Washington, D.C. has professional football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, and soccer teams, and of those five, it’s the Capitals, the ice hockey team, whose fans are the most passionate. And visible: In season you’ll see the red-jersey’d devotees swarming the downtown before and after the match at the Verizon Center. Tickets to the Caps games are attainable but not cheap. It’s the tickets to the Redskins football matches that remain most elusive, thanks to a loyal subscription base.
Annual Sporting Events
Marine Corps Marathon -- Thirty thousand runners compete in this 26.2-mile race (the third largest marathon in the United States), which winds past major memorials. The race takes place the last Sunday in October; 2015 marks its 40th year. www.marinemarathon.com. tel 800/786-8762.
Citi Open (formerly know as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic -- This U.S. Open series event attracts more than 72,000 people to watch tennis pros compete for big bucks. The classic benefits the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. The tournament takes place for about 9 days, from late July into early August, at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. www.citiopentennis.com. tel 202/721-9500.
General Spectator Sports
Baseball -- Washington, D.C.’s Major League Baseball team, the Nationals, play at the finely designed Nationals Ballpark (www.nationals.com; tel 202/675-6287) located in southeast Washington. The 41,000-seat stadium is sparking development in this old neighborhood, which now goes by the name “Capitol Riverfront.”
Basketball -- The 20,600-seat Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, where it meets 7th Street (www.verizoncenter.com; tel 202/628-3200) in the center of downtown, is Washington’s premier indoor sports arena, where the Wizards (NBA), the Mystics (WNBA), and the Georgetown University Hoyas basketball teams play.
Football -- The Redskins National Football League team plays at the 85,000-seat stadium FedEx Field, outside of Washington, in Landover, Maryland. Obtaining tickets is difficult thanks to season ticket holders, but if you want to try, visit www.redskins.com/fedexfield.
Ice Hockey -- The Capitals of the National Hockey League are beloved in this city. The team rink is inside the 20,600-seat Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW (www.verizoncenter.com; tel 202/628-3200), in the center of downtown.
Soccer -- D.C.’s men’s soccer team, D.C. United (www.dcunited.com), has been around since 1994 but continues to play its matches at the creaky 55,000-seat Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE (tel 202/547-9077).
Tennis -- World Team Tennis franchise team, the Washington Kastles (www.washingtonkastles.com), plays at the beautiful, 2,600-seat, waterfront Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, within view of the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Potomac River. WTT is a co-ed professional tennis league; the Kastles team includes Martina Hingus and Leander Paes. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW (tel 202/483-6647).
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