Friday, May 2, 2008

DC Sports City: Now Including.....Tennis?

Penn Quarter has been buzzing this year, in large part due to sports. The Capitals and Wizards have extended their stay at the Verizon Center by qualifying for the playoffs. Nationals Park has made the already hectic transfers at the Gallery Place Metro station that much more crazy. DC United has chipped in a few nights as well turning our little District into a hot spot for sports fans of all stripes.

Now, add another team to the mix. The Kastles. The Washington Kastles are part of the World Team Tennis league. We'll have Serena Williams on our team! The league feature world tennis stars spread out over 11 teams. Incidentally, there is a team called the Capitals, but they're from Sacramento. World Team Tennis has been around since the 1970s, but has flown under the radar for casual sports fans. I mean, have you heard of it? I hadn't.

The Washington Kastles "stadium" will be near Penn Quarter! It's being erected on the Old Convention Center site at 11th and H Sts NW. Check the rendering above. The stadium will seat just over 2,000. Obviously it has to be temporary because that land is scheduled to be developed over the next 10-15 years with more office space, residential units and public open space. The tournament style matches will all occur in July, with seven matches in DC. As of right now, only season tickets and ticket plans are for sale. Among others, we'll be visited by the New York team (with John McEnroe) and St Louis (Anna Kournikova). I'll definitely try to make a match or two if the single match tix are affordable. I imagine a match will cost about $30.00.

On to more urgent matters... GO WIZARDS! Good luck in Game Six! I'm taking the 42 bus to the game and will be cheering you guys on!