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New D.C. United Soccer Stadium Staying in DC

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Looks like the Virginia crisis/threat has been averted. From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a final agreement between the District government and D.C. United that clears the way for D.C. United to build a new soccer stadium in the District of Columbia. The signed agreements include improved deal terms which will result in better financial protections for District of Columbia residents, clarify the size and timeline of the stadium, and strengthen community engagement. The Bowser Administration will submit legislation to the Council of the District of Columbia for final review.

“Thanks to the hard work of the District government and D.C. United staff, a world-class soccer stadium will call Buzzard Point home – for good,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This agreement will add vibrancy to a neighborhood on the banks of the Anacostia River and generate jobs for District residents as my Administration creates pathways to the middle class. With this agreement, Washington, D.C. remains the #SportsCapital, and Washingtonians stand together to declare: Vamos United!”

“This is a significant step forward for D.C. United and the District of Columbia,” said D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien. “We commend the tireless efforts of Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Kenner and the administration. More than anything, we thank our fans and supporters for their dedication and commitment to the club.”

“I am pleased we finally have the soccer stadium locked down,” said D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. “The Council cleared the way last December, approving the deal and providing the funding. The District has been ready to go for months, and this agreement ensures the team stays located with its fan base.”

Through negotiations with D.C. United, the Bowser Administration was able to ensure that the stadium provides robust community benefits for District residents and secured and executed a No Relocation Agreement.

In March, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Local 25 Union and D.C. United to sign a Labor Peace Agreement that will create middle-class hospitality jobs and expand the positive impact of the District’s investment in the stadium. In December, as Mayor-Elect, Bowser delinked the Frank R. Reeves Center from the soccer stadium deal in order to protect the interests of District residents.”

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