The D.C. Sports Culture

The D.C. Sports Culture

Hey batter batter, swing batter batter! Here in D.C. the residents are avid about their sports teams. I have lived in other big cities around the U.S., but have not seen such an enthusiastic sports culture as I have while in D.C. I typically go on a long run on Saturday mornings, and sometimes I take the metro back home. At that point in the morning, the metro is filled with thousands of people wearing Nationals (baseball), Capitals (hockey), Redskins (football), or D.C. United (soccer) apparel. I get on the train with my running gear, and I typically see one or two people dressed in the opposing team’s apparel. The whole train ride, from the looks of it, seems very awkward for those one or two people who came to D.C. to support their city.


Anyone who lives, or visits D.C. for more than a few days, knows that D.C. is considered a “transplant” city. This means that a large majority of the population of people living in the District are not actually from D.C. originally. So this sparked my curiosity, as it seemed to me that everyone in the city goes to the city sports games. I decided the next time there was a home game, I would try to bring up causal conversation with the person decked out in Capitals apparel sitting next to me on the metro.


I ended up having a great conversation with a guy named Ethan. Ethan moved to D.C. about four years ago from the mid-west (as the majority of D.C. residents do), for work. One of the first weeks at his new work, his boss invited him to a Nationals baseball game. Judging by his boss’s office, his boss is a passionate Nationals fan. Ethan did not have any particular view on the opposing team the Nationals were playing that day, so he decided to wear red and support the Nationals. “It’s not unusual that the people who move to D.C. become D.C. sports fans, we are all from different areas of the U.S., or even the world, and it is a way for co-workers and new friends to bond”. For Ethan, supporting the Nationals was not just a smart career move, but a great social life opportunity. “You know it’s just part of D.C. culture, just like brunch or happy hour, it’s just part of life here”.


Before he got off the metro he gave me some key advice, as an intern, to go to a few sports games and check it out, “D.C. is really a small town community when you are involved, plus you never know who you could be sitting next to at the game”. Ethan’s now shared enthusiasm for the Nationals landed him a better, higher-paying job, just because he started a conversation with the guy sitting next to him in the stadium.




When I got back to TWC that day, I told one of my friends about this amazing metro conversation and she told me her internship supervisor sends her emails when tickets are discounted for sports games. She even attended a baseball game with her supervisor one week. She said, “It really is a relaxing networking environment, because you get to see your superiors in a whole new relaxed form.”


The next email she received from her boss, was for D.C. United tickets, so since we are both avid soccer fans, I decided to go with her and experience D.C. sports culture first-hand. Although I didn’t sit next to a possible future employer, I really can say that D.C. residents do show up and support their teams to the fullest extent! I encourage everyone to go to a sports game themselves, and see the local community in a whole new way, and again, who knows who you could be sitting next to! TWC also posts in the weekly schedule what sports are happening when, so grab your roommates one beautiful fall day and head to the stadium!




Have a great week, and go Redskins!




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