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D.C. United releases new stadium renderings

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D.C. United’s new home may be several years away from completion, but the club’s latest release has offered a better look at what exactly can be expected from the Buzzard Point project.

Expected to open in 2018, the stadium was the subject of several renderings released Tuesday, offering a look at D.C. United’s plans for the club’s new home. The stadium is within walking distance to the home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and the Navy Yard–Ballpark station of the Washington Metro.

The city and club announced in September that the city had filed for eminent domain to acquire several acred of land Buzzard Point to be used for the new stadium.

Since the team’s inception in 1996, the club has played out of RFK Stadium.

Here’s a closer look at several other renderings of the club’s new home:

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What do you think of the renderings? Excited about the stadium project? Where would D.C. United’s new home rank among MLS venues?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Latest renderings look like the TFC stadium at Exhibition Place. Come one man, it is 2016, and this is all the suits can think of?

    • Wow, that’s a strong sense of entitlement. It’s a stadium, in D.C., which means the team is staying in the city. It looks intimate, with good sight lines. It has roofs over its stands. What else does it need in order to satisfy people?

      • Archit. is not about simple satisfaction, meat and potatoes.. Aim higher. There are so many amazing soccer stadiums being designed around the world right now. Lightweight roofs are not hard to do. Spend a little more for great design but it draws attention to the game. (I’m sure this architect could do it but no doubt the budgets are too low and the bureaucracy too murky.)

    • On the other hand, the new proposed stadium for the now LA Rams in the NFL is projected to cost $2.6 billion. That’s right, billion. You are going to a place to watch an effing game and some of these costs have gotten ridiculous. I’m used to basic stadiums compared to what they are building today. Putting a good product on the field is a lot more important to me. I don’t ever recall going to a sporting event because of how nice the stadium was. I have gone to some not at all nice stadiums because of the team(s) playing. This new stadium will still be expensive, probably have nice seats and good viewing spots with enough rest rooms and concession stands. If the access is adequate, what more do you need?

  2. Great, another rendering. Did I miss an announcement that this is actually happening? How about some actual updates? Also, where does it say it is “the most expensive stadium in MLS”?

  3. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Seriously, how long has this been going on? This is probably the fifth (sixth?) rendering i’ve seen of this stadium. Wake me when its built! Typical D.C. …take forever to get things done.

  4. Is this 100% officially really happening now or could it still be scuttled? I’ve been down to DC the past couple of years to see RBNY and would love to watch a game in a non-third world stadium.

    • never underestimate the dc council’s ability to screw things up, but everything i’m hearing is that this is done and done. i’m still not believing until i step inside on opening day.

      also, i’m sure the memories haven’t been as good for you, but i’m really going to miss rfk. yes, the tv optics weren’t good with the entire upper deck empty, but (a) i don’t give a f— what the league or other fans think, and (b) it was fun.

      still haven’t made it up to rb arena; heard it’s pretty good, though.

    • Slow,…I enjoy RB Arena and think it is great. That said,…try RFK in the mezzanine (extra large wooden chairs) with a great view of the field. Sorry,…but I have had great experiences watching soccer at RFK.

  5. Considering it is the most expensive stadium in MLS, it is a little underwhelming. The site seems to come with a lot of constraints. Hopefully, the final product will be more exciting.

      • Most roofs in MLS don’t even reach the sideline and are too high to keep in noise. As a matter of fact in these renderings DC’s roofs seem to fall short of the functional brief as well.

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