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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

D.C. United gets final approval to build new soccer stadium in Washington

DC United defender Steve Birnbaum talks about U.S. January camp, MLS Cup playoffs and interest from European clubs.
D.C. United hope to play in Audi Field by the middle of the 2018 season.

D.C. United has received final approved from to build a soccer stadium in the nation's capital.

The D.C. Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the 20,000 seat project -- named this week as Audi Field -- to be built in the Buzzard Point area, three blocks away from Nationals Park.

However, commission member Peter May told the Washington Post that he still has concerns about the venue, in which the team hopes to play by June 2018.

"The responses on environmental issues and traffic issues have been adequate to make it passable, but I'm still extremely disappointed," May said. "It just kind of barely makes it. It's been a disappointment all the way through, so I hope it turns out better than I fear it will."

The MLS club plans to break ground on Feb. 27 in a ceremony attended by commissioner Don Garber and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser. 

United, which has played at RFK Stadium since the club's inception in 1996, will pay up to $200 million in building costs, after D.C. agreed to cover $150m in land and infrastructure.

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