Washington Spirit to Host Salute to Service Night against Angel City FC

Washington Spirit  |   May 13, 2024
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Spirit honors military personnel and first responders in return to Audi Field, while offering $38 Value Pack and unique pre-match festivities for the can’t-miss match


Washington, D.C. (05/13/2024) – Saturday night is Salute to Service Night, recognizing all military personnel and first responders as the Washington Spirit plays host to Angel City FC in a star-studded East Coast vs. West Coast showdown.

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.

Though, the party starts before the game begins as the Spirit will partner with two Spirit Bar Network Partners in  Navy Yard – Dacha Beer Garden and Solace – to offer truly memorable and high-energy pre-game festivities. Fans will be able to show their matchday ticket to “Spin the Wheel” at Dacha for prizes, where the mood will be set by DJ Fili. At Solace, fans will have an opportunity to “Enter to Win” premium prize giveaways.

Additionally, just outside of Audi Field, Sandlot Bar will open for fans. This converted shipping container bar and event space has been serving up drinks and energy in locations around the DMV since 2018, when it debuted as an activation idea for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Upon entry to Audi Field, fans will receive a special game program. Recently expanded, this program will feature a story about Croix Bethune and Hal Hershfelt’s military upbringing, a spotlight on a special first responder and Spirit Supporter, as well as a Mother’s Day story.

On the Spirit Stage at Gate A, the United States Air Force Band will perform as fans enter the concourse. In the community corner, fans can learn more about several organizations including the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs, Travis Manion Foundation, and more. Finally, Spiritville returns with EAFC stations, kid’s play zone, PK meet-and-greet, and face painters.

Fans should keep their eyes on the jumbotron before the match as Tara McKeown will speak with Spirit in-game host, Haiya Koffler, about her family ties to the military and much more. And just before kickoff, the Spirit will honor an active-duty service member from Joint Base Andrews as the honorary captain.

Leading up to the match, fans are encouraged to share their photos and stories of the heroes in their lives and tag the Washington Spirit on X and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the video board at Audi Field.


Tickets Still Available

As part of Salute to Service, the Spirit is offering a buy one ticket, get one free deal through GovX for military servicemembers, first responders, medical workers, and public school teachers. Alternatively, fans can purchase the new $38 Value Pack which includes two tickets, two hot dogs, two waters, and two chips for only $38.

Additionally, $5 student tickets and four-match mini plans, and season memberships are all still available!


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.



Parking will be made available for guests at the GEICO Parking Garage on 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C, 20003. The garage will open at 5:30 p.m. and will close approximately one hour after the event. There will be 600 spaces available on a first come, first serve basis and will cost guests $50. No tailgating will be allowed, and only credit/debit is accepted.

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 XInstagram and Facebook.

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