Segra Field Opened, Ready for Friday’s First Loudoun United Game

After less than five months of work, Loudoun United FC’s stadium is open and ready to welcome fans to the stands Friday night for the team’s remaining 12 home games in 2019, along with other community events.

A few hundred residents traveled to Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park near Leesburg on Saturday to see Loudoun United and county leaders cut the ribbon to the 5,000-seat Segra Field stadium in preparation for the team’s first official home game against Charlotte Independence this Friday, Aug. 9. In addition to the ribbon cutting, attendees also were treated to up-close views of the field, autographs from players and multiple food and beverage vendors.

In attendance at the ceremony were Dave Johnson, D.C. United’s television voice, D.C. United CEO and managing general owner Jason Levien, Loudoun United Chief Operations Officer Adam Behnke, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer,Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman and County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), along with nearly every county supervisor.

Common among the remarks by each speaker were two themes—that Loudoun’s leaders are proactive in their drive to make the county great and that Loudoun will one day be known for its soccer, just as it’s known today for other attractions like wineries and breweries.

Levien said Segra Field, part of a $15 million complex that also will include a D.C. United training center and headquarters that is being financed by the county government and paid back by the franchise through lease payments, would be a place where not only soccer is played, but where life events happen. He said that while people talked about Loudoun being wine country 20 years ago, they’ll be talking about soccer in 20-30 years from now.

Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), whose district includes the new stadium, echoed Levien’s remarks, noting that Loudoun is already one of the top jurisdictions for wine and cattle, but that it will soon become the nation’s number one soccer destination. “This is a whole new level of soccer,” he said.

To bring the stadium’s grand opening to fruition, work began long before the county entered into talks with the team. Supervisor Matthew Letourneau (R-Dulles) pointed out that county leaders have been trying to attract a major league sports organization for years.

He mentioned that the local chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women last fall presented the partnership between the county and Loudoun United with its Deal of the Year award. “It’s really about bettering our community,” he said.

Randall said the team and stadium would cultivate world-class soccer players for years to come. “This right here puts the cherry on top of the Sundae,” she said.

In addition to a “We Are Loudoun” chant led by Behnke, the speakers all invited attendees out to the team’s first home fight this Friday.

“How cool is it, the party of the year is going to be at Segra Field,” Johnson said, noting that Loudoun United is also “loud and united.”

To purchase tickets for Loudoun United’s inaugural home game or others from now until the season ends in October, go to loudoununitedfc.com.

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11 thoughts on “Segra Field Opened, Ready for Friday’s First Loudoun United Game

  • 2019-08-05 at 1:34 pm
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    “Levien said Segra Field, part of a$15 million complex that also will include a D.C. United training center and headquarters that is being financed by the county government and paid back by the franchise through lease payments”

    Hey LN, why don’t you remind us who’s on the hook for the additional $7M, 500 spots parking garage (for a 5000 seats stadium) and the $19M spent to date on crosstrail boulevard to connect the stadium to Sycolin Rd. ?

    • 2019-08-06 at 10:17 pm
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      The Crosstrail Blvd extension was not tied to the stadium deal. Construction of the extension began in August of 2015 long before the stadium was even a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

      The $7M being spent for parking is for both the 500 parking lot (not garage) for the stadium and an additional 300 space commuter lot. Between the existing commuter lot, the new commuter lot and the 500 spaces for the stadium there will over 1300 parking spaces available for games. In addition when events are not scheduled at the stadium most of the 500 spaces for the stadium will be able to be used for commuter parking. The existing commuter lot needed to be expanded anyways. Now the cost of doing so can be partially or fully recouped by the parking fees charged when events are held at the stadium.

  • 2019-08-05 at 2:26 pm
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    To fast track One Loudoun we were promised a baseball stadium and event venue by the Board of Supervisor. Yes, you are correct the old bait and switch.

    • 2019-08-06 at 10:24 pm
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      Actually One Loudoun was already approved before the baseball stadium was added. The baseball stadium was originally going to be located in Kincora. When it became obvious that development of Kincora wasn’t going to be happening anytime soon the Loudoun Hounds organization reached a deal with One Loudoun to locate the stadium there. One Loudoun had to then submit a new zoning and planning request with the county. The county did approve the new zoning and planning request quickly since at the time it was thought there was a deadline to complete the stadium to secure the baseball team.

  • 2019-08-07 at 11:18 am
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    tssva, thanks for the input.

    The fact remains that the only extension built to date on Crosstrail is for the oh so amazing stadium after years of “secret negotiations” by the BOS. You won’t make anyone believe that’s a coincidence.

    Even once it expands to the greenway interchange on Shreve Mill Rd. and the village at Leesburg, it will have a limited impact on traffic in the area. The Loudoun county government claims, and I quote from the official announcement, that “the four-lane, divided highway will provide a new connection between Sycolin Road and Route 7.”.

    This is ridiculous. Sycolin and 7 already intersect in Leesburg and are connected via Belmont Ridge Rd. There are less than 50 households on Sycolin Rd. that will have a use for this link between Sycolin Rd. and 7 and apart from a shortcut to Bolen Park and the stadium, who would have a use for it north of Sycolin?

    Meanwhile, Sycolin Rd. is still grossly underdimensioned. The last improvement to this major collector was paving the last gravel section in 2009 and traffic has not stopped increasing ever since.

    Widening it to the 4 lanes it needs to be has been postponed indefinitely.

    Sycolin is the only alternative to the greenway this side of Ashburn and as the death of a cyclist and the notable crash of a dump truck the day Crosstrail was inaugurated this year showed, the supervisors’ hubris put critical safety improvements on hold and will likely claim more of their constituents lives.

    Meanwhile, the taxpayer is on the hook for a road that will be used by a minority.

    • 2019-08-07 at 6:00 pm
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      The plan for extending Crosstrail was presented in 2010. The plan consisted of 3 sections. A1, A2 and B. A1 was completed in 2015 and construction of A2 began immediately following in 2015. Section B has not been built yet because it is not being built by the county but by developers and they were not obligated to begin construction until they they also began work on the housing developments. They are beginning initial construction steps now.

      There was never any plan to widen Sycolin until at least 2040. The county is moving forward with other safety improvement plans for Sycolin.

      • 2019-08-09 at 11:01 am
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        Stop. Just stop.

        Why are you trying so hard to prove the fast tracking of an unnecessary section of Crosstrail boulevard had nothing to do with the stadium when Chair Randall was quoted at the ceremony stating “For Loudoun United, this road is going to be so important… we are so excited about Loudoun United coming.”

        The world over has roads planned that don’t get built because there’s no good reason for it. Funds could have been used somewhere else, like safety improvements on Evergreen Mill Rd. that have been pushed back for years.

        Instead, this road was built with an expediency I haven’t seen in Loudoun before, complete with VDOT working with the contractor to dump 350 tons of that mountain of rocks that had to be moved in a hurry on the banks of Catoctin Creek.
        To quote this paper: « Jim Betz, VDOT’s Loudoun maintenance administrator, was unaware of the operation and traveled to the creek about an hour later to halt the process. “He was as shocked as I was,” Huge said. “This was a bootleg, bulls— project. »

        Every last thing about this unnecessary multi million dollars road extension and its cost to taxpayer stinks. The only reason I can think of for anyone to try and cover for it is if they have a stake in it one way or another.

  • 2019-08-07 at 5:02 pm
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    Forgot to address the $7M parking spots expense. Ok, so we’re building 800 parking spot, bringing the total to 1300 spots. Some of them quite far from the stadium itself. Still way insufficient for the 5,000 seats.

    Commuter parking is free. To recoup that money we’d need to collect $7M in parking fees from… From what? The 500 spots built specifically for the stadium? That’s $14,000 per spot, chargeable only for stadium events. How many decades is that going to take?

    Or is there another “super secret” plan in the works to start charging for commuter parking that someone conveniently “forgot” to tell us about?

    The point still stands that our supervisors swore up and down that this boondoggle wouldn’t cost us a dime more than the $15 M advertised.

    This was a lie. Plain and simple.

    • 2019-08-07 at 6:25 pm
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      People tend to attend sporting events in groups. 1300 parking spots are adequate for a stadium that seats 5000.

      When in use for commuter parking all the spots will be free of charge but when being used for stadium events all 1300 was be subject to a parking fee. The additional commuter spots were already needed and planned for. So the additional expense for the stadium parking is around $4.4M. They would need to raise $3,384.62 per spot to cover this cost. The initial plan is to charge $5 per spot. So each spot would need to be used around 677 uses per spot to cover the cost. The expected average number of Loudoun United games per season is 20. Say they double that number of events for the year. That would be about 17 years to recoup the costs which is within the lease period of the stadium. This doesn’t even account for other revenue building the parking allows the county to generate such as use fees for the stadium and potential taxes on tickets etc.

  • 2019-08-09 at 11:07 am
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    Meanwhile in the real world, the average occupancy per vehicle for such events varies between 2.3 and 3.0 (source: dot.gov).
    Please explain your math.

    As far as cost recovery is concerned, you seriously expect all spots to be utilized for every event?

    You seem to know a lot about this process and project. Can you please point us to the cost recovery analysis that our county government no doubt conducted as part of this effort?

  • 2019-08-12 at 11:40 am
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    The Loudoun stadium scam is a case study in shady governmnet corporate welfare.

    Loudoun taxpayers pay for everything. Site improvement, road infrastructure, parking lots, new fields. All of it. We finance a $15 million “loan” to a corporation worth a billion dollars in a deal so great, it had to be kept secret until the last possible moment. Pass it over a three week span in December when nobody is really looking. Fastest ever move by any BOS. Suddenly, the county starts moving hillsides and building sweet roads, while other deadly priorities go to the back of the line.

    Best yet, Loudoun taxpayers pay for everything, with some sort of promise that we’ll get paid back via… more taxes. Taxes for a parking lot already paid for with taxes. Taxes on tickets to pay for a stadium paid for with taxes. Billion dollar corporation writes everything off. True costs are dumped back on Loudoun taxpayers in the form of more taxes, to cover up the taxes we already paid, and all the polticans smile with their silly red scarves (likely paid for from…taxes), and the corporate owners wet themselves from laughing so hard.

    If only some smart aggressive reporter from a local newspaper would sink their teeth into this scam…

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