The Washington Spirit announced that the match on August 25 against the Portland Thorns will be played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m. Since Audi Field was announced to be built, many had anticipated a Spirit match would be played there in 2018.
It has been eight years since a women’s professional soccer match was played in Washington, D.C. The matchup with Portland usually draws a substantial crowd so bringing it to D.C. will be enticing. The location of this matchup will draw more fans from Virginia because the commute is not as long.
“It’s really special for us to come full circle and have women’s pro soccer in downtown D.C. again,” Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra said in a statement. “It’s a big opportunity to showcase the best women’s soccer in the world in the world’s newest stadium.”
Audi Field seats 20,000 people and is the first soccer specific stadium in Washington, D.C. Washington Spirit and D.C. United season ticket holders will have priority selection for seats starting on May 1. The game is part of the 12-game home schedule for Spirit season ticket holders.
For those who are not season ticket holders, presale will happen from May 7-13 for those who have bought a ticket to a 2018 home game, Washington Spirit Youth Club Partners and Community Partners, and members of the official Spirit and D.C. United supporter groups.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 14.