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11 Reasons to See Wayne Rooney and D.C. United at Audi Field
Major League Soccer in Washington, DC promises to bring out the ultimate fan experience and a lively crowd for every match.
Washington, DC is a bona fide sports town. And with four MLS Cups to its name, D.C. United, the city’s Major League Soccer team, is one of the winningest teams in the game. Unlike all other major sports teams in the city, United uses “DC” in its name, which is how most locals refer to the city. As such, DCU feels like it’s part of the local community – this couldn’t be more true given its new Audi Field location, which straddles two hotter-than-hot neighborhoods, Capitol Riverfront and Southwest Waterfront.
Whether you’re a life-long soccer fan or you’ve never watched a game before, you’ll love the energy, excitement and experience of seeing D.C. United play in person. From cheering on legendary footballer and new addition Wayne Rooney to having one of the best stadiums in soccer, there are lots of reasons to hop on the band wagon and get tickets today. Check ‘em all out below.
“Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me,” said Wayne Rooney, after joining D.C. United. “I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 percent.” D.C. United hopes the England national team’s all-time leading goal scorer and Manchester United legend has plenty left in the tank. The 32-year-old Rooney adds to the attack for a young squad, who expect him to score goals with his powerful leg and set up strikers Luciano Acosta in front of net. Other players to keep an eye on: U.S. Soccer fans may recognize stud Paul Arriola, who helms the midfield beside star defender and homegrown hero Chris Durkin. Meanwhile, defensemen Steven Birnbaum and Ghanaian footballer Kofi Opare hold the back line in front of first-team keeper Bill Hamid, for coach Ben Olsen’s squad.
If there’s one thing to get excited about in the move to Audi Field, it’s that finally D.C. United will play in a home designed specifically for the sport of soccer. This is music to the ears of the team's supporters, who will take their position in the north end zone. Expect the sections to be filled with gratuitous flag-waving, song-singing, chanting and more for the duration of each match. Already on the bandwagon? Get supporters’ seats in sections 136 and 137 starting at $25 on weekdays or $30 on weekends, scream and call yourself the team’s 12th man.
Cheer on the Black-and-Red along with a capacity crowd of 20,000 while enjoying a great seat, regardless of where you are. That’s because Audi Field’s proximity to the pitch is the closest in all of MLS. Sections of the front row are a mere eight feet from the action. And thanks to the high-angle stands, fans in far-back rows can still expect an intimate match experience.
Mobile tickets are required to gain access into Audi Field – download the D.C. United app in Apple's App Store and Google Play. And if you’re looking for a quick beer or bite, use the app’s mobile concessions feature. Just make sure to charge your phone before kickoff to maximize your experience. And if you have any issues about getting to or from the stadium, the app can help you navigate to your final destination.
If you want to attend a memorable sporting event, you want the buzz to build before even entering the stadium. That’s what the fan plaza is all about – it serves as a gathering place for fans and host on-site installations and pop-ups. Thanks to the ground-level sightlines, fans gathering outside the stadium can also catch glimpses of the pitch from outside, near the main entry gate. Leading up to the fan plaza and gate is the Audi Field Fanwalk, a brick walkway dedicated by fans running along Potomac Avenue.
When it comes to getting into the stadium, you can’t beat single-game Wednesday night tickets, which start as low as $25. It’s truly an incredible value given the going rate of professional sports games these days, plus … those generous sightlines. The supporters’ seats with the team’s lively fan clubs are great if you want to burn some energy, while the west sideline seats are among the most popular among fans. On the high-end, premium club seats provide VIP access to lounges and the rooftop patio, as well as comped food and drink. The stadium accommodates groups, families and single-game buyers in the south end zone. Find tickets right now.
Some liken the park to iconic stadiums that are famed for being located in the middle of a densely residential and commercial neighborhood. Wrigley Field in Chicago is adored not only for its history, but for its Wrigleyville access, with fans filling the area’s bars and streets before and after games. Expect a similar vibe around the area, and then go from the street to your seat in a flash.
Part of what makes DC’s restaurant scene so popular is all the unique international eats, some of which you’ll find at a D.C. United game. Tuck into pupusas (Sections 109, 116, 135) – a Salvadoran specialty consisting of meat- and cheese-stuffed thick corn tortillas – served by the same family-run outfit that’s been feeding fans since the team’s RFK days. Line up at the Arepa Zone (Section 125) for a Venezuelan-style corn cake sandwich made with plantains, shredded meats, black beans and more. Footy-loving foodies will also want to visit either of chef José Andrés’ two outposts. Butterfly Taco (Section 118) serves Mexico City-inspired street food, like the Yucatan-style pork and picked red onion taco. La Pepa (Sections 104, 117) peddles well-known Andrés specialties like patatas bravas (of Jaleo fame) and new takes like the pollo frito, a crispy chicken sandwich on brioche. Have a hankering for traditional stadium faves? You can bite into DC’s signature half-smoke, pizza, chicken tenders and more throughout D.C. United concessions.
In case you haven’t heard, DC is very walkable. That’s good to know before taking the short 10-minute stroll from the nearby Navy Yard Metro stop on the Green Line – the easiest way to get to the stadium. Ride the DC Circulator on game day, which provides special service on its Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza (EMLP) route to Audi Field beginning two hours before the game and ending three hours after kickoff. Cyclists can also pedal up to Audi Field in style and lock up their two-wheelers with the free on-site bike valet or bike parking at the southwest corner of the stadium. If traveling by car, your Lyft or Uber can drop off at the stadium. If you need to park a car, find one of the 6,500 nearby Audi Field parking spots from SpotHero. There are also plenty of nearby parking options with ParkWhiz, which is a fast and convenient way to find and book parking before arriving at the game. You can even hop on a water taxi bound for The Wharf and voyage to the game if you’re coming from Alexandria, Georgetown or National Harbor – but again, remember to don your trainers back on dry land as the stadium is a one-and-a-half-mile walk from The Wharf’s Transit Pier.
Show your support for the Black-and-Red at the brand-new stadium store. Said to be one of the MLS’ largest shops, the store has all the swag you could want and more. Grab a D.C. United City Skyline Scarf before catching the second half or support legend Wayne Rooney by wearing a replica of his number nine kit.
Unlike a lot of sports venues, one major benefit to Audi Field is that it’s located smack dab in the middle of two of the city’s most popular waterfront destinations. There are so many things you could do in Capitol Riverfront, from grabbing ice cream or wine tasting to going stand-up paddleboarding or crafting your own soccer-baseball double-header on Washington Nationals gamedays. To the west of stadium, you’ll stumble upon The Wharf, home to The Anthem music venue, the longest continually operating open-air fish market in the country, hot restaurants, theater and shopping. Whatever you decide to do, we kindly as you tag your adventures with #MyDCcool.
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