The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday took another step in advancing plans for a future stadium in Leesburg that, if approved, would be home to a D.C. United second division team.
The board voted 7-1-1 during a public hearing to advance the proposal to a Jan. 18 meeting, when a vote is expected. Several residents spoke out against the project because of traffic concerns.
D.C. United began talks with Loudoun County officials last year about building a 5,000-seat stadium, practice fields and offices on 54 acres on the west side of Philip A. Bolen Park. The proposal also includes the construction of four full-size soccer fields -- two of which will be exclusively for D.C. United and two for county use. If approved, the county would lease the land to D.C. United and provide $15 million in financing for construction. The site of the proposed stadium and training facilities is valued at about $23 million.
“I keep hearing people say it’s worth $23 million. We’re not going to lose any money because we already own the land,” said Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn).