Announcing Kastles Stadium at Union Market
Being a Kastles fan just got a whole lot cooler!
Over the past eleven years, the Kastles have created some remarkable stadiums in iconic locations around DC, but today the team announced the best one yet!
Beginning this summer, the six-time WTT champion Washington Kastles will play in a specially-constructed stadium on the roof of Union Market, the large gourmet food hall that has become one of the hottest and coolest spots in the city, located in the vibrant NoMa neighborhood and minutes from the heart of downtown.
"Kastles Stadium at Union Market" will be a tennis venue unlike any other in the world, featuring spectacular views of the Capitol Dome, just blocks away, and a panorama of the DC skyline unmatched on the DC sports scene.
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"We are always thinking about how we can elevate the fan experience," said Kastles owner Mark Ein, "and we know many of our fans missed the summer outdoor environment that we had for our first six seasons. We looked all over the city for a place that would be spectacular and a neighborhood that would help create unforgettable summer evenings."
The Kastles found it at Union Market, a Washington institution with a 148-year history. Its origins date back to the old Centre Market, named after its central location near the White House. The Market relocated to its current home in 1931 and houses a number of gourmet vendors offering an array of culinary delights. In fact, Bon Appetit Magazine called Union Market one of the five best food halls in the United States. The surrounding area is also a culinary destination for many of the best and hippest new restaurants in the city, many of whom will be featured at the matches as concessionaires.
The arrival of Kastles Stadium will be a marquee moment for the Union Market District and will be the first event to happen on this truly unique rooftop location.
"As Councilmember for Ward 5, I am excited to welcome the Washington Kastles to their new stadium atop Union Market," said Councilmember of Ward 5 Kenyan McDuffie. "The fans who attend games in this stunning new venue will experience the extensive and growing assortment of offerings at Union Market, and those residents who live nearby will enjoy the addition of this unique outdoor recreation and entertainment space."
"As a Washingtonian who loves this city," added Ein. "I am dedicated to bringing our community together and showcasing DC as a world-class destination through the power of sports. From its roots as Centre Market, a fresh food venue established more than 200 years ago, Union Market has become a great unifier for our community. Kastles Stadium at Union Market will be the perfect home court for our franchise and will connect people from all walks of life throughout the region. We look forward to making memories here for many seasons to come, and are grateful to partner with a visionary like Jodie McLean and the EDENS team to provide fans with an unmatched sports and entertainment experience."
Union Market District has been one of DC's most iconic destinations for generations. Since the Market's re-opening in 2012, over 5 million people annually visit the District.
EDENS, the owner and developer of Union Market, has proposed plans in front of Zoning Commission to activate the existing rooftop of the Union Market building - with the iconic Union Market sign as a backdrop - to create an 8,000 square foot park and entertainment venue with food and beverage offerings and a wide-array of community programming.
"EDENS is committed to creative thinking and bold actions that we hope contribute to the evolution of DC as a world-class city. Bringing elite athletes to an innovative pop-up stadium and working with city thought leaders like Mark Ein, Councilmember McDuffie and Mayor Bowser is a privilege," said EDENS CEO Jodie McLean. "We are honored to play our part in creating a community that reaches not only our immediate neighbors, but much further providing connections and experiences that enrich those who spend time here. Our financial and emotional investments in the Union Market District are aimed at building a community of creativity, innovation and inclusion for all."
In addition to the incredible location, the stadium itself will be the Kastles' most intimate yet. Given the size of the Union Market roof, only 700 fans a night will be able to experience the magic of Kastles tennis. Though this number is a small fraction of the average crowds the team has been able to accommodate in the past, it will make the experience that much more special for those in attendance with the same high-energy atmosphere your Kastles are famous for. It will also certainly make Kastles matches the hottest ticket of the summer!
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"The new Kastles Stadium will place fans in the center of the action while showcasing the beauty of the DC skyline, making it one of the most spectacular and iconic sporting venues the city has ever seen," said Ein. "Coming off our previous stadiums that often hosted sold-out crowds with capacities ranging from 2,200 to 3,500 seats, Kastles matches in our new, smaller venue will undoubtedly be the hottest ticket of the summer."
The Kastles recorded two perfect seasons and set the longest winning streak in pro sports history and lost only one match ever at the remarkable Kastles Stadium at the Wharf. (Photo: Jack Gorman)
The new Kastles Stadium will continue to feature a combination of unique premium-seating options, including VIP Dinner Tables, Premier Courtside Boxes, Baseline Experience, and Sideline Experience seats, along with more affordable options, so that everyone can enjoy the Kastles experience. A sponsor reception area will be available just off of the court for private events and meet-and-greets with players. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy direct access to Dock 5 for exclusive pre-match hospitality offerings.
"Kastles Stadium at Union Market" is easily accessible from around the DMV and features ample free parking on site and nearby. Additionally, the NoMa/Galludet Metro station is just a few blocks away and Metrobus, Capital Bikeshare, and rideshare transportation are also easy options.
The Kastles won their sixth and record fifth in a row WTT title indoors at the Kastles Stadium at the GW Smith Center. (Photo: Jack Gorman)
The Kastles will christen their new home on Monday, July 15, when they take on the Las Vegas Rollers in their opening match of the season.
The Kastles' 2019 lineup will be a star-studded one, featuring 23-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, Australian phenom and former world #13 Nick Kyrgios, and College Park prodigy and 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe. The roster also includes an extraordinary combination of rising stars and established champions from around the world, including top-10 doubles star and five-time Grand Slam champion Bruno Soares of Brazil, rising Japanese star Yoshihito Nishioka, and two Ukrainians, 2017 US Open Junior Champion Marta Kostyuk and doubles standout Lyudmyla Kichenok. Murphy Jensen will also return for his 11th season as head coach.
With only 700 seats, Kastles matches will all sell out fast. At the moment, you can only purchase season tickets, so visit washingtonkastles.com or call 202-4-TENNIS (483-6647) for the best way to secure your place in this unforgettable Stadium.
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