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DC United’s New Home Has a Name – Audi Field, opening in 2018

by Prince Of Petworth February 15, 2017 at 11:10 am 38 Comments

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via DC United

From DC United:

“D.C. United announced Audi of America will be the naming partner of the new soccer-specific stadium in Southwest D.C., now officially named Audi Field.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an incredible brand that is not only recognized in North America, but throughout the world,” Jason Levien, United Managing General Partner, said. “Audi has transcended the automobile industry and fully embraced the culture of soccer, especially in MLS. We couldn’t think of a better partner to name our stadium and we look forward to forging extraordinary memories for years to come at Audi Field.”

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via DC United

Audi Field will be the home for D.C. United, the most decorated franchise in U.S. soccer history and the most championed professional team in the District of Columbia. Opening in 2018, it will also host a variety of other sporting and cultural events, community activities, and concerts.

“We are excited to work with D.C. United and to continue our commitment to soccer in America as well as here in our own backyard,” said Loren Angelo, Vice President of Marketing, Audi of America. “This commitment allows Audi to connect with passionate soccer enthusiasts of all ages and the greater community through unique experiences that further elevate their excitement in America’s fastest growing sport.”

“We enthusiastically welcome Audi of America to their new home in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “With a globally recognized brand putting their stamp on the new D.C. United stadium, we move that much closer to more jobs and economic opportunity along the Anacostia – and further cement our status as the nation’s sports capital.”

United plan to break ground on Audi Field in the first quarter of 2017. The state-of-the-art urban facility has a capacity of 20,000 fans and will feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 total square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space on site, making it at 365-day destination for fans and D.C. residents alike.

  • That Man A

    that rendering is extremely underwhelming no?

    • Kevin

      If you’ve been playing in crumbling RFK Stadium for 21 years it’s gorgeous.

    • NHAve

      Have been to the preview center and I’m not sure what you’re expecting from two shots of a stadium rendering… There are pocket parks surrounding the stadium, a big bike valet, year-round retail & restaurants. Lots of green park space development will be included in the surrounding area. It’s quite cool when you get the chance to interact with the renderings.

      • That Man A

        good to hear…
        just seems a bit lazy in design in comparison to the proposed designs
        to me it doesnt add to the appearance of the area like a… camden yards
        just looks to me like the the exterior was a lazy design

        • Anon

          It’s less so “lazy”, and much more “value engineering”. I’m actually somewhat surprised Audi is willing to place their name on something this cheap-looking.

    • Brett M

      Terribly basic. Nothing to write home about.

    • Ross

      Nats Park is pretty underwhelming too, but it’s still a great place to watch a ballgame.

  • condoer

    Where exactly in SW will this stadium be located?

    • Timmy

      I believe that the Northern border is Potomac Ave and R St,, the Eastern is Half St, the Western is 2nd St, and the Southern is T St.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        Yes it will be right next to Fort McNair

    • SW

      You honestly can’t tell by looking at the position of Nats Park in the rendering? New to town maybe?

      • INWDC

        Clearly, our they wouldn’t be asking now would they. New to being nice maybe?

  • kb

    I can’t wait to start paying for another taxpayer funded stadium. Yipeeee!

    • Anon

      Agreed! Total waste of taxpayer funds

    • Anonymous

      The team is paying for the stadium.

      • Anon

        But we’re footing the bill for the land (via a complicated land swap).

        • No land swap. It was taken out of the deal. The city owns the land under the stadium, which it bought for cash from the prior landowners (one of them through eminent domain, which the landowner supported, and which displaced no residents). In 30-40 years, when Buzzard Point is more built up, that land will be worth a lot more, whether the city decides to keep a stadium on the site or sell it to developers.

          The city is putting in $150 million for the land and infrastructure, and the teams costs are around $200 million.

          • ETA: “In 30-40 years, when the stadium lease expires and Buzzard Point is more built up, …”

          • Anonymous

            The Reeves Center land swap was indeed taken out of the deal. However, the city still had to buy-and-sell a few parcels (I believe mainly with Pepco) to assemble the plot needed for the stadium. I’ve seen this described as “land swap” as well, so I thought maybe that’s what Anon was referring to. But yes, I’ve talked to more than a few people who *still* oppose this stadium because of the Reeves Center land swap which was dropped from the plan quite a while ago…

          • Anon

            Ah, gotcha – thanks for clarifying! Things got messy there for a while and I stopped following closely. This clears it up. And I agree that this seems like a prudent investment by DC down the line.

          • jcm

            In 30-40 years Buzzard Point is going to have an obsolete stadium on it that the city will be responsible for. If the best use for the city’s $150M is to buy land for development, then they should just do that, rather than buying it and then loaning it to a billionaire rent-free.
            .
            I mean, if the city would like to buy the land under my house and lease it back to me rent-free for the next 30 or 40 years then they’re welcome to it. It will be worth more when the lease expires, so it’s clearly a good investment.

        • Anonymous

          And now the city owns a valuable investment property. All in all it sounds like a pretty good deal for everyone involved. Though I do understand that some are opposed to any city involvement in privately-owned sports teams.

          • JoDa

            I am usually against cities/states doing much in the way of funding sports centers dedicated to one team, especially outdoor venues. Most of the time, this means dumping billions of dollars into a fully-taxpayer-funded stadium for the nebulous promise of “tax revenue” or “nearby development,” which typically doesn’t pan out. The area ends up with a really expensive stadium that gets used only 10 (football) – 100 (baseball) times per year.
            .
            But I’m okay with the city putting the land together, retaining ownership of it, and United footing the cost of the actual building (especially since the lease terms put the cost of environmental remediation largely on United). I’m doubly okay with it because this stadium could be used for many other events (perhaps even more than Nats Park, given that the seating is a better size for not-quite Taylor Swift/Bruce Springsteen/etc.). I would hope to see some of the concerts that go to Merriweather and Jiffy Lube come here.

      • wpk_dc

        +1

  • Michael Pierce

    2018? And they haven’t even started construction yet? LOL!!!

    • Timmy

      According to Goff at the Post, these soccer specific stadiums have taken between 13 and 19 months. So if they get approval tomorrow and shovels in the ground by the end of the month, 2018 should be doable. As far as the 2018 DCU season, they’ll be playing a ton of games on the road for the first couple months if they have any shot in hell of not playing at RFK or elsewhere.

  • o2bncdg

    When did 2nd Street SW become a 2-way street?

    • Timmy

      When they got rid of 1st St SW?

  • ah

    The sun glinting off of the eastern bleachers seems like a nice preview of how hot those seats are likely to be in the late afternoon sun present for summer evening games.

  • Dc20009

    Lots of haters popping up on PoPville. I think it looks nice and am excited to see it be built. Will be way better than RFK and keeps the team in D.C.

    • Yeah the commenters on WTOP and the Post are all rainbows and unicorns about the project. C’mon man no need to single out PoPville, just make your point.

      • Dc20009

        Wasn’t trying to single out the site – normally way better than most sites. Just surprised about the amount of solely negative comments on this.

  • Squire of the Squangle

    “…the most championed professional team in the District of Columbia.”

    Pretty easy claim to make when you’re the one doing the championing.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand what this comment means.

    • raccoon

      It’s bad copy but they mean they have the most championships

  • andy2

    DC United isn’t Chelsea or Man U – it is an appropriate size and design for the revenue generating capacity of the club. Why build a huge massive shrine to the team when it couldn’t fill it or maintain it?
    Go to a game in Europe and not every club has a massive stadium. Considering professional soccer isn’t as popular as other professional sports – this design is appropriate.

    Plus the open end with the sight line to the Capitol is great!

    • wpk_dc

      +1

  • wpk_dc

    I for one am very excited for DC United’s new stadium — or Audi Field! As a soccer fan, I’ll definitely be going to a few matches there every year. And I like its design too.

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