DC United Might Not Play Entire '18 Home Schedule At Audi Field With June Opening
DC United plans to open Audi Field next season, but "might have to play" an MLS home match in an "alternative location" at the beginning of the season, according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. With the venue scheduled to open more than three months into the '18 season, DC United is "working with MLS to determine whether the entire slate of home matches at the new venue in Southwest DC can fit into the league calendar." DC United President of Business Operations Tom Hunt said, “We want to get every single match at Audi Field, if we can. If we can’t, we have some ideas that we think would be a very cool, unique event for our fan base and the expansion of our fan base.” Goff notes DC United has "no plans to play again at RFK Stadium ... even if the league mandates one home match before Audi Field is ready." Hunt: “There is no expectation we’ll be back at RFK.” Goff notes the team will "continue to lease RFK's practice fields and facilities until it builds a training facility of its own." Meanwhile, Hunt said that United has "sold 24 of the 29 available suites" for Audi Field. Two others are "set aside for use by the city and visiting team." Hunt said that the season-ticket "target is 12,500," whereas DC United has "9,000 at RFK." Hunt added that because of Audi Field's proximity to Nationals Park, MLS will "not schedule matches on the same days as baseball games" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/22).