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10 Reasons to See Wayne Rooney & D.C. United Play 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 Major League Soccer Cups to its name, D.C. United is one of the winningest teams in the MLS. Last year, the addition of Wayne Rooney brought the team back up to form. After sitting at the bottom of the rankings, DCU signed Rooney, who then led the team to the playoffs. This year provides an opportunity to see what the Black-and-Red can do with a full season together.
Unlike the "Washington" sports teams in the city, United is the only team that identifies as being from "DC," which is how most locals refer to the city. As such, going to a DCU feels like being a part of the local fabric – and this couldn’t be more true given Audi Field's location, which straddles two exciting neighborhoods, Capitol Riverfront and Southwest & The Wharf.
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 a legendary footballer to having the league's current gem of a stadium, there are plenty of reasons to hop on the band wagon and get tickets today. Check ‘em all out below.
“I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 percent,” said Wayne Rooney after joining D.C. United last year. Boy was he right. From orchestrating the 2018 play of the year (a chase-down steal and set-up in stoppage time) to bunking with a teammate on the road like the rest of the guys, the 33-year-old Rooney reset the standard. He not only showed he had plenty left in the tank last year, but the England national team’s all-time leading goal scorer tallied 12 goals and 6 assists in 21 games while leading his team from last place to the playoffs. His chemistry with fellow fearsome attacker, Luciano Acosta – aka Lucho – proved dastardly for opponents, and they'll plan to pick up where they left off, scoring goals at will. Rounding out the must-see squad are U.S. Soccer studs Paul Arriola and Russell Canouse in the midfield, defensemen Steven Birnbaum and Frédéric Brillant holding the back line and star goalie Bill Hamid.
The move to Audi Field signified the first time the team's die-hard supporters could cheer on DCU in a stadium built for soccer. Taking up real estate in the north end zone, the fan section offers general admission tickets with a full-on expectation to scream out team chants (in English and Spanish), stand all game long and wear team colors. And about your clothes, fair warning, they might end up covered in beer as it's tradition to toss half-full plastic cups and tall-boy cans in the stands after a United goal. Forget the bandwagon –prove you got what it takes to be the team's 12th man. Get supporters’ seats in sections 136 and 137 starting at $35.
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 you don't need front-row seats to take it in. You can enjoy the view when buying concessions or walking to a different part of the stadium. 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. Also, 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 weeknight tickets, which start as low as $29. 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.
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 with slaw on the side – 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 with rates up to 50% off drive-up. 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 game days. 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.