Old Glory DC have been announced as the professional team to be based in the Washington DC area. Old Glory will join the MLR in the 2020 season joining the New England Free Jacks and a team based in Atlanta which has yet to be announced, bringing the league up to 12 competing teams.
DC is also no stranger to professional rugby having hosted the Wales Vs. South Africa game back in 2018. Attendance was not as high as they would have wanted with 21, 000 turning up for the game. The promotion of the game was possibly not as intensive as it needed to be in order to draw a larger crowd, but no doubt this will be deemed as lesson from which Old Glory DC ownership can learn from.
So it begin – the legend of Old Glory Rugby. Today, we establish our identity and begin to build your team and it’s legacy. pic.twitter.com/HrrCGZmSHD— Old Glory DC (@OldGloryDC) February 6, 2019
Ownership is actively searching for an appropriate venue in time for the 2020 season with the long term goal of having a purpose built stadium to call a home after a couple of seasons.
Old Glory will have a wide catchment area in which to recruit players including the wider Philadelphia area which has a rich rugby history. Trials will be held in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Columbus and in the District area this March.