Less than 14 months ago, D.C. United held a ceremonial groundbreaking on old surface parking lots in a forgotten wedge of the city. Now, Audi Field is close to becoming a reality.

The 20,000-capacity soccer stadium will open July 14 in the Southwest quadrant of Washington, two diagonal blocks from Nationals Park on a peninsula known as Buzzard Point.

Initially estimated to cost $300 million, the project has swelled to about $400 million. The city’s contribution has remained locked in at $150 million for land acquisition and infrastructure; United’s investors are spending $250 million. The team attributed the rise to additional features inside the stadium ($40 million), redevelopment of First Street ($30 million) and other unspecified costs.

On Monday, with vice president of stadium development and operations Troy Scott leading the way, the Insider donned a hard hat, safety glasses and a neon vest to tour the site.

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