Spurred on by team management, supporters of a new D.C. United stadium have sent over 27,000 emails to the District of Columbia Mayor and Council members, arguing for a new Buzzard Point facility.
“We are pleased by all the support we are receiving from District residents,” said D.C. United Chief Operating Officer Tom Hunt. “The more people understand the plans, the more they like what is being proposed. We are still in the early stages of our outreach efforts to inform the community about a plan that will benefit the city and its taxpayers. We expect many more D.C. residents to send messages to the Mayor and Council in the coming weeks.”
The D.C. United stadium plan, according to team officials, has team ownership responsible for privately financing and constructing the $150-million D.C. United stadium while the District assembles the land and prepares it for development (street lights, sidewalks, curbs, etc.). The proposal will generate $387 million in new tax revenue, create 870 construction jobs and 550 permanent jobs. The District, which will lease the stadium site to D.C. United, will retain ownership of the land at the end of the lease period, at which point the property will likely be worth more than $700 million.
“The plan is so much more than just a sports stadium. It will create jobs in three different wards and revitalize several different neighborhoods including the Anacostia Gateway,” said Stan Jackson, President and CEO, Anacostia Economic Development Corporation. “In fact, the proposal will generate in excess of 1,000 jobs and redevelopment that is highly needed in Ward 8.”