On Wednesday morning, D.C. United announced that Audi had secured the naming rights for the team’s new stadium. Pending final city approval, Audi Field will be opening on the Washington, D.C. waterfront with a target of 2018.
The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold what is likely its final hearing on the new stadium tomorrow, Thursday, after giving its conditional approval in December. If the stadium is approved, a source says the team will look to begin construction this spring.
“We are thrilled to partner with such an incredible brand that is not only recognized in North America, but throughout the world,” said Jason Levien, United Managing General Partner, in a statement. “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.”
Audi has corporate offices in Northern Virginia. The brand has been the automotive sponsor of MLS since 2015.D.C. United is currently playing what the club hopes is its final season in RFK Stadium.