DC United release new stadium renderings, hope no one remembers old stadium renderings

If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for vaportecture porn! Today, the latest renderings of the planned D.C. United stadium:

dcunited.imrs.phpOkay, nothing too fancy, and that triple-deck stand on one side is kind of weird (it’s a single-decker on the other side), but it looks like a pretty standard second-division soccer stadium, which is about right for MLS. But say, didn’t they release renderings of this once before?

I’m not actually bothered that much by the design change, but yeah, don’t believe the pretty pictures, people. The stadium isn’t set to open until 2018 and the seating capacity isn’t even decided on yet, so I wouldn’t get too attached to the new renderings, either.


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10 comments on “DC United release new stadium renderings, hope no one remembers old stadium renderings

  1. It appears as if the second and third deck have collapsed upon the lower deck. It’s nice of DC to be upfront about this so ticket buyers know the risk they are taking.

  2. I’m always struck by how underwhelming these “soccer friendly” stadiums are. The seats alongside the field (if built this way) would be awful. I guess that’s a premium deck just above it. But overall, it really won’t be a much better “game viewing” experience than RFK was–long considered one of the most intimidating stadiums in the NFL, but I guess it lost those secret powers with a soccer team. Plus the public transport will be more like FedEx Field than RFK.

    The good news is that the deck behind the goal does have stairs going to it. But the rendering suggests there aren’t any actual seats. They’ll love that in the UK.

  3. This thing is gonna cost fifty million bucks, if that. It’ll fit right in with the rest of the erector sets in MLS.

  4. Soccer fans are weird in that they like sitting behind the goal. The advantage being they never have to turn their necks. If you sit at midfield, you’re always turning left and right. Personally I like sitting in the corner. You turn your neck, but just a little.

  5. I guess Ben hasn’t seen Kansas City’s park or Houston’s park or Portland’s park or any of the other MLS stadia put up since Columbus’. (I will give you Dallas, though.)

  6. It looks like my old high school football stadium. 60 years old and still functional. Maybe my 40,000 person hometown should apply for a major league team?

  7. The new rendering looks like a shoe box that my kids cut up for a school project. Now that the city has agreed to pay for the land and infrastructure the team has gone into quick and cheap mode.

  8. So, Mark, I guess the club seat section would be in the upper deck then? I can see the marketing now… “Further from the field, but guaranteed crush free*”

  9. At least that looks like a realistic MLS stadium. It also looks like capacity will be 19-20k, which is normal for MLS.

  10. Fans prefer midfield, but know cheaper seats are on the ends. MLS crowds are younger and less corporate than other sports and seek value. I think the stadium looks nice, and I hope, Ben Miller, that it is cheap. Soccer games are quick and sparse works fine, the Colorado MLS park is perfectly good and, I think, sparse. Though, to be fare, I may not know any better as all of Colorado’s stadiums are relatively basic.

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