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2019 Women's World Cup: Best bars to watch soccer in Washington, D.C.

2019 Women's World Cup: Best bars to watch soccer in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 Women's World Cup kicks off in France on Friday, June 7! Looking for a spot in Washington, D.C. to cheer on Team USA as they go for their second straight championship?

Don't fret, we've got you covered with this list of the best places in D.C. to watch the Women's World Cup! 

Mackey's Public House (1306 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005)

The official bar of American Outlaws D.C., the local chapter of the U.S. national soccer teams, Mackey's will be hosting viewing parties for every USWNT World Cup match. And there are drink specials galore: during the USWNT's opening game against Thailand on June 11, you can get $18 pitchers of Miller Lite, $18 buckets of PBR, and $6.50 cans of Oskar Blues. 

Fado's Irish Pub (808 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Dubbing itself "Team USA Headquarters" for the 2019 Women's World Cup, Fado's will be showing every USWNT match, with specials on Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra buckets. 

The Queen Vic (1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002)

As the name implies, The Queen Vic is partial to Team England as well as Team USA. The bar will be showing all England and USWNT World Cup matches, with Heinekens available for $5. 

The Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037)

The Fairmont is transforming itself into "Soccer Central" for the 2019 Women's World Cup, broadcasting every game in the hotel's Loggia and lobby. Additionally, there will be an International menu of snacks from Brazil, England, Germany, Spain, France, and the USA, all available for $9 each.  

The Airedale (3605 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010)

According to the Airedale's website, "We will be open for every game, even the early ones," and will offer food and drink deals during every match. 

National Harbor (165 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745)

If you're looking an outdoor viewing spot, try chilling out on the water at National Harbor! Several World Cup matches will be broadcast on the National Harbor Plaza's HD jumbo screen. Per National Harbor's website, each screening will include "VIP stadium seating in the new District Stadium, a converted cargo crate complete with led lighting, ceiling fans, shaded seating, and beverage service; plus food and beverage specials, Embassy events, skills clinics and player meet + greets with Washington Spirit players and special games and meet ups with the DC Fray."

Embassy Viewing Parties

Are you an England supporter searching for a great spot to cheer on the Three Lionesses? In addition to The Queen Vic, the UK embassy is hosting a watch party for England's opening match against Scotland at Wunder Garten (1101 First Street Northeast, Washington, District of Columbia 20002) on Sunday, June 9. There will be both English and Scottish beers on tap, plus halftime giveaways. 

Cheering on France? The French embassy is holding a viewing party at La Maison Française (4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C., 20007) for the opening match against South Korea on Friday, June 7. Doors open at 2 p.m., and all attendees must register for a free ticket here.

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.

 

2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.

 

3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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