This article originally appeared on July 12, 2023, published by WTOP.
Excitement is building in the nation’s capital for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which is set for Audi Field on Wednesday, July 19, when the MLS all-stars take on Arsenal F.C. of the English Premier League.
While the District has hosted soccer All-Star Games in 2002 and 2004, this will be the first one at Audi Field, the home of D.C. United that opened in 2018 in Buzzard Point.
According to Events DC, the District’s convention and sports authority, about 20,000 people are expected at Wednesday’s game.
“That’s going to provide jobs and more experiences and support for our local residents and our local businesses,” said Angie Gates, CEO of Events DC. “We are estimating an economic impact of over $11 million.”