As you well know, Washington Kastles season is fast approaching, and D.C.’s pro tennis team (and most recent champions) (who are very aggressive at reaching out to local bloggers) have a new venue this time around.
Kastles Stadium at The Wharf is in Southwest, and the team is set to announce that there will be limited boat parking at Gangplank Marina.
This makes The Kastle the first tennis facility in the U.S. with boat-up parking, and the first pro sports venue in D.C. with boat-up parking. And it’s free for season-ticket holders, which might cause a gagging reflex in other local ownership suites. The boating lot is actually closer to the Kastle than the parking lot — literally steps from gangplank to bleachers!
“We’re very excited about offering this,” a team spokesman wrote me. “Next we’re looking at putting in a landing area for parasailing, which will also be free.”
Not sure if that last part was true.
“The new Kastles Stadium at The Wharf will offer our fans a spectacular experience this summer, including one of the most innovative ways to get to a tennis match, by boat,” team owner Mark Ein said in a statement. “While most fans will use one of the many other convenient ways to get to our matches, we are excited to offer complimentary boat parking for our season ticketholders so they might take advantage of this unique way to spend a great summer evening in the heart of our Nation’s Capital.”
You can also walk to The Kastle from the Waterfront-SEU and L’Enfant Plaza Metro stations. Season-ticket holders can reserve boat spots at Gangplank.com on a first-come first-served basis. And yes, I just essentially reprinted a press release, but the photos of Topspin made me feel ok about that.