The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be considering an agreement with D.C. United to move the team offices and training facilities here and to establish a men’s professional second division team in Loudoun.
If approved, the operations would be located at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park south of Leesburg.
Approximately 50 employees would work at the United facility, which is where the team would construct a training facility for its first team players, second division players, youth development program, and offices to house business operations. The D.C. United second division team will play in a new stadium located on the west side of Bolen Park and is expected to play a 30-game schedule with 15 home dates.
“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,” stated County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large). “This will provide Loudoun’s kids with the opportunity to learn from the best soccer players and to experience world class competition.”
Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) said the talks have been ongoing for several years. “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,” he stated.
Dave Kasper, D.C. United’s general manager and vice president of soccer operations said that securing a site for a permanent training facility and a second division team has been a top priority for the club. “We have been very pleased with the conversations we’ve had with Loudoun County officials to develop a site that will host a training facility, team offices, our youth development program and a second division professional team, and look forward to continuing those discussions. We believe that Loudoun County is an ideal location for these facilities and we will continue to work with county leaders to finalize an agreement,” he stated.
The proposed memorandum of understanding includes the following terms:
- The county will provide land for the facilities and approximately $15 million in financing for construction of the fields, offices, training facility and an approximately 5,000-seat stadium;
- The team will make regular lease payments to the county that will fully offset any debt payments incurred as part of the financing package;
- The county will clear land at its expense to construct parking lots for which the county will retain the ability to operate as paid lots for stadium events and as a Loudoun County Transit Park and Ride lot during commuting hours;
- Four soccer fields will be constructed adjacent to the facility, two of which will serve as the team practice fields and two of which will have shared use with the county during peak recreational periods; and
- The county will have use of the stadium for other purposes, including college sports, concerts and other events.
The board is expected to take up the agreement at its Jan. 10 public hearing. The full details are expected to be released tomorrow, when the background material for that meeting will distributed.
The county also will file a rezoning application to allow for the new facilities. The rezoning application will go through a full legislative review process. The county also anticipates a formal marketing agreement will follow.