A rendering shows Audi Field, set to host its first D.C. United match July 14. (Courtesy DCUnited.com)
Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted.
Troy Scott, former senior vice president of stadium development and operations for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, has joined the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball as vice president of ballpark operations.
It’s a new position with the Orioles, team spokesman Greg Bader said. Scott’s first day on the job was Monday.
Scott’s move to Oriole Park at Camden Yards comes less than six weeks before July 14, the date of D.C. United’s first match at Audi Field, the team’s new 20,000-capacity stadium.
To this point, D.C. United officials are unsure whether they will replace Scott, said Lindsay Simpson, the team’s spokesperson. Scott served as the team’s point man for facility development, working closely with stadium architect Populous, builder Turner Construction and owner’s representative Legends Global Development.
“Everything is pretty much done on the construction management side,” Simpson said. “Troy was given an opportunity of a lifetime to join the Orioles. He worked with (D.C. United) to make sure the transition is smooth. We have a robust and growing operations department compared with RFK Stadium (the team's former home, which is publicly operated). There’s no immediate need to fill the position.”
D.C. United hired Scott in November 2013 to head stadium development, which included the search for a site to build the facility. The result was Buzzard Point, a peninsula situated in southwest Washington, about two blocks from Nationals Park.
The total project cost has increased to about $400 million, the Washington Post reported, which would make it the most expensive soccer-specific stadium in North America, surpassing LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium, a $350 million development in Los Angeles.
Before D.C. United, Scott worked for EventsDC, the company that runs RFK Stadium and the D.C. Armory. He spent 16 years as the group’s director of facility and event operations before being promoted in February 2012 to vice president of operations for the sports and entertainment division. EventsDC was previously named the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission before undergoing a rebrand in 2011.
D.C. United is an original MLS franchise and played in the league’s inaugural 1996 season. It played home matches at RFK Stadium through the 2017 season. The team has been on the road for most of the first half of the 2018 season with the exception of a few games at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
The Orioles have discussed making more upgrades at Camden Yards over the past three years, including the construction of party decks in the outfield corners, a home plate club and an expansion of the group picnic space down the left-field line. To date, no announcements have been made.