WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Nearly a year after it was first proposed, the plan to build a new soccer stadium at D.C.’s Buzzard Point will finally get a public hearing on June 26.

However, local fans say the hearing is on the same day as an important match between the U.S. and Germany that could determine who advances in the World Cup.

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D.C. United fan David Goodwin, of Arlington, wonders why Council didn’t avoid scheduling a hearing that conflicts with the game, knowing that devoted soccer followers will want to be in both places at once.

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I think they just didn’t make any effort to do that, and that’s the frustration,” he told WNEW’s Matt DelSignore.

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Another soccer fan said the poor timing is comparable to if the Council scheduled a hearing about a football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

Despite an organized effort by United fans to make their case by phone and email, a spokesperson for Council chair Phil Mendelson says the date won’t be changed because there aren’t many other times to get the meeting in before Council’s summer break.

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m., while the USA v. Germany matchup will begin at noon Eastern Time.

You can find all of WNEW’s World Cup coverage here.

WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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