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D.C. United Announces RFK Lease Agreement Through 2013

RFK Stadium will host D.C. United matches through the 2013 season, according to an agreement announced Thursday by the club.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: The Toledo Rockets kick off to the Air Force Falcons during the first half of the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: The Toledo Rockets kick off to the Air Force Falcons during the first half of the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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RFK Stadium will host D.C. United matches through the 2013 season, according to an agreement announced Thursday by the club.

As part of the terms of United's new lease agreement with Events DC, which oversees RFK Stadium, United will restricted ticket sales to the lower bowl and mezzanine levels of the stadium. The rarely-used upper deck would be covered with tarps. According to the Washington Post's Steven Goff, D.C. United and Events DC are pursuing sponsorships for both the tarps and the playing surface.

The changes would reduce RFK's sellout seating capacity for MLS games to 19.647. The club averaged a shade over 15,000 fans per game in 2011 and drew 16,314 to last Saturday's season-opening 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

The club is continuing to pursue a new stadium in the District. According to Goff, the club's preferred location is Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington.

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