NWSL clubs Washington Spirit, NC Courage to play in 2018 Jefferson Cup Marquee Game
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RICHMOND, VA (Monday, December 4, 2017) – City Stadium is slated to host its first-ever women’s professional game on Saturday, March 17, 2018 when the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Washington Spirit take on Regular Season Champions North Carolina Courage at 7:00 p.m. In partnership with the Richmond Strikers, the match will serve as the marquee game during the weekend’s prestigious Jefferson Cup Girls Weekend, host to more than 5,000 players and 350 participating teams. Following a 72-hour private pre-sale for Season Ticket Holders, general admission tickets for $20 (VIP tickets - $35) will go on sale on Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. at RichmondKickers.com.
“We are thrilled that the Kickers’ new long-term lease for City Stadium now allows the club to attract high profile events year-round,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “The Courage and Spirit rosters are comprised of numerous national team players who have represented their countries on the international stage and this is a fantastic opportunity for the RVA community to see many of the world’s best players right here at City Stadium. We are delighted to collaborate with the Washington Spirit, North Carolina Courage, and Richmond Strikers to bring this world-class match to Richmond.”
As Washington and North Carolina tune up for the 2018 NWSL season, fans in Richmond will have the opportunity to watch some of the best female professional players in the world, including multiple U.S. Women’s National Team members and other international stars, compete at City Stadium.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the NWSL to Richmond’s historic City Stadium,” said Jim Gabarra, Spirit Head Coach and General Manager. “We look forward to hosting such a quality side in the Courage and are sure all that attend will be treated to an entertaining match.”
Washington boasts one of the league’s most exciting young rosters, including 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year Finalist and U.S. international forward Mallory Pugh, and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalists Shelina Zadorksy and Stephanie Labbé. The Courage captured the 2017 NWSL Shield during their first season in North Carolina, led by a talented roster highlighted by NWSL Best XI selections Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis and McCall Zerboni. All players are scheduled to appear.
The exhibition serves as the first time two professional women’s teams will play in Richmond and the first time in 10 years that a women’s match will take place at City Stadium. Previously, City Stadium hosted U.S. Women’s National Team exhibitions against South Korea on November 1, 2008, Iceland on October 8, 2006, and Brazil on September 20, 1998.
Historic City Stadium has been home to the Richmond Kickers, the longest continuously operating professional soccer club in the country, for 23 years. The Kickers were recently awarded a 40-year lease by Richmond City Council, with the terms of the agreement allowing the club to make approximately $20 million in upgrades to the 1920s venue in three phases, over the life of the lease, to revitalize City Stadium for the city, surrounding neighborhood, fans and entire soccer community.