A soccer-only stadium in Westport could generate up to 940 new jobs and $2.8 million in city tax revenue, according to a feasibility study released by the Baltimore Development Corp. Wednesday.
Officials from Major League Soccer team D.C. United have held preliminary talks with the city about a possible move to Baltimore but won't enter "formal" discussions until a commitment is given about a facility. The study, commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority, analyzed two potential scenarios — a 25,000-seat stadium in Westport and a 10,000-seat stadium for the Crystal Palace franchise in the Carroll-Camden complex south of M&T Bank Stadium.
The proposed Westport stadium and an adjacent hotel would be part of a $1.5 billion mixed-use project being developed on the waterfront. The study determined the stadium could host 49 to 54 events annually, including 17 D.C. United games. Annual attendance is estimated to be 584,750 to 695,100 with total spending between $65.7 and $78 million each year. Total jobs are estimated at 780 to 940 with annual state tax revenues of approximately $3 million to $3.5 million. This project is expected to generate between $2.3 million to $2.8 million in annual city taxes.