Here’s the good news: Audi Field, the long-awaited soccer stadium for DC United at Buzzard Point, is hosting its first game on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
And the bad news: Traffic in the area can sometimes be a bear, thanks to traffic from neighboring Fort McNair, the Navy Yard, Nationals Park, and the explosion of commercial and residential developments along South Capitol Street and the surrounding area.
Not to worry — we’ll help you red-and-black-clad maniacs to the stadium before game time. Here are the deets:
- Audi Field touts 6,500 parking spots that are accessible in the immediate area. Lots are available at The Yards and Nationals Park, which is a 10-minute walk away. Rather than play a guessing game searching for lots with spaces available, consider using SpotHero to reserve a spot ahead of time. Just a little warning: the closer the lot, the more you’ll pay (up to $50 for a space about a quarter-mile away).
- Audi Field will be fully ADA compliant. United will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the accessible parking areas.
Fans are encouraged to use the Metrorail Green Line to get to Audi Field. The closest station is Navy Yard-Ballpark, which is about 10 minutes from the stadium. A little farther away is the Waterfront-SEU Metro Station, which is about 20 minutes from Audi Field.
Metrobus Route 74 has stops along P Street SW at 3rd and 4th Streets SW, O Street SW at 1st Street SW and Half Street SW at O Street SW. It’s about 3-5 blocks from the bus stops to Audi Field.
The DC United will provide complimentary bike valet services on matchdays, as well as secure bike parking at the southwest corner of the stadium. Meanwhile, a Capital Bikeshare station will likely be installed at Audi Field, providing many points of connection to thousands of the bikeshare service’s stations across the region.
Another plus of being close to Nats Park is the ability to leverage much of the adjacent transit infrastructure. United fans in Virginia can ride the Baseball Boat from the Alexandria Marina. You can take the boat straight to The Wharf (a quick cab/rideshare drive to the stadium) or Dock 79 (dropping you off at Nats Park and a 5-minute walk away).
Places to Eat and Drink Near Audi Field
DC United chowhounds need to walk just 10 minutes to find some nice bars and restaurants along M Street near Nats Park, which has a spectrum of options whether you want a sit-down meal or a drink.
Pre-flight: The Bullpen (opens at 4 pm for Audi Field’s grand opening) - The Big Stick (but walk softly) - Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites (get over the fact you’re on the rooftop of a Hampton Inn)
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