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4 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, as do the regular seasons for the NHL and NBA, 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.

Your ultimate guide to fall in Washington, DC

1 The Washington Capitals will fight towards their second Stanley Cup in three years

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. After a tough first-round exit last season, the Caps now enter 2019-20 more inspired and motivated than ever. Captain Alex Ovechkin, Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby and young superstar Evgeny Kuznetsov will look to take 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 shooting guards, Bradley Beal, leads the Wizards into the 2019-20 season, as the team looks to return to the NBA Playoffs. Beal is joined by young stud Thomas Bryant and rookie sensation Rui Hachimura. The home opener comes Oct. 30 against the James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets.

3 The Washington Redskins battle on the gridiron

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The Redskins offense is led by new quarterback Alex Smith, with rookie Dwayne Haskins waiting in the wings. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, backfield threat Chris Thompson and running back Adrian Peterson, a Hall-of-Famer to-be, make up the offensive weapons. The defense features star cornerback Josh Norman and two first round draft picks on the defensive line in Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. The remainder of the home slate includes matchups against the San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 20, 1 p.m.), the Detroit Lions (Nov. 24, 1 p.m.) and division rivals in the Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 15, 1 p.m.) and New York Giants (Dec. 22, 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 2019-20, with the home conference schedule starting with a matchup against St. John's on Jan. 8. Prior to that, the Hoyas take on former Big East rival Syracuse at Capital One Arena on Dec. 14. Meanwhile, George Washington University’s Colonials look to contend in the Atlantic 10, opening their regular season home slate on Nov. 9 against Howard University. Last but not least, the American University Eagles will chase a Patriot League title and a NCAA Tournament berth.

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