WASHINGTON - D.C. United's ownership group headed up by CEO Jason Levien announced that the MLS Franchise signed a 2 year lease to allow United to play at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium while the team makes renovations and improvements to Audi Field. According to the D.C. United press release, “These efforts will bring needed modernization to United’s brand new obsolete stadium.”
“We find it necessary to keep up the standard that our fans demand of us,” stated Levien to The Nutmeg News. “It’s important to ensure that D.C. United is keeping pace with other teams in the Major League Soccer. As such, we are embarking on a two year renovation of Audi Field in order to deliver a premier experience to our fans.”
Insiders with the MLS team state that Audi Field infrastructure such as that wall that no one can seem to figure out will be upgraded and fixed while the team plays for an increased capacity crowd at RFK Stadium.
“We are treating this as an event,” stated director of ticket sales, grounds-keeping supervisor, merchandise supervisor, player services liaison and recent new hire Henry Stewart. “We are hoping to pack the place, contact all our season ticket holders and really sell the experience and the oddity of D.C. United getting to play at the hallowed ground of Robert F. Kennedy stadium.”
Construction on the tottering edifice of Audi Field will begin during the 2018 off-season and it is expected that the construction will be complete around the 4th or 5th week of the 2021 season provided that there are absolutely zero delays or budget issues.
“We are going to add additional seats in the luxury suites, safe standing in the luxury suites, railings to prevent spectators falling down on top of each other in the luxury suites, and a new video board in the luxury suites,” stated Audi Field maintenance supervisor Delroy Lindgard. “The club is also adding a brand new bank of additional luxury suites that will ring the entire field. It is hoped that the new luxury suites and butler service will change the overall feel of the stadium to a more cozy and energetic atmosphere.”
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as fans prepare themselves for the pre-construction renderings and price increases.