First, the plan to build D.C. United’s stadium in Washington fell through. Then, the plan to move it to P.G. County fell through. Then, people speculated about whether moving it to Frederick County Maryland (check out Frederick’s location on this map) would be a good move. My opinion: no. And now…This is happening:
United fans to rally in support of D.C. United stadium
Supporters groups unite to lead march on May 9
Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2009) – D.C. United fans are organizing a rally in support of a stadium plan for the club prior to D.C. United’s home game May 9 against Toronto FC. Planned events include a demonstration in Lincoln Park at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by a march to RFK Stadium and a massive dual tailgate party, hosted by La Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles, lasting until the scheduled 7:30 p.m. kick-off. Though fans are encouraged to use metro to arrive at the park, shuttle busses are being hired to transport fans from Lot 8 at RFK Stadium to the demonstration gathering point from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“D.C. United has long enjoyed a special relationship with our fans, who are the best in Major League Soccer,” said United President Kevin Payne. “No matter what the need, we can always count on the unswerving support of our fans. It’s no surprise that they’ve organized this march in support of our club. We hope the political leadership of the District, and the region, pay attention. We’re sure the march and rally will be enthusiastic and friendly.
So on Saturday we learn once and for all: How many fans does DC United actually have? I’m thinking this protest—-Okay commenters: “Rally,” “gathering,” “show of support,” “celebration of the most successful team in MLS history,” what have you…—-might not necessarily be a good thing for the team’s future.