Ready to Cheer

Get a true taste of the nation's sporting spirit by spending the day at one of these fan-favourite athletic events.

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Camden Yards is the home to the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team (Photo courtesy Visit Baltimore)
Richmond International Raceway (Photo courtesy Richmond Region Tourism)
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Virginia Beach hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships (Photo courtesy Visit Virginia Beach)
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The Verizon Center is home to the Washington Wizards basketball team.
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Run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, the Preakness Stakes is the second leg in the Triple Crown.
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Major League Baseball

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles — the Capital Region’s Major League Baseball teams — both take the field at stadiums in scenic neighbourhoods where soaking in the sunshine with a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other is a quintessential American pastime. You can also catch a game from several Minor-League teams throughout the region including Richmond, Virginia’s Flying Squirrels and the Potomac Nationals. Season: April–October

National Football League

The country’s most intense fan bases emerge each fall for America’s version of football. You’ll catch the fever, too, when you experience the hard hits, miraculous diving catches and endzone celebrations of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. Season: September–January

East Coast Surfing Championships

Pro surfing’s second oldest, continuously run competition has made its home on the big waves of Virginia Beach for more than 50 years. Each August, lovers of sun and sand celebrate the surf with riding the waves, concerts, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, a swimsuit contest and much more.

National Hockey League 

The Washington Capitals play home games at the Verizon Center in downtown DC. In 2016, the Caps had their best regular season yet and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the eighth time in nine years. The coming season promises more on-ice excitement on the heels of such an amazing year. Season: October–April

Preakness Stakes

Held each May at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, this thoroughbred horse race is the second leg in the Triple Crown, three sought-after competitions for elite colts and fillies (the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes are the others). Don a jaunty hat and be sure to sip a Black-Eyed Susan, the event’s official cocktail, for a day at the races.

CITI Open Tennis Tournament

This hardcourt tournament is held in DC’s Rock Creek Park, a spectacular, 2,000-acre natural sanctuary right in the city. The men’s and women’s pro tour stop brings the world’s best players to town each July/August for eight days of world-class tennis.

National Basketball Association

There’s just one place in the Capital Region to see the flamboyant dunks, gravity-defying alley-oops and long-range hoops of the NBA. The Washington Wizards put on their spectacular show at the Verizon Center in DC. Season: October–April

NASCAR

Head to Virginia and feed your need for speed with the intense drama of stock-car racing at Richmond International Raceway’s day and night races, Martinsville Speedway’s paper-clip-shaped raceway in the mountains of Ridgeway and the massive Bristol Motor Speedway.

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