Plans Surface for D.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point - Sort of.

When a new stadium is built for D.C. United, one end of the field had better be known as the Moreno Stand. If not, then I'll keep annoying people with comments like "One end of the field really needs to be known as the Moreno Stand."

Look for my Reax post on last night's last-minute loss tomorrow morning. In the meantime...

Goff teased it in his game recap, and now we have the story from the Washington Post's Capital Business publication: "planning documents" obtained by the Post would consolidate five parcels of land at the base of Potomac Avenue SWo n Buzzard Point to build a soccer specific stadium for D.C. United. EDIT: Click through the link for a map of the site.

The five parcels are across Second Street SW from Fort McNair and the National Defense University, and they extend as far east as Half Street SW (which is a different Half Street than the one associated with Nats Park). R and T streets would mark the north and south boundaries of the consolidated site. Of the five parcels involved, Ackridge owns one, as does the District. Two parcels are owned by Pepco and currently house an electrical substation scheduled to be decommissioned in May of this year. Intriguingly, the remaining plot is owned by Washington Kastles (of World Team Tennis) owner Mark Ein, who has had his own stadium adventures in the city - if on a smaller scale. Of course, neither Ein nor Pepco is admitting to being in any discussions with the team or the city regarding the disposition of the land. Which tells us precisely nothing about anything.

Moreover, the Post story never makes it clear from where the "planning documents" were obtained. The piece does mention, however, that the documents were produced by HKS, the architecture firm who designed the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, as well as Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis and, perhaps more relevantly, Santos Laguna's gorgeous newish ground, Estadio Corona.

It's tough to say whether these were designed on spec or whether talks are more advanced than we realized. My guess is probably somewhere in the middle, especially given the guarded optimism that seems to be emanating from team owner Will Chang and the front office recently. (Hey, guarded optimism is still better than guarded pessimism, which has characterized things since the PG County deal fell apart.)

In short: as always, Zzzzzzzzzz.

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