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A beginner’s guide to D.C. United’s Audi Field

(Courtesy of D.C. United)

WASHINGTON – -Two decades of waiting comes to an end Saturday when one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs, D.C. United, hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at Audi Field.

“A landmark day, in a landmark year for D.C. sports. It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of what today represents,” CEO and managing partner Jason Levien said. “Audi Field will be a place where Washingtonians will come together for a shared love of the city and our shared love of this great, beautiful game. At a time when the nation’s capital is too often divided, at Audi Field we are going to play the world’s sport and we are going to live up to the team’s name, United.”

Headlined by England’s all-time leading scorer, Wayne Rooney, United finally usher in a new era. For those taking in Audi Field for the first time, here are some quick tips for navigating the stadium nestled on Buzzard’s Point in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Quick facts

The 20,000-seat stadium offers seats high above the pitch on a 35-degree angled supporters’ section with a view of the Capitol building at the very top seats. In one of the 55o field-level seats, visitors can watch the game just 8 feet from the pitch. The field itself is 115 yards by 75 yards.

The approximated $500 million project took one year and four months to finish. In the week leading up to the match, workers worked around the clock to put the remaining touches on the stadium’s decoration, landscaping and team store.

How to get there

Audi Field is located about three city blocks from National’s Park — home of Washington D.C.’s Major League Baseball team. Audi Field’s exact address in Buzzard Point is 100 Potomac Ave. SW, Washington D.C. 20024.

There are a couple options available for transportation to the stadium.

  • Metro – D.C. has a petty accessible and, at times, efficient metro system. Hop on the Green Line to Navy Yard-Ballpark and exit the station following the “Ballpark and Soccer Stadium” signs. From there, it is about a 15 minute walk across South Capitol Street. Metro runs until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. Sunday and 11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Check wmata.com for the latest Metro news and updates. 
  • Bus – The D.C. Circulator will begin prolonging match-day service to Audi Field starting July 24th. You can take the Circulator route as early as two hours before kickoff to the Potomac & Half Street stop. The Circulator runs an hour and a half after the end of the match. The bus runs every 10 minutes for $1 to ride, servicing Eastern Market, Navy Yard, Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza metro stations. 
  • Uber – Fans attending the game will be directed to a location near National’s Park before and after the match for pickup and drop off. Pickups are not allowed on South Capitol Street.
  • Bike – Audi Field has plenty of bike spots located next to the stadium. During the day, biking is an active, easy option to the field. 
  • Drive – One of the biggest differences between Audi Field and RFK Stadium is the parking lot situation. RFK had parking lots that seemed to expand into the horizon. At Audi Field, United offers reserved spots using SpotHero. Visit Audi Field’s parking page to reserve a spot at lower prices than day of the game.
  • Riverboat – One of the more unique options to the stadium is the Potomac Riverboat Company. Use the National Park dock to get close to Audi Field. Tickets cost $20 one-way or $25 roundtrip. The soccer boat departs from the dock 30 minutes after the game ends.

This year’s MLB All-Star Weekend activities will affect roads around Audi Field for the inaugural match. Find full travel information here.

Where to eat

Pro Soccer USA got an exclusive look into Audi Field’s unique partnership with Levy and José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup to bring quick upscale eats to the stadium. Check out a review of selected items here

Enjoy a Levy/ThinkFoodGroup creation with the Double Smoked Burger. (Pro Soccer USA, Emily Olsen 2018)

Those familiar with United’s South American cuisine at RFK Stadium will be happy to hear the arepas and pupusas will be at Audi Field.

Visit section 125 for arepas and sections 109, 116, or 135 for a familiar face. Maria’s Pupuseria Factoria is coming to Audi Field with the same family-made Salvadorian cuisine as the hallowed halls of RFK. 

Find a full map of the concession stands here.

Where to celebrate

Audi Field is a short walk to DC’s fastest growing neighborhood, Navy Yard.

To celebrate a win, head over to The Big Stick for “brats and brews” with an apparent baseball theme or take on a 30 minute walk to Blue Jacket for locally brewed beer and full menu. 

Navy Yard and Buzzard Point are quickly becoming areas of high rise apartments with plenty of restaurants both locally-owned and chains. Don’t be surprised if the options for post-game celebration double by next season. 

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