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The Mystics Are Hosting a Game 5 Watch Party Tonight

The Washington Mystics are one win away from their first WNBA title.

Credit: NBAE/Ned Dishman (courtesy of Mystics)

Brace yourself, DC sports fans—we’ve got another Game 5 less than 24 hours after the Nationals’ NLDS thriller.

The Washington Mystics are back at the Entertainment and Sports Arena for a do-or-die match against the Connecticut Sun. If they win it, they’ll secure the franchise’s first WNBA title. If they don’t win—well, Washington sports fans are well-acquainted with Game 5 heartbreak.

With a smattering of resale tickets available starting at $144, it might be hard to secure last-minute seats at the game. Not to worry—Events DC is hosting an official Game 5 viewing party at Gateway DC Pavilion (2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE). The event is free to the public, but you can RSVP for it here.

Starting at 6 PM, fans can put down a lawn chair or blanket and stake out prime real estate in front of the viewing screen. The watch party will have a live DJ and food from the Player’s Lounge, a Congress Heights eatery. If you’re bringing the kids along, they can try out the Monumental Sports pop-a-shot station or hang out with Mystics mascot Pax the Panda. Tip-off is at 8 PM.

To get to the watch party, fans can take the Metro to Congress Heights on the Green Line or drive to the pavilion, which has on-site paid parking. If the game exceeds the regular Metro operation hours, the trains will continue running for 20 minutes after the end of the game.

Following a wild Game 4 where the Mystics nearly overcame a 16-point halftime deficit, the title game against the Sun is sure to bring the excitement. On a scale of one to Kristi Toliver, how confident are you that the Mystics can run it back to win the WNBA title?

RSVP for the watch party at

Editorial Fellow

Madeline Rundlett is an editorial fellow for Washingtonian. She previously covered All-Met sports for the Washington Post and was an editorial intern at The Hill. Madeline graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in Political Communication in 2019.