Loudoun United is no longer expecting to have its Leesburg soccer stadium completed in time for its first home game this spring.
Officials with Loudoun County and the United Soccer League team confirmed the schedule change last week, citing a delay in rezoning Bolen Memorial Park, where the stadium will be constructed.
“When we were talking about this in the beginning, we were hoping to have all this done for the beginning of the season, but I think that was always a very aggressive timeline,” Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) told the Times-Mirror.
The project delay was first reported by WTOP.
Loudoun United, which is D.C. United’s subsidiary soccer team, is scheduled to start its inaugural season in the spring. However, construction for the project was not approved by the Board of Supervisors until last September, pushing back construction.
In January 2018, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors was introduced to the idea of bringing the first professional sports team to the county. In July, Loudoun County and D.C. Sports Facilities Entertainment LLC signed a lease to formalize the arrangement. As part of the agreement, the county will pay $15 million for construction of the facility and be reimbursed by DC Soccer Management Company.
The stadium under construction includes a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats, 500-space parking lot to support the stadium, 40,000-square-foot indoor training facility and four full-size soccer fields.
Additionally, two soccer fields will be used by D.C. United and Loudoun United, which is part of the United Soccer League. The other fields will be for county use.
Both parties are also working to improve the roadways and parking around the stadium.
“The sooner we all get it done the better for the team, better for the county,” Letourneau said. “But this is a long-term tenant for us and a major investment they are making, so a few months is not going to change the big picture.”
Loudoun United FC Chief Operating Officer Adam Behnke anticipates 11 out of total 16 home games will be played at the new stadium, with the remaining to be held at a location to be determined.
“We are beyond excited for the stadium to open in August,” Behnke said in an email. "We’ve been fortunate to enjoy great support from many in the community regardless of [the] timeline. We hope the stadium becomes a community staple for years to come.”
Loudoun United, a member of the 40-team United Soccer League, is scheduled to begin its season at home on March 9. Click to see the full schedule.