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5 Reasons to Check Out the DC Defenders at Audi Field
The XFL has arrived in Washington, DC. Don’t miss out on the excitement.
The football season didn’t end after that big game in early February (sorry, we’re trying to avoid trademark infringement). The DC Defenders’ season has kicked off to much fanfare, with football fanatics flocking to the state-of-the-art Audi Field to watch the talented XFL team play. With three more home games left on the schedule, you’ve got three more opportunities to experience one of the most exciting sporting events in town this season. Read on for more reasons to buy a (very affordable) ticket.
Although it’s the Defenders’ and the XFL’s first season (not counting the XFL’s one-year stint in 2001), the squad assembled for DC features notable players. Quarterback Cardale Jones led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national championship as a freshman in 2014-15. Wide receiver Rashad Ross is a former Washington Redskin – he even returned a kickoff for a touchdown with the team during the 2015 season. Safety Rahim Moore is a former starter for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, while fellow safety Matt Elam took the field for the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Pep Hamilton also has a strong resume – Hamilton once served as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts and has also held jobs with the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. The Defenders are no joke.
While the NFL game is entertaining, the XFL has implemented a set of rules that only makes football even more fun to watch. There are no extra points – teams either go for one, two or three points with their offense on the field after scoring a touchdown. The play clock is only 25 seconds, so the action is sped up compared to the NFL. Teams can run plays featuring two forward passes as long as the first occurs behind the line of scrimmage. Halftime is shorter. There’s more – you can read up on all of these innovative ideas on the XFL’s rules page.
During this event that begins three hours before kickoff, fans and families have the chance to interact with Defenders players on their way to the stadium, hear live music, create their own battle shield, visit a face-painting station, enjoy local fare from city food trucks and much more. Fans can also visit Sandlot Southwest, the official DC Defenders pre-game tailgate venue, where beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
Single game tickets to see the Defenders start at just $24. There are also an array of other options, including season tickets that start at just $20 per game, premium seating and group ticket packages. The Defenders also offer special ticket deals throughout the season.
Audi Field is fortunately located smack dab in the middle of two of the city’s most popular waterfront destinations. There are so many things you could do in Capitol Riverfront, from grabbing ice cream or wine tasting to going stand-up paddleboarding. To the west of stadium, you’ll stumble upon The Wharf, home to The Anthem music venue, the longest continually operating open-air fish market in the country, hot restaurants and shopping.