This past weekend the Washington, D.C. government officially transferred the property on which D.C. United will build their soccer-specific stadium as the club looks to move into a new home in 2018.
The news of the handover to D.C. United was first reported last week by The Washington Post’s Steven Goff.
According to Goff, the club, which will next participate in a D.C. Zoning Commission meeting on Nov. 2, is aiming to break ground on the stadium in January or February 2017 with a construction timeline of 14 to 16 months.
If the stadium isn’t completed in time for the start of the 2018 season, the report states that United would likely open the year with a lengthy road trip. Several MLS teams have begun seasons with extended away trips while waiting for stadium construction or renovations to be completed, including Kansas City in 2011, Houston in 2012 and Toronto in both 2015 and 2016.
D.C. recently released updated renderings of their planned stadium, which will seat roughly 19,000. The Washington Post article contains extensive details on the land transfer, construction projections and other stadium features.