New D.C. United stadium hearing draws many supporters, some opponents

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - While thousands across town watched the U.S. vs. Germany game on Thursday, there was another important soccer issue going on at the Wilson Building.

A hearing was held about the proposal to build a new D.C. United Stadium near Nationals Park, as opponents say there are better things for D.C. to be spending money on right now.

Up in the hearing room, the vast majority of those testifying supported the bill in which the city would put up $150 million in a cost split with D.C. United to build the new stadium at Buzzard Point.

"Soccer is the world most popular sport. We are a world capital," said Jim Dinegar, President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

But some balked at the controversial land swap:

"I just worry that nobody's looking out for our interests and our assets...Look, all these Council members depend on these developers for campaign contributions," said D.C. resident Debby Hanrahan.