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Checking Out the D.C. Sports Scene

This guest post comes from our summer intern, John Steele. Thanks so much, John!


Everyone knows about Washington, D.C.’s reputation as the living enshrinement of America’s rich history and home to the United States federal government; however, it can be easy to forget about Washington D.C.’s thriving sports scene.  Whether you’re out touring one of D.C’s great museums or handling official business in the Library of Congress, you may want to save some time in the evenings or at the beginning or end of your trip to catch an exciting baseball game or tennis match—both of which will be readily available during your visit to Washington D.C.

Baseball
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Every week, scores of elated Washingtonians pile into National Park to watch the Nationals duel visiting baseball teams. Home games occur frequently, so catching one should not be too difficult. For further information on scheduling and ticketing, please see this site. If you actually decide to embark on a D.C. baseball journey, one option for traveling to Nationals Park is the DC Metro.  The Green line runs regularly during games and the walk to/from the Navy Yard-Ballpark stop is very short. Be prepared for very large crowds. If you have a DC Metro Smartrip card, please be sure to use it.. Additional information on travel to Nationals Park can be found here.  With regard to seating, there’s no such thing as a bad seat in the house, but try to avoid the lower right field seats. You’ll be in the shade, but it’s really difficult to see the entire field and scoreboard from that vantage point.  Nationals Park hosts an assortment of fine eats. Reference this site for more information.

Tennis
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In addition to great baseball, the District is also home to a growing tennis market. To be fair, you’re probably not going to catch any Wimbledon-level tennis in D.C., but if you’re into viewing competitive matches, the District has a few options.   The Washington Kastles, one of seven franchises currently competing in World Team Tennis, has won six of the last seven World Team Tennis championships.  Matches are held indoors at the Charles E. Smith Center, Kastles Stadium. The Smith Center is located on the corner of 22nd and G Streets NW in Foggy Bottom. For additional information on directions and ticketing, please visit this site.