Return of Spiritville, Pride jerseys, pre-match drag show and anthem singers from Team DC highlight match day activities for team’s Audi Field Pride Celebration
Washington, D.C. (08/25/2022) – The Washington Spirit has announced the club’s featured highlights for the early afternoon match against San Diego Wave FC on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m. EST as part of the team’s Pride Celebration at Audi Field.
Most notably, your favorite Spirit players will take the pitch in Pride-themed jerseys when San Diego comes to the nation’s capital. The numbers on the back of the Spirit’s home kits will feature all the colors of the rainbow to celebrate Pride at Audi Field. Following the match, these game-worn jerseys will be donated to Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) to be auctioned off as part of the organization’s 25th Annual Fall Brunch. All proceeds from the auction, set to run from September 12 to 24, will go toward ensuring local LGBTQ+ youth have affirming and empowering programs, resources and services. SMYAL is an organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The national anthem will be performed by Team DC, a nonprofit organization established to educate the LGBTQ community on the benefits of individual and team sports participation. Established in 1990, Team DC also works within the broader community to dispel discrimination against LGBTQ people participating in sports, awards scholarships to LGBTQ student-athletes and provides a network of sporting outlets for the LGBTQ community of the Washington Metropolitan area.
The return of Spiritville, a dedicated pregame fan area where fans can gather ahead of every Spirit match at Audi Field, will be a main feature for the second time this season at the Saturday afternoon match. Spiritville will feature a tailgate zone, a kids zone, a ‘get in the spirit’ zone, a merchandise zone and a community zone. Also notable for the September 10 match is the return of the fan-favorite free beer offer in the tailgate zone. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will be eligible to receive a free beer as a thank you for their support of the reigning champions.
A special performance will also be featured at Spiritville before the match. Thanks to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, a drag show will be held on the concourse at Audi Field prior to kickoff early Saturday afternoon. More details on the show will come as we approach match day.
At the September 10 match, Spiritville will also include a special book signing with U.S. Women’s National Team icon Briana Scurry. Scurry was a member of the 1996 gold medal-winning USWNT and had a very successful professional career spanning from 1994 to 2010. She will be signing copies of her recently published book “My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper”. A memoir following Scurry’s time with the USWNT, winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the tragedies that followed thereafter, the book is a journey of triumph, tragedy and redemption throughout the course of her life. Copies of the book will be given away to all fans who attend the signing.
The game is slated for a 1 p.m. EST kickoff, moved up from the original 5 p.m. time. Due to the change, the game will now be nationally televised on CBS. Fans looking to attend the game can purchase tickets at www.washingtonspirit.com/tickets.
- Pre-match drag show.
- A selfie station where fans can take a photo with cutouts of their favorite Spirit players.
- Tailgate Zone: At the tailgate zone fans can enjoy a live DJ and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages ahead of the game. For September 10, the first 1,000 beers will be free to fans as a thank you for their support of the reigning champions.
- Kids Zone: The Kids Zone offers arcade games and inflatables for kids to enjoy before kick-off.
- Get in the Spirit Zone: In this area, fans can get fully ready for the game with our expert face painters.
- Merch Zone: This is where you can get all of your favorite Spirit merchandise to represent the team all year long.
- Community Zone: In the Community Zone, you can get to know our community partners who are making an impact in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Segra Field in Leesburg, VA and Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.