WASHINGTON (WNEW) — D.C. United fans and players gathered downtown Wednesday after news that plans for a brand new state-of-the-art soccer stadium were given the final approval by the D.C. Council.
The team and fans alike are excited for what will be the most expensive professional soccer stadium in America once it’s completed. It’s expected to cost around $300 million total.
But that price tag can’t erase memories for some die-hard D.C. United fans who’ve been attending games at RFK Stadium. They say they want the new stadium to have similar qualities to RFK, which has been around since the 60s.
Jayme Thysell is a super fan and a drummer at the games. He says fans have requested that “bouncy stands” be installed in the new stadium that are reminiscent of RFK.
“I think RFK is great. I know it’s a dump, but it’s our dump and it’s the most fun place to go watch a sporting event in D.C.,” Thysell says.
Particulars aside, players agree they can’t wait for the new stadium.
“To have those new facilities and kind of be the first ones to step in to it is like a new Christmas present,” D.C. United goalie Andrew Dykstra says. “I think it’s not only going to raise our awareness, but interest in the sport.”
D.C. United hopes the stadium will be completed in 2017.