Sharing RFK causing problems for United, Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sharing of RFK Stadium by D.C. United and the Washington Nationals has resulted in a soccer pitch that isn't rectangular.
``It's clearly not acceptable, but we understand that it's been a challenge for everybody, and we just have to be patient,'' United president Kevin Payne said Tuesday. ``Nobody wants the field to be off.''
Officials at United's 4-3 home loss to New England on Saturday filed a report with MLS saying the field was lopsided. Two officials measured the field by walking it, and they determined that one corner-to-corner diagonal was about 6 yards longer than the other. [yahoo]
Everyone anticipated problems with a system that involves completely redesigning the entire field to convert from a baseball to a soccer field and back again so it's no big surprise but I'm not sure that this is quite what they were thinking would be the problem. But who cares...baseball has returned to capital city, and, they're even managing to win-- well, more than the Expos ever did. I do believe that in the first month in a new city they've already beat the home attendance for the entire 2004 season from their Montreal/San Juan experiment...