While the unofficial sport of Washington, DC may be political wrangling, we’re also home to six professional sports teams. Add a game to your itinerary to see where the real action is in the nation’s capital.
Catch star player Stephen Strasburg in action with a Washington Nationals baseball game. Make sure you check here to see when he is pitching. Nationals Park, DC’s modern ballpark, offers up magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument. And every Sunday game day is Family Fun Day, with kid-themed pre- and post-game activities - plus the Racing Presidents serve up fun for the whole family at all home games. Family Fun Pack tickets include an upper right-field terrace seat, a hot dog, chips and a Coca-Cola or Dasani water. nationals.mlb.com
Did you know that D.C. United is one of the most successful soccer teams in the country? Catch a game at the historic RFK Stadium and see why. The four-time Major League Soccer championship team plays from April through October. Extra points if you sit in the particularly boisterous “Screamin’ Eagles” fan club section. dcunited.com
DC stands awash in red and gold during football season, when the beloved Washington Redskins take to FedEx Field in nearby Landover, Md. The arrival of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will make game days even more action-packed for the team, which boasts one of only two marching bands in the NFL. DC’s loyal football fans make Redskins tickets hard to come by, but you can depend on Stubhub.com to provide options at different price points. Preseason games start in August. redskins.com
Head to the Verizon Center for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see John Wall in action. The arena is centrally located in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood, so after the game you can grab dinner, sightsee at a museum or relax with a nightcap at one of the neighborhood’s buzzy bars. For tickets, visit nba.com/wizards.
When things cool down again for the winter months, be sure to catch Russian captain Alex Ovechkin (immortalized at the nearby Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. wax museum) play with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The team has been particularly successful in recent years, and you’ll see fans “Rocking the Red” near the Verizon Center on game days. capitals.nhl.com