We have some big news - @DCUnited is here to stay! RT and spread the word. #DCProud pic.twitter.com/uWZjUau6Yx— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 8, 2015
D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser has confirmed that the D.C. United soccer stadium will stay in Washington, D.C. Recently, there were reports that D.C. United was looking into ditching the District to build the stadium in Loudoun County. Whether or not the interest in building the stadium in Virginia was serious or a power play, this finalized agreement includes "improved deal terms," according to the press release. These terms will include "better financial protections" for residents as well as a clear timeline. According to WUSA9, the new deal also features a "No Relocation Agreement." The stadium will have a capacity between 20,000 and 25,000 people. The stadium is expected to deliver by the 2017 season. Expect an update later today with more details after a press conference Bowser is attending is completed.
UPDATE: Washington Business Journal reported that the stadium is expected to open by March 2018. The District has agreed to spend $150 million on the stadium. The District must have total site control by September 30 of this year. To obtain the final parcels of the land, the District may have to turn to eminent domain if no agreement is made with developer Akridge on the price of its two acres.
· DC United Stadium Deal Finalized [Southwest ... The Little Quadrant That Could]
· Mayor welcomes DC United stadium to District [WUSA9]
· District, D.C. United leaders celebrate their final stadium deal [Washington Business Journal]
· D.C. United Stadium May End Up in Loudoun County [Curbed DC]
· D.C. United Stadium coverage [Curbed DC]