After reading the recent DCenters Blog, it stuck me that we need to start thinking of, and posting decent and logical non-soccer reasons that this stadium needs to be built. Reasons that will make sense to a non-soccer person. I came up with the following: 1. It is not just a "soccer" stadium (unlike the single use Nats stadium). It will have a stage, and the seating capacity will easily allow for other events that will bring the district revenue, and provide Ward 8 jobs (other than just on DC United gamedays). 2. The stadium is also going to be a Hotel, which will provide further revenue (for the disctrict) and use of the parking facilities (additional revenue). It will also serve as a magnet for Office (use the hotel) and Retail/Food outlets which will bring year round revenue to the District 3. Unless the District plans to subsidize low-cost housing themselves, who exactly is going to do it if the develoment plan does not provide it...? 4. Well lit, busy and active Stadium/Hotel, Retail/Food, and Residential areas offer a better crime detterent than what now exists. Jobs created right in that Ward also lowers the crime rate. 5. Transportation improvements (for the stadium) will provide Ward 8 residents with better access to the rest of the District, and the jobs that it holds. This will be a year round benefit, and not just limited to fans travelling to the stadium on gameday. Please feel free to add + comment upon submitted reasons (both mine, and anyone else's).