Audi Field, the new stadium for D.C. United, is a go.The Washington D.C. Zoning Commission approved the new stadium by a vote of 5-0 in a meeting on Thursday night, with the team announcing moments after that it would move forward with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, February 27 at 3 p.m.
The stadium will be located near the waterfront of the Potomac River on Buzzard Point, and will have a capacity just under 20,000. Audi secured naming rights for the stadium earlier this week. According to a report from The Washington Post, the city has pledged $150 million toward land acquisition and infrastructure costs at Buzzard Point, with the team committing $200 million toward building the stadium.
“We are extremely excited to break ground on this site, a project that has been 21 years in the making,” said Jason Levien, United Managing Partner, in the statement. “Since Erick [Thohir] and I assumed stewardship in 2012 we’ve been on a mission to deliver to our fans and this community a new, permanent home. We appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into preparing for this moment and can’t wait to finally put shovels in the ground at the site of our new home, Audi Field.”
D.C. United is playing what it hopes to be its final season in the aging RFK Stadium. A source with knowledge of the situation told Fox Sports the team is targeting a summer 2018 opening for the new stadium.