Reports: DC United, Washington reach tentative stadium deal, announcement set for Thursday
One of the longest stadium sagas in Major League Soccer history looks set to be coming to a stunning end.
According to multiple reports out of the nation's capital that broke on Wednesday evening, D.C. United and the office of the mayor of Washington are set to announce a stadium deal on Thursday morning. The Washington Post says a tentative agreement has been reached to build a 20,000-seat stadium for the team on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington.
If the reports are true, it would be a stunning end to United's long search for a new permanent home outside of RFK Stadium, the only home the original MLS club has ever known. The reported stadium site is mere blocks from Nationals Stadium, where the local Major League Baseball team calls home, and on prime Washington real estate.
D.C. United co-owner Jason Levien last commented publicly on the quest for a new stadium back in March during the team's 2013 home opener and told reporters the club was making "tangible progress."
According to the Post, several aspects of the agreement were not yet finalized and required approval from the D.C. Council. As stated, the District of Columbia and D.C. United would split the costs for the project, with the city providing funds to prepare the site.
D.C. United did not immediately respond to requests for comment from MLSsoccer.com, but the office of the mayor of Washington sent out an advisory Wednesday evening that "a major announcement" involving "partner organizations" would be made on Thursday morning at 11 at ET.