The future home of D.C. United has a new name, as Audi of America has signed on as the naming rights partner for Audi Field.
Set to open in Buzzard Point during the 2018 MLS season, Audi Field is likely one step away from final approval. The D.C. Zoning Commission is expected to weigh the proposal on Thursday, and could allow construction of the stadium to move forward.
“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.”
“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 plans 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.
Rendering courtesy D.C. United.