Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pictures from Audi Field Inaugural Match Day

Yesterday was the inaugural match at Audi Field, the new home of D.C. United located in Buzzard Point. The 20,000-seat stadium was sold out as D.C. United won 3-1 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Some finishing touches still need to be done - for instance, many signs throughout the stadium have not been put up yet, but Audi Field was ready to host its inaugural match. Below are pictures from yesterday's festivities. 

Fan walk
Fan plaza in front of stadium

Audi parked in Audi Way

Ticket window with sports car above

Main gate

Cycle track on 2nd Street

National Defense University

Team office on T Street

Staff entry on T Street side of stadium

Southern end of Audi Way

Audi Way - black areas will be retail

Cement plant across Half Street

View down S Street toward river
Audi Valet on 2nd Street
Team store entrance 

Eagle Bank Club

Picnic tables set up for fans
Activities available prior to match

Audi Sport tent on Audi Way
Food trucks

Fans waiting to enter
Sign greeting fans upon entry
Waiting for gates to open
White Ford Bronco performed

Ax throwing at Field House DC

Field House DC
Sports car above ticket office

View of pitch at Audi Field pre-game

View of west side of pitch

Screaming Eagles unfurl flag

East side of stadium

20,512 were in attendance 

Sunset at Audi Field

View of the pitch

Concession lines

Factoria Maria Pupuserua

Wayne Rooney enters in 58th minute

Rooney on the jumbotron

Smoke bomb after second goal scored

Nighttime view of pitch

Fireworks celebrating 3-1 win

Pitch-level view

Bar w/ new substation in background 

Team store

Team store

View of main entrance and Nats Park

Main gate

One last view of the pitch and stands

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Audi Field Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Audi Field was held on Monday, less than a week prior to D.C. United's inaugural match at the new stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Below are some pictures from the event, which brought the team, including captain Steve Birnbaum and newcomer superstar Wayne Rooney (the rest of the team was seated in the audience); D.C. United ownership - Jason Levien and Erick Thohir; MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and politicians including Mayor Bowser and Councilmembers Allen and Evans.  Dave Johnson, the voice of D.C. United, was the emcee.

Now that the inaugural game is just days away, construction fences have come down and finishing touches are being put in place in and around the stadium in Buzzard Point.  Along Potomac Avenue, the fan plaza is still under construction. A parcel adjacent to the stadium will one day contain mixed-use development, but for now will be a grassy field. The first Capitol Bikeshare station in the neighborhood has been installed at the northwest corner of Potomac Avenue and Half Street.  A Circulator stop is located on Potomac Avenue east of Half Street - this match-day service will be implemented after the inaugural match. New signage has been installed by the Capitol Riverfront BID to promote Buzzard Point with a new website and slogan: It All Connects Here. Meanwhile, construction continues on the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.