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Details Given on United's Proposed Stadium
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Mixed use developments; Stadiums; Professional soccer
Author: Goff, Steven
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Start Page: D.05
Section: SPORTS

A proposed soccer stadium on the east side of the Anacostia River would include 24,000 seats and approximately 40 suites and additional club seats, according to D.C. United President Kevin Payne.

"We are discussing a 24,000-seat soccer stadium, with approximately 40 suites and a suitable number of club seats, a pub- style restaurant with access from inside and outside the stadium, and permanent staging at one end of the facility to accommodate outdoor concerts."

Preliminary plans for a Washington soccer stadium to be built near Poplar Point in Anacostia were revealed by D.C. government officials last week. The stadium would be part of a mixed-use development project involving local developer John E. "Chip" Akridge III and billionaire Phil Anschutz, who operates five MLS teams, including United. Anschutz also financed the construction of Home Depot Center, where the Los Angeles Galaxy plays home games and where various international soccer competitions have been held.

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