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Guide to DC's Sports Scene
Washington, DC’s sports teams are a blast to cheer for, any time of the year.
See superstars like Bryce Harper (the 2015 NL MVP), Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at the state-of-the-art Nationals Park in Capitol Riverfront. The stadium offers up magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument along with one of the National League’s most exciting teams. Don’t miss the famous Presidents Race, which happens between the top and bottom of every fourth inning. Make sure to check the promotional schedule before buying your tickets - there’s always something fun happening at the ballpark.
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. Winners of four MLS Cups, the squad takes the field from March through October. Extra points if you sit in the particularly boisterous “Screamin’ Eagles” fan club section. Grab some tickets and enjoy one of the best sporting atmospheres in the area.
DC stands awash in burgundy and gold during football season, when the beloved Washington Redskins take to FedExField in nearby Landover, Md. Winners of three Super Bowls in their decorated history, the team is led by head coach Jay Gruden, who led the team to a NFC East title in 2015. The ‘Skins regularly take the field in front of a packed stadium, and FedExField is home to one of only two marching bands in the NFL, a group that joyously plays “Hail to the Redskins” after every touchdown. The team’s loyal and raucous fan base means tickets can be hard to come by, but you can depend on Stubhub.com to provide options at different price points. Preseason games start in August.
Head to the Verizon Center for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see All-Star John Wall in action. With plenty of ticket options, you can find the setup that works best for you. The arena is centrally located in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter & Chinatown neighborhood, so after the game you can grab dinner, sightsee at a museum or relax with a nightcap at one of the neighborhood’s buzzworthy bars. The season runs from October through April.
When things cool down for the winter months, be sure to catch Russian captain Alex Ovechkin (immortalized at the nearby Madame Tussauds Washington DC wax museum), his fellow countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov and All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby take the Verizon Center ice for the Washington Capitals. The team has been particularly successful in recent years, bringing the city some of its best sports moments of the past decade. You’ll see throngs of fans Rocking the Red near the Verizon Center on game days. A ticket to any section is a treat: there are no “bad seats” for a Caps game.
The Washington Mystics of the WNBA call Verizon Center home from May through September. Head to Mystics Ticket Central to start planning an evening of hoops-themed fun.
At the moment, the most successful professional sports team in the city does its domination on a tennis court. The Washington Kastles have won six World Team Tennis titles, including five straight from 2011-2015. Stacked with stars and special guests (both Martina Hingis and Venus Williams have taken the court for the Kastles), you can watch the squad at Kastles Stadium in late summer.
DC’s sports scene goes beyond professional action. Georgetown University’s basketball team, which plays in the Big East Conference, calls Verizon Center home, while George Washington University takes the floor at the Charles E. Smith Center as part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
DC College Sports:
- American University
- Catholic University
- Georgetown University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- University of Maryland, College Park
Make sure to check out our events calendar for other exciting entertainment in the District.