Loudoun pursuing deal with D.C. United to bring facilities, 2nd-division team to county
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (ABC7) —
D.C. United could be coming to Loudoun County.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors announced Wednesday it will consider an agreement with United to bring a training facility, team offices and small stadium to Leesburg.
Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park, which is located on county-owned property, is the proposed location for the facilities.
“Because Loudoun County is a national leader in youth soccer, I can’t think of a better place for D.C. United to be located,” Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall said in a statement. “This will provide Loudoun’s kids with the opportunity to learn from the best soccer players and to experience world class competition.”
“For several years, I have been engaged in discussions with D.C. United to make a home in Loudoun County,” Dulles District Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau said in a statement. “The county now has an incredible opportunity to bring a global sports franchise to Loudoun and to build upon the already strong youth soccer programs in our county.
“Notably, under the proposed agreement, the team will be repaying the county for the cost of constructing its facilities, so this agreement is a win for our finances and for our residents.”
Under the agreement, Loudoun County, in addition to providing the land, would pay approximately $15 million for the all of the facilities’ construction – all of which the team will repay. Four soccer fields will be constructed as part of the training facility – two as United’s practice fields and two as shared used during peak recreational periods.
Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park already has several soccer fields; the adjacent Loudoun Soccer Park also has several fields.
The small stadium, which would seat 5,000, would serve as the home venue for a second division team owned by United. It would also be used for college sports, concerts and other events by Loudoun County.
United currently has a new 20,000-seat stadium, Audi Field, under construction in Washington, D.C., which will be used by the first team. The club spent the previous 22 years playing at RFK Stadium, where it also currently has its training facility.
United’s team headquarters would still be at Audi Field.
Along with the first and second teams training at the facility, United’s youth development program will be housed at the Leesburg location.
Overall, approximately 50 United employees would work at the Leesburg site.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a regularly scheduled public hearing at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2018 to present the agreement once it is finalized.
The Washington Redskins also have their training facility, along with their team headquarters, located in Loudoun County, in Ashburn.