D.C. United breaks ground on new stadium
The day D.C. United had waited for finally arrived Monday.
"I'm just glad it's here," said United goalkeeper Bill Hamid. "It's a long time coming and I'm glad we're finally gonna get this thing going."
D.C. United broke ground today on a new stadium in Southwest Washington. The Red and Black's new home will be called Audi Field, and will be located just three blocks away from D.C.'s other new stadium - Nationals Park.
"It represents what will be over a billion dollars of investment," said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. "It will create jobs."
The new stadium will be ready for the start of the 2018 MLS season, meaning this season will be the team's last at RFK stadium.
"It's been my second home," said head coach Ben Olsen. "For nearly two decades I've been going there, and had just some wonderful experiences there."
"It's going to be special playing there one more year," addeed Hamid. "We created some amazing memories there, and those memories can never die."
D.C. United opens it's season this Saturday at home against Sporting K.C.
The game will be aired on NewsChannel 8, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30pm.