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DC United, city agree on $300M soccer-only stadium

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 1:48pm  ET

A new stadium at a fair price

WTOP's Neal Augenstein


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- DC United and city officials have agreed to a deal that would keep the Major League Soccer franchise in the District of Columbia with a new, $300 million soccer-only stadium.

The city and the team would split the cost of the stadium tentatively scheduled to open in 2016 in the Buzzard Point section of Southwest Washington, less than a mile from Nationals Park.

DC United, which has played in RFK Stadium since its inception, considered relocating to Maryland or Virginia. Mayor Vincent Gray said Thursday that RFK "was never well suited for soccer."

The design has not been finalized, but officials say it will seat 20,000 to 25,000 people. The city will pay $150 million to acquire the land for the stadium and build infrastructure, raising money through land swaps.

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