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Christine Kim, a 21-year-old student from Silver Spring, wants to go to more sporting events without spending her whole savings or being relegated to seats in the rafters.

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"Our owners direct us to make sure we've got packages and ticket prices that make it affordable for families," says Washington Wizards Senior Vice President Mark Schiponi. "Every game there are tickets available for $11."

Admittedly, those $11 tickets are pretty high up at Verizon Center, and they do sell out quickly, but the key to finding other deals is just paying attention, Schiponi says. Like all the teams in town, the Wizards frequently offer discounts: Every Wednesday is college night, for example, when tickets are $10 with a college ID. On Sundays, kids get in for $5 when they come with an adult who paid full price.

The average ticket to a D.C. United game, meanwhile, costs $22. And that's just the average. They're often much cheaper than that. "We're in the business of growing fans, and we want to attract fans to come out for one game," spokesman Doug Hicks says. "We're firm believers that once somebody comes out to one game, they'll want to come back again and again."

The best way to find out about D.C. United deals, and that of most teams, is through team Web sites, or online newsletters. That's where Kim could learn that every Thursday is student rush night for the Washington Capitals, allowing students the chance to nab tickets for as little as $15. Or that the Washington Mystics are selling six-packs of tickets starting at $92.

She might also want to sign up for the online newsletter from Goldstar.com, which regularly offers discount tickets to games and cultural events.

-- Ellen McCarthy

For more information on ticket deals, visit the teams' Web sites. Washington Capitals: http://capitals.nhl.com. Washington Nationals (season begins in April): http://washington.nationals.mlb.com. D.C. United (first home game March 28): http://dcunited.mlsnet.com. Washington Mystics (season starts June 6): http://www.wnba.com/mystics. Washington Wizards: http://www.nba.com/wizards.


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