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Haddy
07-25-2013, 07:28 AM
Took long enough.

Washington Post is reporting that an official announcement will come later today. 20k seater would be just down the street from where the Nationals play.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/mayor-gray-dc-united-reach-tentative-deal-on-soccer-stadium-for-buzzard-point/2013/07/24/b3c6594e-f315-11e2-ae43-b31dc363c3bf_story.html


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-insider/files/2013/07/stadium-outdoors.jpg

http://images.ftw.usatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/stadium-aerial.jpg

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/dam/assets/130724195809-stadium-aerialwide-single-image-cut.jpg

Oldtimer
07-25-2013, 07:33 AM
If any MLS team's fans deserve a nice new stadium, it would be DC's. Finally RFK can be demolished.

Eastend
07-25-2013, 07:36 AM
Nice looking design. I have roof envy. It just seems to make such a difference.

Dom

BuSaPuNk
07-25-2013, 07:37 AM
Great news for them and the league. Stadium looks nice in the renderings.

Haddy
07-25-2013, 07:45 AM
If everything works out and construction starts, that leaves three existing teams without a soccer-specific stadium:

1. Seattle @ CenturyLink Field (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CenturyLink_Field) (no reason to move, great stadium and 40k attendance average)
2. Vancouver @ BC Place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BC_Place) (Caps said they would revisit a proper stadium in the future, but not soon)
3. New England @ Gillette Stadium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gillette_Stadium) (another club that deserves better)

* San Jose's new stadium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jose_Earthquakes_Stadium) is scheduled to open in 2014

HuTor
07-25-2013, 08:17 AM
Very nice looking stadium, though again with the shit North American concept to leave one end open (some building there, but doesn't make any difference, the point is there's no seating in one end.)
I'm hailing from Europe, and I hate this concept from the bottom of my heart.

HuTor
07-25-2013, 08:25 AM
One thing I see with all these new stadiums: nobody believes soccer will become a major sport in US and Canada in the next 20 years, that's why they build stadiums to max 20-22 k capacity, except the biggest cities like NY, LA....
In any country where footy is the main sport, any city with just 300,000 pop has a stadium of around 30,000 capacity. I'm not talking about the countries with the 15 best leagues, just any country which is not considered a third world country.
Of course in US and Canada this may happen just in the next 100 years, if ever, and never to cities with just 300,000 pop, maybe triple of that, lol...

JonO
07-25-2013, 08:32 AM
Hard to tell for sure, but there may actually be seating at the "open" end. The patio looks like it is on the roof of a building, so it's hard to see what's behind it. Also, I am sure these early renderings are "subject to change" ;)

Haddy
07-25-2013, 08:35 AM
One thing I see with all these new stadiums: nobody believes soccer will become a major sport in US and Canada in the next 20 years, that's why they build stadiums to max 20-22 k capacity, except the biggest cities like NY, LA....
In any country where footy is the main sport, any city with just 300,000 pop has a stadium of around 30,000 capacity. I'm not talking about the countries with the 15 best leagues, just any country which is not considered a third world country.
Of course in US and Canada this may happen just in the next 100 years, if ever, and never to cities with just 300,000 pop, maybe triple of that, lol...

You do know where MLS ranks globally in average attendance, don't you? And most MLS stadiums, like most in Europe, are built with an option to expand later on.

In most of the leagues I believe you are talking about, a couple big teams will have a giant stadium but many others will be comparable to MLS.

Swansea and QPR are too good examples of recent Premier League stadia with the same capacity as MLS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Premier_League_stadiums

Canary10
07-25-2013, 08:45 AM
To me it looks a lot like BMO with a translucent roof.

Couchy81
07-25-2013, 09:14 AM
To me it looks a lot like BMO with a translucent roof.

I had the exact same thought. Good for them though, that monstrous tomb of a stadium they've been using was horrible.

C.Ronaldo
07-25-2013, 09:28 AM
Very nice looking stadium, though again with the shit North American concept to leave one end open (some building there, but doesn't make any difference, the point is there's no seating in one end.)
I'm hailing from Europe, and I hate this concept from the bottom of my heart.


Umm I have seen plenty with open sides.
ie Nacional Madeira, pretty new

http://www.portugalnotavel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/estadio-axa.jpg

Kaz
07-25-2013, 09:49 AM
They must be planing on a lot of new development in that area. Right now it's a scrap yard and depots.

And it may not be a full open end they may have a lower seating on the open end with a patio roof

bones
07-25-2013, 10:10 AM
While I agree the supporters at DCU are long over due and deserve this greatly, I will miss the bouncy stand at RFK :)

ManUtd4ever
07-25-2013, 10:14 AM
Beautiful stadium design. DC supporters definitely deserve it at long last.

Whoop
07-25-2013, 10:36 AM
Umm I have seen plenty with open sides.
ie Nacional Madeira, pretty new

http://www.portugalnotavel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/estadio-axa.jpg

Umm... that's Sporting Braga's stadium.

Red CB Toronto
07-25-2013, 10:37 AM
RFK has its character and some great moments for both DCU and the USMNT. The way the stands bounced were quite an experience and I one bizarre walks from the lower level to the upper level, where only the 20 or so TFC supporters were placed, it was all done in the dark. Not a single light was on going up the ramps. But in the end a great moment for me will be the US Centennial match vs. Germany this past June.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/969233_10201388055283050_1003923581_n.jpg

Carts
07-25-2013, 10:48 AM
Very nice looking stadium, though again with the shit North American concept to leave one end open (some building there, but doesn't make any difference, the point is there's no seating in one end.)
I'm hailing from Europe, and I hate this concept from the bottom of my heart.

Aviva Stadium (opened in 2010) has an open end...

Very limited seating, and giant glass wall for a view of Dublin...

Seats 51,700 even with the open end...

Haddy
07-25-2013, 11:21 AM
Official announcement was made this morning in DC. Capacity will be anywhere between 20,000 - 25,000 depending on some final decisions.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/07/25/dc-united-announce-long-awaited-plans-new-stadium-buzzard-point

jabbronies
07-25-2013, 11:30 AM
BMO field was originally open ended in the north end..sort of.

cmonyoureds
07-25-2013, 11:44 AM
It's beautiful!
We can only dream..........

Cashcleaner
07-25-2013, 12:38 PM
I like it! Obviously the roof gives it extra marks for me, but I'm digging the overall design. The external fašade reminds me of some of the more modern baseball parks in the states. Good job, DC!

http://images.ftw.usatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/stadium-aerial.jpg

Super
07-25-2013, 12:49 PM
Aviva Stadium (opened in 2010) has an open end...

Very limited seating, and giant glass wall for a view of Dublin...

Seats 51,700 even with the open end...

What a beauty, though!

http://www.drywallinteriorfitout.com/sites/default/files/aviva%20stadium%20(4).jpg

OgtheDim
07-25-2013, 12:51 PM
I think they'd have to give a discount for the seats behind the scoreboard. :yesnod:

Nice looking and all, but if the stadium looks like that when its finished, I'd be surprised.

Carts
07-25-2013, 12:52 PM
What a beauty, though!

http://www.drywallinteriorfitout.com/sites/default/files/aviva%20stadium%20(4).jpg

Absolutely!

Canary10
07-25-2013, 12:55 PM
Apparently this isn't the final design. They still need to work that out. Which is good, as that roof isn't big enough.

C.Ronaldo
07-25-2013, 01:53 PM
Umm... that's Sporting Braga's stadium.

shite you're right

rocks all start to look the same in portugal


http://www.zerozerofootball.com/img/estadios/415/8415_ori_estadio_da_madeira.jpg

C.Ronaldo
07-25-2013, 01:54 PM
wow, stadium porn!

C.Ronaldo
07-25-2013, 01:55 PM
Absolutely!

MMMMMM Stadium Porn! :yum:

Redcoe15
07-25-2013, 04:04 PM
Good for DCU and its supporters. 'Bout time they got their own stadium that wasn't RFK.

tfcleeds
07-25-2013, 08:47 PM
wow, stadium porn!

A term that will never be used in reference to BMO Field...

Haddy
07-25-2013, 10:15 PM
A term that will never be used in reference to BMO Field...

I dunno, there's some pretty gross porn out there lol.

jazzy
07-26-2013, 07:13 PM
You do know where MLS ranks globally in average attendance, don't you? And most MLS stadiums, like most in Europe, are built with an option to expand later on.

In most of the leagues I believe you are talking about, a couple big teams will have a giant stadium but many others will be comparable to MLS.

Swansea and QPR are too good examples of recent Premier League stadia with the same capacity as MLS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Premier_League_stadiums

Swansea stadium is terrific.....and the city not exactly a world economic giant, but everyone pulled together to get it done. I could only dream of us having anything similar. (and a team the like to go with it)..:)

Beach_Red
07-26-2013, 09:46 PM
One thing I see with all these new stadiums: nobody believes soccer will become a major sport in US and Canada in the next 20 years, that's why they build stadiums to max 20-22 k capacity, except the biggest cities like NY, LA....
In any country where footy is the main sport, any city with just 300,000 pop has a stadium of around 30,000 capacity. I'm not talking about the countries with the 15 best leagues, just any country which is not considered a third world country.
Of course in US and Canada this may happen just in the next 100 years, if ever, and never to cities with just 300,000 pop, maybe triple of that, lol...

You're probably right, the people spending the money on stadiums feel that it will be at least twenty years before soccer needs bigger stadiums. Still, this is much better than it was and it's better to slowly build a solid base. When the NFL and AFL merged in the 60s they were so far behind baseball (and even smaller than college football) no one expected it to become the most successful league in the US. Who knows, the same could happen with MLS.

GabrielHurl
02-16-2014, 12:11 PM
New renderings released yesterday

http://imageshack.com/a/img835/3728/a1h0.jpg

http://imageshack.com/a/img845/6205/kkhn.jpg

Kaz
02-16-2014, 01:47 PM
Great for them.. and looking at the area I understand the cost point.. there is an electrical sub station that needs to be moved in order to fit the stadium in the space they want to put it in.

Redcoe15
02-16-2014, 02:46 PM
Nice. So jealous for D.C. fans. They deserve this.

Haddy
02-16-2014, 04:24 PM
Nice. So jealous for D.C. fans. They deserve this.

Hiring Populous to do the final design is a great decision in my opinion. Biggest firm around for a reason. For folks who are unfamiliar with the company's name....for years they were known as HOK Sport.

Seems a trend in MLS to go with this firm.

AEG also has a long-standing relationship with them. Here's hoping TL pushes them on MLSE. Nothing against BMO's previous designer - BBB and SCI who are hired by MLSE regularly - but Populous is a step above.

tfcocd
02-16-2014, 07:14 PM
shite you're right

rocks all start to look the same in portugal


http://www.zerozerofootball.com/img/estadios/415/8415_ori_estadio_da_madeira.jpg
Yes these both looked familiar to me as well but I think braga is a 30,000 seater while national is much smaller in scale (12000?). But in a really cool spot looking over the water. Even the airport runway comes out over the water if I remember. Oddly both clubs and stadiums part of birminghams European adventure a couple seasons ago.

nacionals backdrop definitely hits the mark like many mls stadiums from the first wave of SSS. I guess that is a thing of the past with the focus on roofs although philly's has one of my favourites!

http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/sites/philadelphia/files/imagecache/620x350/image_nodes/2013/11/PPL%20park%20wide.jpg

Happy that there is another quality stadium being added, i just wish they could also eliminate all the plastic pitches (3 remaining now).

Mr_gamble
02-16-2014, 10:42 PM
The Aviva Stadium is an amazing stadium. I've been lucky enough to go there for a soccer game (Man Utd vs An Irish League XI). Obviously a friendly, but it was good fun. DC's new stadium looks like its going to be a beaut, and I will look at heading down to DC for an away game once that is open :)

sully
02-16-2014, 11:05 PM
Aviva Stadium (opened in 2010) has an open end...

Very limited seating, and giant glass wall for a view of Dublin...

Seats 51,700 even with the open end...

The limited seating end is because of houses being in the way in a heavily built up area, not because of design choice.

PopePouri
02-17-2014, 08:41 AM
Looks similar to SKC. Most likely same capacity.

GabrielHurl
06-13-2014, 02:16 PM
http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-1---projector.jpg


http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-4---projector.jpg

http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-5---projector.jpg

http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-6---projector.jpg

http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-7---projector.jpg

C.Ronaldo
06-16-2014, 03:23 PM
hey roof... you come here often?

your lookn FINE

Red Rat
06-16-2014, 03:34 PM
wow, stadium porn!
...

A term that will never be used in reference to BMO Field...
well I have seen plenty of porn being made at BMO, none of us should be surprised

Cashcleaner
06-16-2014, 11:49 PM
http://www.dcunited.com/sites/dc/files/image_nodes/2014/06/CAMERA-7---projector.jpg

Nice! :drool5:


hey roof... you come here often?

your lookn FINE

I'd say that right now, the design of the roof is BMO Field's last best option for creating a really good look for the stadium. We can't do much about the stands and administrative buildings - they're already built and I don't see the club investing in a redesign for them. But TFC has a chance now to really make the place look classy by putting up a good, strong, and well-designed roof.

GabrielHurl
12-17-2014, 11:56 AM
And it's official

http://i.imgur.com/NxzuPZS.png

Fort York Redcoat
12-17-2014, 12:38 PM
^And porter flies direct to D.C.

Away trip now a go!

PopePouri
12-17-2014, 01:25 PM
They deserve it. So happy for them.

David_Oliveira
12-17-2014, 01:46 PM
Couldn't happen to a better set of fans

JonO
12-17-2014, 02:05 PM
^And porter flies direct to D.C.

Away trip now a go!
Complete aside, but I would just like to point out that Porter flies to Dulles which is much further from DC than National (Reagan), which is where Air Canada flies. Choose wisely....

Fort York Redcoat
12-17-2014, 02:52 PM
Complete aside, but I would just like to point out that Porter flies to Dulles which is much further from DC than National (Reagan), which is where Air Canada flies. Choose wisely....

Similar to Chicago. Their Chicago direct is not O'Hare but Midway.

I had a lovely flight earlier this year.

But thanks for the heads up and I'll plan accordingly.:thumbsup:

Hieberrr
12-17-2014, 02:57 PM
^And porter flies direct to D.C.

Away trip now a go!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Kaz
12-17-2014, 03:11 PM
Great news

Carts
12-17-2014, 03:20 PM
Great news for the DC Supporters & the MLS as a whole...

I've been twice to DC to see TFC / United and both times the supporters were fantastic and welcomed us to their awesome tailgate... I hope & trust the club will take care of these guys/gals well...

Carts...

nascarguy
12-17-2014, 03:39 PM
I love going to dc I hope it is easy to get to the new stadium. so where is the new stadium going to be

PopePouri
12-17-2014, 03:53 PM
I love going to dc I hope it is easy to get to the new stadium. so where is the new stadium going to be

Buzzard Point.