At long last! After many months of searching high and low to find the right venue, we are delighted to announce our tailgate location for the 2018 D.C. United season: The Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center! This fantastic spot, just two blocks from Audi Field, is run by the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC). The ECC is a nonprofit youth development and environmental service organization that has been part of our new neighborhood for over 26 years, and we are thrilled to be working with them. For more about the ECC, check out our website.
A rotating selection of beers and cider will be available, and for those who don't drink alcohol, water and soda will be on hand. Current SE members drink for free.
Non-SE members are also welcome to enjoy our beverages with the purchase of a tailgate pass. In a departure from our previous Lot 8 tradition, the Screaming Eagles will no longer be preparing our own food.
However, food trucks will be present to make sure you don't go hungry, and you're always welcome to bring your own tailgate setup. Plus, you might want to save some space to sample the offerings Chef Jose Andres and his team are cooking up for Audi Field!
Parking is not available at the Henson Center, but it is easy walking distance from two metro stops: Waterfront-SEU and Navy Yard. It is also accessible via bus (#74). The address is 2000 Half Street SW.
The Henson Center is a terrific venue, one we believe will offer our members the festive and friendly tailgate atmosphere the Screaming Eagles are known for. Large indoor spaces, as well as outdoor decks and walkways, provide beautiful views of the Anacostia River. A grassy area in front provides plenty of space for outdoor activities.
Best of all, the Henson Center is home to beautiful, amazing birds of prey, and SE members can visit them! Want to meet an owl or an osprey? Now's your chance (under the supervision of the ECC staff, of course).
Screaming Eagles tailgates are open to all D.C. United fans, regardless of membership status. We're excited to provide a pre-game venue for all fans to enjoy. Even if you're not an SE member, you're welcome to join the party! However, we hope you'll consider purchasing a membership, as having a current SE membership does confer a number of benefits, and the more, the merrier! If you're interested in helping out at our tailgates, you can contact us via Facebook, or via email at email@example.com
We'll see you July 14th!