D.C. United released updated renderings on Thursday of their new stadium planned to open in 2018, giving a first glimpse into the venue's progress since January. The new stadium will replace RFK Stadium as DCU's home. RFK was built in 1961 and is falling apart -- no hyperbole -- with the cracks and falling concrete to prove it. DCU's new stadium will be at Buzzard Point in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
New in the latest rendering is a look at the 65,000-square foot fan plaza at the corner of Potomac Avenue and Half Street. The public plaza is designed to “serve as a game day festival plaza and queuing area for the main gate” as well as “a meeting spot and focal point of the fan experience on match days, with food and beverage vendors, live music, broadcast set, merchandise for sale and corporate partnership activation areas.”
According to D.C. United, the fan plaza "will include a shaded (tree canopy) seating area and a structural canopy area for more shade."
New road access
According to D.C. United, 1st Street, which is a private two-way road, will be opened to the public for cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians "toward the waterfront through the stadium site," but will be closed on match days.
The stadium will also include a bike valet to accommodate cylists.
New D.C. United offices
D.C. United offices will go along the south side of the stadium, next to the bike valet.
The sidewalk along the east side of 2nd Street, adjacent to the stadium, will include what D.C. United calls “parklets,” which are designed to “provide an unconventional but active and engaging experience for pedestrians and fans.” These parklets function as both seating and bike parking spots.
An evolution from January
The last renderings we saw of D.C. United's new home came in January of this year, and there are clear differences between then and now. This aerial view, which is taken from the same perspective as the first slide above, is missing the new fan plaza and D.C. United sculpture in the design.
January's stadium view
The stadium itself, meanwhile, mostly looks the same from January to now.
January's proposed entry
This view of the entry at Potomac Avenue and Half Street, a more barebones concept, shows how far the design plans have come along.