A rendered image of Audi Field, Major League Soccer club DC United's new home stadium. (Photo courtesy of DC United)

Tycoon Erick Thohir Spends Big on New Stadium for DC United


JUNE 28, 2017

Jakarta. Major League Soccer club DC United, owned by Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir, is building a new stadium in Washington, D.C., with the naming rights belonging to German carmaker Audi.

Construction of Audi Field stadium, which started in February this year, is scheduled for completion in June next year.

The facilities at DC United's new home stadium will include a hotel and a retail area, making it suitable for cultural events and music concerts.

The 20,000-seated stadium will cost around $500 million.

"It's a pride to have a new home stadium for DC United's fans; we expect it will attract simultaneous visitors every year," Thohir said in a statement on Tuesday (27/06).

"We also have a partnership with Indonesian Embassy to make the site useful for Indonesia's cultural and tourism promotion in the United States," he added.

Erick, the son of Teddy Thohir, co-founder of automotive distributor Astra International, has been made several sports investments.

He is still president of Internazionale Milan, despite having sold his majority stake in the Italian football club to China's Suning Group last year. At the age of 47, Erick also chairs the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) with the current focus on the Asian Games, which will be hosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, next year.