Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions.
Washington, D.C. sports teams, compete in a variety of national leagues including baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, and tennis. Learn about the professional sports teams of the nation’s capital. Sporting events are fun to attend and provide family-friendly entertainment for all ages.
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The Major League Baseball (MLB) team, owned by the Washington, D.C.—based Lerner Family, was relocated to D.C. in 2005 from Montreal. The team plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park, located in Southeast Washington, D.C.
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) team has played for Washington since 1997 at the Capital One Arena, located in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The team is part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference.
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Washington’s most popular pro sports team plays in the National Football League (NFL) at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The team’s headquarters and training facility is located at Redskins Park in Richmond, Virginia. Redskins season’s tickets are hard to come by and are generally sold out years in advance.
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The professional soccer team plays as part of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) at the Maryland Soccer Complex in Germantown, Maryland. The team was previously named Washington Freedom.
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The team plays at Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C., for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Mystics are the counterpart to the Washington Wizards, although the two franchises are owned by different companies.
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Since 2008, the Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT), has played live tennis tournaments in Downtown Washington, D.C., each July. Owned by local entrepreneur Mark Ein, the Washington Kastles roster now has a total of 61 Grand Slam titles, including 19 women¹s singles, 26 women’s doubles, six men’s doubles, and 10 mixed doubles championships.
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Washington’s professional hockey team plays for the National Hockey League (NHL) at the Capital One Arena. Four Capitals players have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Larry Murphy, and Scott Stevens.
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The Major League Soccer (MLS) team plays at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The team has won the U.S. Open Cup twice and holds the record for most MLS Cups and MLS Supporters’ Shields. DC United has plans to build a new 20,000+ seat stadium in Southwest Washington DC.