A look into Potomac Yard’s Proposed Monumental Arena and Event Venue

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On Monday, March 25, 2024, Agenda Alexandria will host a dynamic panel discussion at the historic Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum, starting promptly at 7:00 PM. The focus of this engaging program will be centered on the proposed Monumental Arena and event venue in Potomac Yard, a topic of considerable interest and importance to the local community.

The following panelists are slated to lead the discussion bring diverse perspectives to the table:

  • Katie Waynick, President of the Del Ray Citizens Association, spearheaded a comprehensive survey regarding the arena plan in collaboration with four neighboring civic associations—Rosemont, Lynhaven, and Hume Springs. She will unveil and analyze the findings of this crucial survey, shedding light on the sentiments and concerns of the affected communities.
  • Former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald, a key figure in the Coalition to Stop the Arena, will provide insights into the group’s advocacy efforts before the General Assembly in Richmond. His firsthand account will offer valuable insights into the lobbying landscape and the challenges faced in contesting the proposed development.
  • Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, brings his wealth of knowledge on public-private partnerships and their impact on local economies. With a focus on stadiums and arenas, Dr. Coates will discuss the intricacies of these partnerships, offering a nuanced perspective on their economic ramifications.
  • Tom Kopko is a board member of the Cameron Station Civic Association. He works in cybersecurity supporting the Department of Defense and intelligence community.


For over 25 years, Agenda Alexandria has been Alexandria’s premiere organization that discusses the issues without taking sides. We’ve been able to accomplish this by inviting decision makers who are directly involved with the topics that we discuss. Board members of Agenda Alexandria made several attempts to invite decision-makers from Monumental Sports and Entertainment, JBG Smith (owner of the Potomac Yard property), and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) to participate as panelists. All parties declined to participate during the March 25 program.

Join us on March 25th at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314, as we dive into the complexities surrounding the Potomac Yard development proposal. This event promises to be an enlightening exploration of the intersection between urban development, community engagement, and economic impact.


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