The DC sports world can be a mixed blessing. We have all of the major professional sports represented here in town, and many of them consistently have fairly good seasons, with regular post-season appearances. However, for many DC fans, the failure of DC’s teams to bring home national championships is an ongoing source of frustration.
In addition, because so many people in DC come from other metropolitan areas, they bring their sports fandom with them and fail to get on board with the local teams. It’s not uncommon to go to a professional sporting event and see a large portion of the stadium wearing the other team’s colors and jerseys.
Ready to transfer your loyalty to a DC team? The good news is that there’s a team for every fanbase, and with beautiful new facilities in great neighborhoods that are fun to visit, you’ll find that you love going out to the ol’ ballgame.
Washington Nationals: For many who grew up in the DC area, their childhood team was the Baltimore Orioles, but that all changed in 2005 when the former Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals. Their first three seasons were played at the old RFK stadium while Nationals Park was being built. The opening of the Park in 2008 resulted in an incredible transformation of a blighted area of Southeast into a commercial and residential juggernaut with no sign of slowing down.
The park itself is lovely, with a mix of modern convenience and the traditional ballpark. And the Nationals are a consistently good team, winning Division Titles repeatedly over the last several years. They have also generated a fair amount of excitement with popular players like Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and Daniel Murphy. Fans continue to flock to games, while hoping that at some point the Nationals can turn their consistent post-season appearances into a World Series for DC.
Washington Redskins: The Washington Redskins are a storied football team and are currently the third most valuable team in the NFL, behind only arch-rivals Dallas and New England. However, the Redskins have been plagued by poor management and are known for making big off-season moves that pump up their fan base, only to fail to convert these changes into a winning season. In addition, they are plagued by controversy regarding their logo and team name, which are often cited as offensive by Native American groups.
Still, people turn out in droves to fill up FedEx Field in Landover MD each Sunday during the fall and winter and the 2015 and 2016 seasons were the first consecutive winning seasons in 20 years. With the current season at 3-2 at the time of this writing, hope springs eternal for Redskins fans.
Washington Wizards: The Washington Wizards started out as the Baltimore Bullets, moving to DC in 1973, although they continued to play some games in Baltimore in ensuing seasons. The team’s owner changed their name from the Washington Bullets to the Washington Wizards in 1995. The team name Wizards was the result of a fan vote. Under the Bullets team name, they appeared in a number of NBA finals and won the 1978 NBA championship.
Perennial contenders, the Washington Wizards most recent season saw them make the semifinals of the championship series, before falling to the Boston Celtics in a seven game series. This was their fourth playoff appearance in the previous four years, making them one of the strongest and most consistent teams in the league. The Wizards play at Capital One Arena, which they share with the Washington Capitals.
Washington Capitals: One of the most popular DC sports teams, the Washington Capitals have made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before being defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. Team favorite Alexander Ovechkin has been with the team since 2004 and has served as captain since 2010. He has been a popular star player for the Caps, reaching his 1,000 point milestone in January 2017.
Despite initial complaints of soft ice at Capital One Arena, conditions have improved in recent years and an evening at the Caps game is a popular tradition for many in the area. In addition, the commercial development in the area means that whether you are a Wizards or Caps fan, you’re sure to find great restaurants and bars for before and after the game.
DC United: The exception to the post-season choke rule in DC is DC United, one of the most consistently high-performing and championship-winning soccer teams in the MLS. They have played for many years at RFK Stadium, at one time sharing it with the Nationals. They have also played some of their games at the larger FedEx Field, including a 2011 exhibition against Manchester United which drew more than 81,000 fans and set a record for DC-area soccer match attendance.
Audi Field will be the new home of DC United and is currently under construction with a projected opening date of June 2018. It is a soccer-specific stadium design and is expected to bring tremendous residential and commercial growth to the Buzzard Point area.
No matter what your favorite sport is, you will find a DC team to root for. And if you want to be close to where the action is, there are great residential options close to all of the stadiums and arenas. Sign in at our website and let one of our agents know where you want to be. We’ll create a custom search that will ensure you always have home field advantage.