By Levi Seller
The Audi Field ribbon cutting was a fantastic event and District Sports was happy to be in attendance. The event started with a powerful poem by Charity Blackwell from our partners at DC Scores. Afterward, guests and D.C. United fans listened to speeches by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, D.C. United owner Jason Levien and many more. A particular highlight was the speech by DC Councilmember Jack Evans who joked they had been working on getting a stadium in DC so long that he “sat down with President George Washington and Pierre L’Enfant” and that “Abe Lincoln was a big soccer guy…but he couldn’t get it done either.”
Audi Field seats 20,000 fans, has 31 luxury suites and is located in the Buzzard Point neighborhood.
One of the stadium’s big draws for premium and club tickets is a menu curated by famous Spanish chef José Andrés.
Anyone else hungry for Audi Field food by @chefjoseandres? 😛 https://t.co/xE6Hh6xmAw
— Audi Field (@AudiField) May 7, 2018
Newest United player Wayne Rooney was also in attendance to get a first look at the stadium. The English star will make his MLS debut this Saturday right back at Audi Field.
Great day for the opening of @audifield. Can’t wait to play there this Saturday 🏟⚫🔴 #DCU pic.twitter.com/JBF5ffijB3
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 10, 2018
D.C. United sits at 2-7-5 heading into the game Saturday and hopes a new home field will give them an added boost.
The ribbon cutting was a great event and a great way to kick things off for a city that has needed a stadium like this for a long time.