Audi Field, the future home of North American Major League Soccer club D.C. United, has edged a step closer to completion after the last piece of structural steel was installed at the site.

United fans gathered for a special ceremony to mark the landmark placement at the site in Buzzard Point. Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to sign the steel beam with their name and leave a lasting mark on the new facility.

Audi Field is on course to be ready in time to stage United’s home match against Vancouver Whitecaps on July 14. United will continue to play at its current RFK Stadium home until the new venue opens in the summer, although in November it was reported that the team may be required to play some matches at a temporary venue.

According to the Capital News Service, Lindsay Simpson, director of media and communications at D.C. United, said: “It’s wonderful, exciting and encouraging for us to see the fan base and the community continue to rally around us for every stage of this process

“One hundred and sixty-nine days to go. We’ve got the countdown clock going on our Audi Field D.C. website and we are charging forward for 7:00 p.m. on July 14. So we are very excited for that day.”

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