The Washington Spirit will host reigning National Women’s Soccer League Champion Portland Thorns FC in the first ever women’s professional soccer game at Audi Field - D.C. United’s brand new state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Washington, D.C. - on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET.
Just over five weeks after D.C. United debuts the new venue with their first MLS match on July 14, the Spirit and Thorns will compete in the first women’s professional soccer game played in the District of Columbia since the Washington Freedom’s final showing at RFK Stadium in 2010.
The matchup at Audi Field will be the penultimate game of the 2018 NWSL regular season for both Washington and Portland, and could hold major playoff implications.
“It’s really special for us to come full circle and have women’s pro soccer in downtown D.C. again,” said Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra. “It’s a big opportunity to showcase the best women’s soccer in the world in the world’s newest stadium.”
Audi Field, the first soccer specific stadium to be constructed in the District, will feature a total capacity of 20,000 seats, 1,500 club seats, 31 luxury suites and a bike valet along with 500,000 total square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space on site.
“We’re excited to host the Washington Spirit at our new home at Audi Field in August,” said D.C. United president of business operations Tom Hunt. "Our plan from the beginning was to build a stadium that serves as a home for soccer in the nation's capital and we hope this game is so successful that it leads to more Washington Spirit fixtures at Audi Field in the future.”
Along with being home to D.C. United - the most decorated franchise in U.S. soccer history and D.C.’s most championed professional team - Audi Field will also host a variety of other sporting and cultural events. The Spirit and Thorns will be among the first to take center stage at D.C.’s newest landmark, showcasing the NWSL in the nation’s capital.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our D.C. fans who haven’t been out to the Plex recently, to see how far women’s professional soccer has come,” said 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and Spirit assistant coach Briana Scurry. “It’s great to have women’s pro soccer back in D.C. and to give more fans a chance to see us first hand.”
Washington Spirit and D.C. United 2018 Season Ticket Holders will have first selection for tickets to the game, starting on Tuesday, May 1. The game is included as part of the 12-game home schedule for Spirit Season Ticket Holders. D.C. United Season Ticket Holders will also be a part of the exclusive Season Ticket Holder Presale, which runs from May 1-6.
Additional early access to tickets will be available from May 7-13, as the presale extends to the following groups: Fans who have purchased at least one single game ticket to a 2018 Washington Spirit home game, members of Washington Spirit Youth Club Partners and Community Partners, all official Spirit and D.C. United supporters groups, and large groups of 25 or more. Current Audi Field Suite Holders will have until May 15 to book their suites for the game, with any remaining offered for sale thereafter through the Spirit ticket office.
Fans interested in accessing the presale who don’t qualify per the above, can still get access by completing a five-question survey. [SURVEY]
Everyone taking advantage of the two presale periods will have access to tickets for $10 off the public sale prices. Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public starting on Monday, May 14.
Fans interested in purchasing Youth Group Experiences or renting Audi Field Suites should contact the Washington Spirit sales office at: 301-591-0927.
Complete details on ticketing options is available on the Spirit’s FAQ page. [FAQ]