Picture courtesy of D.C. United
This Tuesday, December 2, The District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 was voted unanimously to approve the plans to build a soccer stadium at Buzzard point, an industrial area in southwest Washington D.C. after 10 years of searching for a home. The vote was an accumulation of a 2 year back and forth negotiation process and even though it brought the club lots of joy it came as a surprise. This vote marks the final steps for the approval of the process.
According to mlssoccer.com, D.C United’s managing general Jason Levien wrote in an email “We have a deep appreciation for the D.C. Council’s continuing efforts which culminated in today’s unanimous 12-0 vote in favor of the stadium legislation,this is a significant step toward securing a permanent home for D.C. United.” The council members have said it will be a huge financial gain for the city and opportunity to build up a part of D.C. that has been undeveloped the last couple of years. The city will borrow $62 million to help finance the stadium and the team will be responsible for its proper construction.
The full council legislative hearing second reading and vote are scheduled for December 16, 2014, once the process is complete it will be the final step and the building for D.C. United’s home will begin.