This Thursday, the D.C. Zoning Commission gave D.C. United final approval for the construction of the $300 million Buzzard Point stadium, Audi Field. Despite the unanimous approval, Zoning Commissioner Peter May said, "I am still disappointed in the design. It has been a disappointment all the way through. I hope it turns out better than expected."
With hopes to open in 2018, the groundbreaking for the project is slated for February 27 on the eastern edge of the stadium’s site, as reported by WTOP. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Audi North America President Scott Keogh will be in attendance.
Once complete, the stadium will have a capacity of 20,000. 31 luxury suites will be constructed.
As part of its final community benefits agreement, D.C. United will donate $50,000 for nearby residents concerned about air contaminants and install a Capital Bikeshare station and parking for 447 bicycles.
Washington Business Journal reported that D.C. United will also establish a soccer club at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and offer free game tickets to Jefferson Academy Middle School students. Scholarships for 25 low-income children will also be offered to attend D.C. United summer camps.
• DC United breaks ground on Audi Field Feb. 27 [WTOP]
• D.C. United gets the go-ahead to build Audi Field [Washington Business Journal]