DC’s sports teams are a blast to cheer for, any time of the year.
See superstars like Juan Soto, Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon 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 state-of-the-art Audi Field 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.
DC stands awash in burgundy and gold during football season, when the Washington Commanders take to FedExField in nearby Landover, Md. Winners of three Super Bowls in their decorated history, the team maintains a loyal fan base throughout the DMV area. FedExField is home to one of only two marching bands in the NFL. Preseason games start in August and the regular season runs from September through December.
When things cool down for the winter months, be sure to catch Russian captain Alex Ovechkin, his fellow countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov and All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby take the Capital One Arena 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 Capital One Arena on game days. A ticket to any section is a treat: there are no “bad seats” for a Caps game.
Head to the Capital One Arena for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see All-Star Bradley Beal 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 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.
The 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics, led by superstars Elena Delle Donne (the 2019 WNBA MVP) and Emma Meesseman (the 2019 WNBA Finals MVP), have become one of the most exciting draws in the city. The fantastic team calls the Entertainment and Sports Arena home from May through September. Head to Mystics Ticket Central to start planning an evening of hoops-themed fun.
Washington, DC is well represented in the XFL league by the Defenders. Catch the 2023 North Division champions in action each spring at Audi Field with Fan Fests, beer snakes and a growing fan base to look forward to.
Audi Field is also home to the 2021 NWSL champions. The Spirit's talented roster includes 2023 World Cup selections Andi Sullivan, Aubrey Kingsbury, Ashley Sanchez and Trinity Rodman. The team brings fierce competition to the field March through October.
One of the most consistently dominant teams 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 at Union Market in late summer.
Capital City Go-Go This NBA G-League team plays its home games at Entertainment and Sports Arena from November through March. You can watch future NBA talent in action in a highly competitive environment. Check out the schedule for the upcoming year and also know that season ticket memberships are available.
DC College Sports
DC’s sports scene goes beyond professional action. Georgetown University’s basketball team, which plays in the Big East Conference, calls Capital One Arena home, while George Washington University takes the floor at the Charles E. Smith Center as part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
- 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.