D.C. United revises ticket agreement to include all three supporters’ groups
D.C. United announced Friday night that the club has reached an agreement to sell tickets to all three supporters’ groups for the supporters’ stand at Audi Field less than a week after two groups boycotted the grand opening of the new soccer-specific facility.
La Barra Brava and District Ultras will have official presences at Audi Field going forward, according to both the club and the groups. United CEO Jason Levien said earlier in the week he wanted to rectify the situation and met with groups as early as Tuesday.
“Jason Leviens direct intervention and personal interest made us hopeful, and the ticketing staffs dedicated work and flexibility have been instrumental in reinforcing our belief that a fair solution is possible,” the @DistrictUltrasX said in the statement. Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) July 21, 2018
Barra reported that the stand was sold out for the next two matches:
We are officially sold out for the next two home games. Well except for two tickets for Saturday that are lost in TM purgatory. Show in account but not on TM. If we can get additional tickets we will let everyone know. Barra Brava (@Barra_Brava) July 21, 2018
Previously, United announced a strategic partnership with the supporters’ group Screaming Eagles in February that in part gave the Eagles exclusive rights to sell single-game tickets in the supporters’ stand. Members of Barra and Ultras only could stand and chant with the diehard fans in that section if they bought tickets from the rival group, which they found untenable.
Barra and Ultras voiced their disagreement with the situation for months and claimed the club did not respond to their attempts to communicate. They boycotted Audi Field’s first-ever MLS game Saturday, in which United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1.
United’s next home game is Wednesday against the New York Red Bulls.