Spirit Fans Black Out Audi Field in Clash of Recent NWSL Champions

Washington Spirit  |   April 16, 2024
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Reigning NWSL Champion Gotham FC travels to DC to face the Spirit on a special “Kicking Women’s Cancer Day,” presented by Inova


Washington, D.C. (04/16/2024) – The Washington Spirit honors Kicking Women’s Cancer Day as the team faces off against NJ/NY Gotham FC this Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. Fans should arrive in black as the Spirit looks to “Black Out” Audi Field in this nationally televised match on CBS.


This season, the Spirit will offer enhanced entertainment options and amenities to fans to create an unforgettable atmosphere from the moment gates open until well after the final whistle blows.


Upon entry to Audi Field, every fan will receive a yellow mini scarf to wave during the match. Throughout the stadium, there will also be “Kicking Women’s Cancer” signs with an area to write who you are standing with in the fight against women’s cancer.  At all games this season, fans can expect to receive a matchday program featuring game-specific information, articles about players, and more about the Washington Spirit.


From pregame to postgame, the Spirit and game presenting sponsor, Inova, are partnering to recognize and honor those impacted by cancer. On the concourse, Inova will host an activation that will include spin-to-win prize giveaways and a selfie backdrop. At the Community Zone on the north side of the stadium, several community partners will share how they are actively engaged in the fight against cancer: Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Craig Willinger Fund, Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Nueva Vida.


On the field before the match, the Spirit will honor Melissa Kirk as the game’s honorary captain. Additionally, at 12:45 p.m. fans will be instructed to raise their “Kicking Women’s Cancer” signs as the crowd takes a collective moment of silence to honor those fighting a battle with cancer. Just outside of the stadium, Sandlot Bar will open for fans prior to the match as well.


The concourse will be lively again this Saturday with Crush Funk Band, an energetic and infectious DC-based brass band group, holding down the Spirit Stage prior to the match. ESPN Radio 630 returns to the concourse with a chance to win a custom Washington Spirit jersey.


Also on the concourse, Spiritville returns for another exciting season with EAFC stations, allowing fans to play as their favorite Spirit players. The kid’s zone, where the youngest fans can safely play on a soft play area or enjoy foosball, will also feature face painters.


Make sure you are back to your seats before the start of the second half as the Spirit will be making a special announcement.


After the match, Andi Sullivan will be honored for reaching 100 regular season appearances on April 12 against Houston. One of the Spirit team captains this season, Sullivan becomes just the fourth player to reach 100 appearances with the Spirit, joining Spirit legend Tori Huster and teammates Aubrey Kingsbury and Ashley Hatch.


Tickets Still Available

If you haven’t secured tickets to Saturday’s can’t-miss battle with Gotham FC, check out the $15 ticket + a drink deal. This special ticket package includes one ticket to the match plus your choice of a 12 oz Heineken, Heineken Silver, Topo Chico, Dos Equis Lager, Miller Lite, or water. Fans must pick up these drinks by the 75th minute of the match. But act fast: This deal is only valid until Thursday, April 18.


Additionally, select ticket promotions are available all season long. $5 student tickets, military and first responder tickets through GovX, and four-match mini plans are all on sale. Season ticket memberships are also still available for fans who want the best perks and prices.


Following a surge in demand, field side seating and club level seating have SOLD OUT for the 2024 season. These tickets packages include a premium buffet as well as bottomless beer, wine, and fountain drinks.


Guest Services

Introduced last season for the first time at Audi Field, the Washington Spirit, in partnership with D.C. United, installed a Mamava nursing pod for parents near Guest Services inside Gate A. The private, sanitary space provides comfortable seating and power outlets for pumping equipment. Keyless entry and vacancy alerts are available by downloading the Mamava app.


Fans can communicate with Audi Field officials via text with any questions, concerns or emergencies at the following number: 202-918-3838. All ticketed fans will also receive a post-match survey following each game to allow the club to offer continual improvements on the matchday experience.



Fans are encouraged to use public transportation on matchday, disembarking at either the Navy Yard-Ballpark or Waterfront Metrorail Stations. The Navy Yard Station has more capacity and is located just one stop away on the Green Line from the Anacostia Metrorail Station where parking is also available. Fans can also use the ADA shuttle that runs from Navy Yard Metro to Audi Field starting pregame and running through postgame.


About The Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. and plays at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. The Spirit was founded on November 21, 2012 and are an inaugural member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the premier women’s soccer league in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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