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How to Get Tickets to See Lionel Messi Play Against DC United

Single tickets for DC United's 2024 season go on sale Tuesday—except the March 16 match against Inter Miami. For that, you'll need more commitment.

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Single-match tickets for DC United’s upcoming season go on sale Tuesday—but fans hoping to see Lionel Messi’s first outing in DC won’t be able to buy just that match.

Starting at noon on January 9, fans who registered for presale will be able to purchase tickets to almost all of DC United’s 2024 home contests, except the March 16 match in which Messi’s Inter Miami will be coming to Audi Field. (Pre-registration was still open as of press time.)

While this is Messi’s second season in South Beach, he joined the team too late for last year’s Inter Miami match in the nation’s capital. This year’s game is expected to be a hot ticket, with seats currently only available through season ticket packages or ticket bundles, or on the resale and secondary market, according to a team spokesperson.

The Miami game isn’t the only enticing matchup on DC United’s home slate this season, as it looks to make the postseason for the first time since 2019. The team kicks off its season February 24 at home against the New England Revolution, a playoff team from last season.

DC United fans will also have some bittersweet homecomings to attend this season. On July 3, the team will host FC Cincinnati at Audi Field. Cincinnati, who won the Supporter’s Shield last season as the most successful team in the MLS regular season, is led by reigning MLS MVP Luciano Acosta, who played for DC United from 2017 to 2019.

And, on August 24, forward Paul Arriola will be making his return to DC as a member of FC Dallas. Arriola was a standout on DC United’s offense for five seasons before moving to the Lone Star State prior to the 2022 campaign in a record-breaking $2 million swap.

Didn’t register for DC United’s presale? Single tickets for home games, except Inter Miami, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 10.

Arya Hodjat
Editorial Fellow