To make a long story short, while traveling on work this past week (outside the DC area), I bumped into two guys talking about the new stadium plans for DC United. Talk about a bizarre coincidence. Anyway, I couldn't help kibbitizing so I inserted myself into the conversation briefly before I needed to head off to my flite. A few details that may prove interesting: --the plans for the stadium are supposed to be very far along. --the lead designer (or at least the lead person providing stadium design advice to Payne) is a professor/architect at George Mason University (didn't know they had any kind of an architecture program but it could be someone with those credentials in Engineering or Public Policy or some other department). --He (the lead designer/advisor) is a long-term season ticket holder (evidently since either "96 or "97) till today. --The stadium was described as a "300 day" venue (meaning, they were looking at doing a lot of events in it, getting 300 days worth of use each year). If so, that would make it a cash cow. Which would provide tremendous financial encentive to get it going and make it a reality (rather than a set of blueprints). No more details could I garner from the conversation--as much as I wanted more info I needed to get home and couldn't miss my flite.