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January 17, 2011
D.C. United exploring D.C. stadium sites
D.C. United is apparently preparing to play Baltimore and Washington against each other in its bid for a new stadium: After talking up Baltimore last summer, team president Kevin Payne now says he's discussed four sites in D.C. with city officials.
One leading candidate, according to the Washington Post, is Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington:
[City council member Tommy] Wells said last week that he isn't sure how a stadium would be financed, particularly with the city facing an expected $400 million-plus budget shortfall next year, but that a stadium on Buzzards Point would enliven the neighborhood. The Akridge property is between First and Second and R and V streets SW, a neighborhood that has seen little new development. "It's an area that really could be a great place for soccer, but also a great place to have more commerce and retail on the west side of South Capitol," Wells said.
If Buzzard Point is familiar to you, that may be because it's part of the same area that was supposed to be revitalized by the Washington Nationals stadium when that was opened in 2008. But surely the second time will be the charm.