The Best Sporting Events in DC and Where to Catch Them

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Don’t miss out on D.C. sporting events this season!

Washington, D.C., is well known for its politics, collection of museums on the National Mall, historic and iconic monuments interspersed throughout the city, and festivals celebrating cherry blossoms, among other things. Athletics may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the U.S. Capital is also an excellent sports town. It’s home to professional, semi-professional, and college teams that celebrate the talents of men and women from all over the world. There are a ton of sporting events for all different types of sports and games to fit all fans. 

With nearly every major sport represented — including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, and hockey, with rugby joining that list by 2020 — there’s sure to be a little something for everyone. Here’s a quick guide to finding your new favorite D.C. team, and where to watch the action.

Check out some of D.C.’s teams

The DC Metro Area has a little something for every sports fan, and that’s true whether you’re into professional sports or prefer to follow college athletics. It’s home to many teams, including:

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Where to catch a game

There are always tickets available to go to DC-area games in person, and sitting in the stadium among fans while cheering for your team is an experience that can’t be replicated.

For those looking to enjoy the excitement without shelling out the full ticket cost, or simply hoping for a more casual environment, the city is home to tons of sports bars that might be exactly what you need. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Penn Social — In the heart of Penn Quarter, Penn Social boasts three bars, a patio, 30+ draught beers, two stages, and tons of games, making it the perfect place to enjoy any sporting event. It has two 22-foot movie screens and nine 10-foot screens, ensuring you never miss a moment.

Lou’s City Bar — Columbia Heights’ newest neighborhood sports bar, Lou’s offers a 45-foot bar, 24 taps, 23 high definition TVs, a projection screen, an outdoor patio, and plenty of daily food and drink specials.

The Greene Turtle — An East Coast staple, the Greene Turtle boasts nightly drink specials, plenty of televisions, and college football games on Saturdays, among other family and fan-friendly features.

Public Bar — Located in Dupont Circle, Public Bar is a restaurant, lounge, and sports bar with 31 HD TVs, D.C.’s largest projector screen, 13 HD TVs with lounge seating, 4 HD TVs on a rooftop deck, one of the city’s largest rooftop bars, and all the “same comfort and amenities of your living room.”

The Pitch Tavern — D.C.’s first upscale sports bar and restaurant, The Pitch Tavern prides itself on being a diverse atmosphere for families, sports fans, local residents, and visitors.  

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The perfect place for sports lovers

Washington D.C. is lucky to be home to a professional team from every major U.S. sport, meaning there’s always at least one local team currently in need of your support. With so many professional and collegiate options from which to choose, your only problem will be deciding which games to watch or attend.

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