PG County Wants Metro's Land for United Stadium

Johnson sends letter to Metro

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    D.C. United's fan base looks on.

    LANDOVER, Md. -- Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has asked Metro to sell land the transit agency owns in Landover for use as a new soccer stadium for D.C. United.  But will Metro give in?

    In a letter sent Tuesday, Johnson said the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission would like to construct offices at the Morgan Boulevard subway station site as well as a D.C. United facility.

    How much is the Commission will to pay?  Johnson, unfortunately, didn't get into that much detail.

    Johnson's letter did not propose a purchase price, and in an interview he provided no details about how a sale might work. But he said the team, the county and the commission all believe a stadium at the centrally located Metro station could drive economic development that would benefit the county.

    In other words, Johnson's hoping Metro will feel bad for Prince George's and hand over the land for a few autographed soccer balls.  Never mind the fact that Metro is in need of cash just to keep the rail system open on a daily basis.  Metro will have to weigh its options carefully on this one.

    Johnson said the team, the county and the commission believe a stadium at the Metro station could drive economic development. D.C. United has said it wants to move from 48-year-old RFK Stadium to a new 24,0000-seat facility in Prince George's County.