Division Overview


From concerts and festivals to sporting events and galas, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) is involved in every aspect of sports and entertainment in the nation’s capital.

Amidst Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks and world-renowned attractions, the WCSA Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division brings world-class sports, entertainment, cultural and hospitality events to the District while promoting the metropolitan region as a premier destination.

Throughout the year, the Authority is actively involved in the planning and support of some of the city’s most anticipated events, attracting thousands of attendees to locations around the city. As varied and diverse as the city itself, these events bring economic impact to our nation’s capital while offering affordable athletic, entertainment and cultural experiences for District residents and visitors alike.

Premier sporting events on our properties include Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, the SunTrust National Marathon and the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at RFK Memorial Stadium. Nationals Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals while the DC Armory hosts the DC Rollergirls. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center also gets in the game, hosting the Washington Capitals Convention, the Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and the Capital Hill Volleyball Classic. On the entertainment scene, the DC101 Chili Cook-off and ShamrockFest hosted on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds have become can’t miss events on the D.C. calendar.

The Authority supports citywide events such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the DC Jazz Festival’s “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” program, as well as the Washington International Horse Show and D.C.’s newest sporting sensation, the Washington Kastles. The Authority also sponsors well-regarded endurance events such as the Capital Criterium pro cycling race and the Nation’s Triathlon.

Our capabilities are not limited to hosting big events. The Authority hosts scores of smaller scale events in our venues including galas, meetings, trade shows and private events of all sizes.

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