the District government and D.C. United staff, a world-class soccer stadium will call Buzzard Point home – for good,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This agreement will add vibrancy to a neighborhood on the banks of the Anacostia River and generate jobs for District residents as my Administration creates pathways to the middle class. With this agreement, Washington, D.C., remains the #SportsCapital, and Washingtonians stand together to declare: Vamos United!”
“This is a significant step forward for D.C. United and the District of Columbia,” said D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien. “We commend the tireless efforts of Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Kenner and the administration. More than anything, we thank our fans and supporters for their dedication and commitment to the club.”
This move would also mark the first time United would play its home games outside of RFK Stadium, where the team has played since the inaugural season of 1996.
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