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5 Reasons to Check Out DC's Sports Teams This Fall

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This fall could hold lots of excitement for the District's sports fans.

Washington, DC is a sports town — and fall is the best time to be a sports fan. The NFL season revs to life, regular seasons for the NHL and NBA start soon after and NCAA Basketball tips off as well. Fortunately, the DC area’s bounty of teams means there are plenty of reasons to watch or attend games as the leaves fall.

1 The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals with the Stanley Cup - NHL Hockey in Washington, DC

The Washington Capitals finally climbed the mountain in 2018, ripping through the Stanley Cup Playoffs and winning the first championship in their 44-year history, and the first major pro sports championship in DC since 1992. The Caps now enter 2018-19 more inspired and motivated than ever. Captain Alex Ovechkin, Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby and young superstar Evgeny Kuznetsov will look to take new head coach Todd Reirden's squad to the promised land. We can’t wait for the 82-game ride, with 41 coming at a raucous Capital One Arena and plenty of reasons to attend a game.

2 NBA action at Capital One Arena, courtesy of the Washington Wizards

John Wall Celebrating at Capital One Arena - Washington Wizards Basketball in Washington, DC

One of the NBA’s best backcourt tandems, John Wall and Bradley Beal, lead the Wizards into the 2018-19 season, as the team looks to make a run at the NBA Finals after reaching the playoffs in four out of the last five seasons. Wall and Beal are joined by young studs Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, as well as well as the offseason's big-name acquisition, center Dwight Howard. The home opener comes Oct. 18 against the Miami Heat.

3 The Washington Redskins look to return to the NFL playoffs

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The Redskins will strive to reach the NFL playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Led by new quarterback Alex Smith, newly acquired wide receiver Paul Richardson, Jr., backfield threat Chris Thompson and tight end Jordan Reed, the offense can put up lots of points. The defense features star cornerback Josh Norman and two first round draft picks on the defensive line in Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. Marquee home games include matchups against the Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 21, 4:25 p.m.), the Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 4, 1 p.m.) and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 30, 1 p.m.). Head to the team’s website for single game ticket options.

4 Catch school spirit at Georgetown, George Washington and American basketball games

The Georgetown University Hoyas have their eyes set on a Big East title in 2018-19, with the home conference schedule starting with a matchup against St. John's on Jan. 5. Prior to that, the Hoyas take on crosstown rival Howard at Capital One Arena on Dec. 29. Meanwhile, George Washington University’s Colonials look to contend in the Atlantic 10, opening their season at home on Oct. 28 against Catholic University. Last but not least, the American University Eagles will chase a Patriot League title and a NCAA Tournament berth.

5 Watch Wayne Rooney and D.C. United at the new Audi Field

@abc7dc - Young fan at D.C. United game at Audi Field - The best things to do in Washington, DC

D.C. United has a new home at Audi Field, complete with new amenities and a fantastic atmosphere. The team also added star Wayne Rooney this season and are making a playoff push. Check out the schedule and pick a match that works best for you. Marquee games include the Sept. 29 tilt against the Montreal Impact and the Oct. 21 game against NYC FC.

Get in the game this fall and explore more sports and outdoor recreation activities in Washington, DC.

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