News Release, Washington Spirit
Boyds, Md. (4/10/19) – The Washington Spirit are excited to announce that the club will be playing two games at D.C. United’s Audi Field during the 2019 NWSL season. The Spirit will play all other 10 home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
The Spirit’s two games at Audi Field will feature the August 24 fixture versus the Orlando Pride and the match on September 14 against Reign FC. Both matches have a scheduled 7:30 p.m. EST kickoff.
The Spirit made their first appearance at Audi Field last season in a game against Portland Thorns FC which attracted a club-record 7,976 spectators and was broadcast nationally on ESPNEWS.
Washington Spirit CEO Larry Best had this to say about the Spirit’s Audi Field appearances: “After a fantastic experience for both our players and our fans at our debut at Audi Field last year, we are excited to double that excitement with two games this season at D.C. United’s Audi Field,” he continued, “We believe playing in the larger venue gives more fans the accessibility and the opportunity to see the quality product we are putting on the field.”
The fixture against coincides with the conclusion of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as the Spirit’s international players will have returned to the team in time to rejoin the club at Audi Field.
Best said, “Fans will have a chance to welcome back our U.S., Jamaican and Australian Women’s National Team players who will have just wrapped up their play on the international stage allowing our regional fans to see them play in this great venue.”
“We are very happy to host The Washington Spirit at Audi Field for two matches this season,” said D.C. United CEO and Co-Chairman Jason Levien, he continued, “we hope for bumper turnouts from the soccer community in the DMV to cheer the team on once again.”
Spirit and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Mallory Pugh shared her feelings on returning to Audi Field: “I’m very excited to play at Audi field again. The stadium itself is amazing and the field was one of the best I’ve played on. It’s an opportunity for us to expand our fan base. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
Spirit midfielder and team captain Andi Sullivan, who also played at Audi Field last season, had this to say on the Spirit’s return: “We have such an exciting season ahead, and playing two games at Audi Field definitely adds to the excitement. Playing in the district brings even more energy to us as players and to our fans. We hope to see all our familiar #SpiritFam members there and some new ones, too.”
Veteran Spirit Midfielder Tori Huster shared her excitement about playing in D.C., saying: “We are extremely excited to head back down to Audi Field this year. Audi Field offers a world-class facility for us and our fans. It was an awesome atmosphere last year and we’re looking forward to seeing new and old fans out in support, especially post World Cup!”
All ticketing details, including group and suite sales, will be announced at a later date. Current Spirit Season Ticket Members with Assigned or General Admission seating have Audi Field tickets included in their package. This does not apply to Spirit Flex Pack holders who will be able to use their flex accounts to purchase tickets once available.