City of Washington approves deal for new D.C. United stadium

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Washington, D.C.'s city council has approved a plan for a new stadium for D.C. United, according to The Washington Post

The stadium will be a 20,000-seat soccer-specific venue in the Buzzard Point neighborhood, near the Washington Nationals' stadium in the southwestern part of the city. It is expected to be ready by the start of the 2017 MLS season, according to the Post. 

Construction will cost $300 million, with the city and the team each chipping in $150 million. The deal will cost the city an additional "$43 million in forgone tax revenue," according to the Post. 

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D.C. United has played at RFK Stadium since joining MLS as one of the league's founding members in 1996. The stadium, which opened in 1961, is the former home of the Nationals and Washington Redskins. 

At the time of its inception, most MLS teams played in football stadiums. In recent years, however, more teams have moved to soccer-specific venues. Six of the 20 MLS teams will play in shared venues next season. 

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