WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For months Andrew Durkin has seen plans and artist renderings of Audi Field, the soon-to-be new home of his favorite soccer team D.C. United.
Even though he had a good idea of what to expect he was not prepared for how he felt upon seeing the pitch for the very first time as a wide grin came across his face.
"It's incredible," said Durkin.
That sentiment was echoed by his mother Rebecca and hundreds of other fans who were there Monday for the ribbon cutting of the new stadium.
"We always grew up at RFK and it was always a great place," said Andrew, a longtime fan and the brother of a DC United player. "To have something completely new arrive; it's just insane.
The new stadium is almost ready for it's debut Saturday July 14.
Work is still being done in the locker rooms and the other parts of the stadium. Still, many fans were happy to see the gates open up for a few hours and get a look at the field where the Black-and-Red will play their home games from here on out.
The stadium was built to hold 20,000 seats and 31 luxury suites with some of those chairs right on top of the action.