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Tickets to our April 15, 2017 home opener of the fifth season of National Women’s Soccer League play at Maryland SoccerPlex’s Maureen Hendricks Field are now on sale to the general public following an early sales period reserved for groups and season ticket holders.
Our opening game kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and features a rematch of the 2016 NWSL Championship between the Spirit and North Carolina Courage. The Courage was operated as the Western New York Flash during the first four years of NWSL play but was sold during the offseason, renamed, and relocated to Cary, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. A majority of the team’s roster, as well as head coach Paul Riley, remains intact.
The Spirit was leading deep into stoppage time of the second overtime in the Championship, only to have victory slip away in the most heartbreaking fashion when U.S. Women’s National Team newcomer Lynn Williams equalized in the dying seconds, and then the Flash prevailed in penalty kicks. It was the first Championship appearance for the the Spirit, but the franchise shares the NWSL record for most playoff appearances.
The home opener at the SoccerPlex is set for 3 p.m. ET to support the league’s new 3-year broadcast partnership with A+E Network’s commitment to broadcast a Game of the Week on their Lifetime channel. While not currently scheduled as the season-opening Lifetime game, the 3 p.m. start time is in place just in case the scheduled game of the week is postponed or experiences technical difficulty.
Individual tickets are available now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com and range in price from $30 to $90 depending on seating section, with group discounts available for 20 or more tickets by calling 301-591-0927. For the first time, fans can secure assigned seating in the most sought after central sections in the 5500-capacity stadium’s East Stands. Also a first, single game ticket pricing will vary throughout the season based on anticipated demand, though the range of pricing is capped.
The Spirit’s first preseason match will be on Saturday, March 18 against Penn State University, followed by the Spirit’s first ever game in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 25 against the University of North Carolina. Tickets for all preseason matches and 2017 season tickets are available at tickets.washingtonspirit.com or by calling 301-591-0927. The full 12-game home schedule will be announced soon.