September 14, 2012 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Washington Kastles
The scenic Family Circle Tennis Center will host WTT Finals Weekend for the second straight year.
The WTT Playoffs in Charleston are upon us and it's still not too late to see Venus Williams, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds and Anastasia & Arina Rodionova play for Washington's third World TeamTennis championship since 2009.
Tickets remain available to see the Kastles put their historic 30-match winning streak on the line this weekend, and a handful of flight and hotel options are detailed below to help you get from DC to SC in no time.
If you can't make the trip south, you can catch the Eastern Conference Championship Match between Washington and New York via live streaming Saturday at 6:30 pm on WashingtonKastles.com. The winner of that match will advance to the WTT Finals on Sunday at 3:30 pm, which will be broadcasted live nationwide on NBC Sports Network.
NBC Sports Network is available on all major cable and satellite providers in the Greater Washington area, with channels on DIRECTV (603), DISH Network (159), Verizon Fios (90 / 590), Comcast (226 / 848) and RCN (382 / 691). Please click here to find out what channel NBC Sports Network is on your television.
The Kastles have reserved two blocks of the best seats to all three matches during WTT Finals Weekend. The seats cost $50 each and are located close to the court and behind both baselines.
If you'd like to sit in these rowdy sections with your fellow 'Kastles Krazies,' then visit the Family Circle Cup box office or call them at 1-800-677-2293. Be sure to identify yourself as a Kastles fan in order to obtain seats in the Kastles-only sections.
If you'd like to purchase separate seats for a lower price, they are available in a different location of the stadium with general admission. Those tickets start at just $35 per match and can be ordered online by clicking the links below.
MATCH DATE and TIME TICKET LINKS
Breakers vs. Capitals Fri. 9/14 at 6:30 pm Tickets
Kastles vs. Sportimes Sat. 9/15 at 6:30 pm Tickets
WTT Championship Sun. 9/16 at 3:30 pm Tickets
Charleston has a wide range of great hotels throughout the region. The following is just a sample of area hotels that offer rooms on a night-by-night basis and are within short driving distance to and from the Family Circle Tennis Center.
HOTEL PHONE DISTANCE
Courtyard North Charleston 843-747-9122 9.0 miles
Sheraton Charleston Airport 843-747-1900 9.0 miles
Hampton Inn Charleston 843-881-3300 9.3 miles
Fairfield Inn & Suites 843-300-3100 10.1 miles
DoubleTree Historic District 843-577-2644 13.4 miles
Charleston Marriott 843-723-3000 14.3 miles
SpringHill Suites Downtown 843-571-1711 15.3 miles
La Quinta Inn & Suites 843-556-5200 15.4 miles
Direct flights to Charleston International Airport are available from all three DC-area airports starting at $481 round trip. Major savings are available on round-trip flights with one stop, which can be found for as little as $268.
Below, you will find a comprehensive list of flights bound for WTT Finals Weekend, including links to the official websites of the five airlines that fly into Charleston International Airport.
If you're thinking about driving, the distance from Downtown DC to Charleston is 535 miles and the trip by vehicle lasts about 8 hours and 45 minutes. We know of many cars and vans full of Kastles fans that are Charleston-bound.
ROUTE STOPS AIRLINE
BWI-CHS 0 Southwest
BWI-CHS 1 Delta
BWI-CHS 1 United
BWI-CHS 1 US Airways
DCA-CHS 0 US Airways
DCA-CHS 1 American
DCA-CHS 1 Delta
DCA-CHS 1 United
IAD-CHS 0 United
IAD-CHS 1 American
IAD-CHS 1 Delta
IAD-CHS 1 Southwest
IAD-CHS 1 US Airways
BWI: Baltimore/Washington International Airport
DCA: Reagan National Airport
IAD: Dulles International Airport
CHS: Charleston International Airport
The Kastles have organized a series of fun fan events in Charleston before and after the Eastern Conference Championship match on Saturday.
You'll want to arrive early to the Family Circle Tennis Center because from 3-6 pm the Kastles have reserved four hard courts on site for fans of the team who want to get in a hit before the match. Bring your racquets, mingle with other fans and do your best Venus Williams or Leander Paes impression.
At 4:30 pm next to Family Circle Stadium, the Kastles are hosting a pre-match tailgate where fans can enjoy music and food for purchase in the lead-up to the big match. The tailgate will take place directly to the left of the main entrance to the grounds, with signs posted to assist you.
'Refuse to Lose' placards will be distributed at the tailgate and Kastles players will stop by to thank everyone for coming and get 'Kastles Nation' fired up!
Fans will also have the opportunity to watch the Kastles practice inside Family Circle Stadium twice on Saturday: from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Enjoy an inside look at the team before they play the Sportimes!
Then, after Washington and New York do battle, join Kastles players for an after-party just up the road from the Family Circle Tennis Center at Vespa Pizzeria (224 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492).
Coach Jensen and the Kastles celebrated their 2011 WTT Championship at Vespa Pizzeria, which is a favorite hot spot for locals and athletes alike. Vespa offers great pizza, pasta and salads using traditional cooking methods and only the freshest ingredients, and with drink specials solely for Kastles fans, it will be the place to be on Saturday night.
It is going to be a memorable and fun-filled weekend. Charleston is spectacular in September as the summer draws to an end, featuring delicious food and five beautiful beach towns. To learn about all of the fun things to do and see in Charleston, please visit CharlestonCVB.com.
The Washington Kastles hope to lift the King Trophy for a third time Sunday evening in Charleston, S.C.
Kastles Return to DC Before Beginning Playoff Push
Team Honored at SneakerBall, Enjoys Send-Off Party with Fans
The Kastles received the Team Performance Award after being introduced by NBC4's Dan Hellie.
Before embarking on WTT Finals Weekend in Charleston, S.C., several members of the Washington Kastles returned to DC for a series of special events in the community that has come to embrace them.
Leander Paes led the Kastles contingent less than a week after competing in the US Open men's doubles final.
He was joined by Anastasia & Arina Rodionova, Coach Murphy Jensen and Owner Mark Ein for practices at Kastles Stadium, the annual SneakerBall gala and a send-off party exclusive to Kastles season-ticket holders.
Following a series of print media and television interviews on Tuesday, the Kastles put on their sharpest suits and sneakers and headed downtown to the National Building Museum for SneakerBall IX.