Renderings for the potential D.C. United stadium (D.C. United)

Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington D.C., has asked the city council to approve a land deal to give the city of Washington, D.C. ownership of land for a new soccer-specific stadium.

The stadium would serve Major League Soccer club D.C. United. The club would pay $140 million to finance the new stadium, with tax payers funding $120 million to buy the land proposed by the city of Washington, D.C.

The city hopes to purchase land in an area known as Buzzard Point, located very close to Washington, D.C.’s baseball stadium, Nationals Park. As part of the negotiations, the city would sell land in another area of the city to the developer who owns Buzzard Point at a premium.

“The new soccer stadium will be the connector between developing areas around our baseball stadium and the new Wharf development along our Southwest Waterfront,” Gray said to the city council.

The developers Mark D. Ein and the Super Salvage scrapyard, who own other pieces of land the city is trying to purchase, said they would sell to the city if “that is what the residents and taxpayers of Washington decide they want,” according to the Washington Post.

Gray is hoping for the legislation to be voted upon before summer recess in July to prevent the stadium deal from being a talking point during the 2014 mayoral election in Washington, D.C.

Chelsea Plans Sports Science Upgrade

Chelsea will spend about $6.7 million on upgrades to a training facility.

The funds will go toward improving the sports science setup at the club’s Cobham training base, according to The Daily Mail.

Much of the work will be done underground. Planning restrictions limit the club to expanding downward.

In addition, two Desso pitches like the one in use at Stamford Bridge will be laid down.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin and Aaron Bauer

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