Residents Want Construction of DC United Stadium Delayed

Residents in the Buzzard Point area of Washington, D.C., are concerned about the planned DC United soccer stadium in their neighborhood.

The DC Zoning Commission heard testimony from people living in the area, who want the commission to put stadium construction on hold until their health concerns are addressed. Dr. Sacoby Wilson, from the University of Maryland, was scheduled to testify about the health concerns from the construction but did not do so, according to Steven Streff, a contributor to, who was present at the meeting.

Buzzard Point had been the location of a concrete mixing facility and metal crushing facility. The groups said construction will upend contaminated soil that will be trucked out of the area through residential streets.

City leaders broke ground in April for the new stadium in southwest Washington. If construction goes as planned, DC United will play its last game at RFK Stadium next fall and move into the new $300 million complex in 2018.

The team said it wants to be a partner with the neighborhood.

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