The District’s soccer team is trying to integrate into the Capitol Hill scene.
D.C. United will host its inaugural Capitol Hill Night on Saturday at 7 p.m. D.C. residents living in the 20002 and 20003 zip codes receive discounted sideline tickets and the event also includes local vendors and a pre-game tailgate at RFK Stadium. D.C. United’s Vice-Captain John Thorrington said the event is a cool new initiative for the team.
“It’s a really cool city, and it hasn’t disappointed,” said Thorrington, who played in England, Germany, Chicago and Vancouver before joining the black and red this year. “The people, the monuments and the history are all great. I really appreciate how accessible everything is; you can hop on a bike and be at all the monuments and museums in 10 to 15 minutes.”
D.C. United faces Toronto FC. Despite the team’s struggles this year, Thorrington said the team is playing for the future and this event will help boost fan support, especially as the team builds a new stadium.
“I live on Capitol Hill, and it really has a neighborhood feel,” Thorrington said. “I have been to pretty much every stadium and the location of the stadium is very important, particularly in D.C., and the fact that the new stadium will remain in the city is great.”
Thorrington also hit the streets to promote the event. Check out the team’s video below: