Professional rugby team Old Glory DC will call Loudoun’s Segra Field home, starting in 2021.
Segra Field, which is located at Phillip A. Bolen Park in Leesburg, will offer Old Glory’s fans the best possible presentation of the sport of rugby, from the properly dimensioned, top-quality turf field, to the clear sightlines, comfortable seating, and festival-like matchday experience that Old Glory fans have come to expect, with tailgating, a beer garden, and kids’ play zone.
“As we introduce new fans in our area to rugby, it is so important that we present the game in its pure form and in a truly professional venue that allows for our family-friendly, fan-first match day style,” said Old Glory Chairman, Chris Dunlavey. “Segra Field is simply beautiful. Our players and coaches are already in love with the field and support facilities, and it is only a matter of time until our supporters feel the same way about the venue and its surroundings.”
This is another big sporting win for Loudoun County, which is already home to United Soccer League team Loudoun United FC, the headquarters and practice facility for Major League Soccer team D.C. United, and also hosts home games for National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit.
“From the beginning, we envisioned Segra Field as a premier destination for sports and entertainment in the D.C. region,” said Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee. “The addition of Old Glory Rugby Team brings another top-level sports franchise to Loudoun County and is a win-win for the organization and for the County.
“I appreciate all the hard work of our Economic Development team, our partners in the D.C. United organization, and Old Glory Rugby to make this happen and I look forward to the 2021 season and a full slate of soccer, rugby and other events at Segra Field.”
Old Glory’s head coach Andrew Douglas notes that the move to Segra Field will not only elevate the fan experience, but also will enhance the gameplay itself.
“It is great to have Segra Field confirmed as our home venue for the 2021 season,” said Douglas. “It is a beautiful turf pitch, and having 5,000 fans right alongside the touchline will create a great atmosphere. To have a pitch that allows us to play a wide, expansive game is exciting for players and fans and not having football markings on the field will make it easier for everyone to follow play. We’re looking forward to working alongside D.C. United and we are certainly looking forward to the 2021 season.”
The agreement was finalized with the help of D.C. United, which operates the county-owned stadium at Segra Field.
“Our vision, in partnership with the Economic Development team of Loudoun County, for Segra Field, is to create a community hub, a place for families and friends to gather and create lifelong memories together while enjoying a diverse set of sporting and entertainment events,” said Jason Levien, Co-Chairman and CEO of D.C. United. “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome our professional rugby team, Old Glory, to our home in Leesburg, joining the Washington Spirit and Loudoun United FC.”
This is another win for Loudoun County, which financed the construction of Segra Field and will be paid back by the teams that use it. Major League Rugby typically has a 16-game season, which means an extra eight home games for Loudoun and the region’s sports fans.
“We are very pleased to welcome Old Glory DC to the Loudoun business community and introduce them to local fans. As we build a diverse economy in Loudoun County, we recognize the need for world-class entertainment and amenities, and we see rugby as a tremendous draw, particularly within our international community,” Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer explained. “We’re excited to continue working with D.C. United to execute the Board of Supervisor’s vision for Segra Field.”
Old Glory is eager to become part of the Leesburg and Loudoun County communities, both to introduce its current fan base to the area and to become a part of the neighborhood fabric.
“We understand this will be a longer drive for some, especially Marylanders like myself,” said Old Glory Owner Paul Sheehy. “It was a difficult decision to leave the wonderful experience Old Glory fans have enjoyed for two seasons at Cardinal Stadium. The question is – is the drive worth it? We believe that answer is yes. With 5,000 seats tailgating areas, endless additional fields, metro close by and a legitimate rugby pitch for our players welfare and for coach Douglas’s expansive style, OG fans will now have one of the premier venues in MLR. We deserve this!”
Old Glory and D.C. United are working together to ensure all of the 2021 events held at Segra Field for the rugby club are each a model of public safety and responsible health policy. Loudoun United has already successfully hosted competitive USL matches with limited attendance and social distancing protocol in collaboration with local government policies during 2020, and Old Glory has already begun to host socially distanced academy combines and training at Segra.
To celebrate the new home of Old Glory, the club invites all of its current fans, new neighbors, and other curiosity-seekers to Segra Field for a stadium Open House on Sunday, November 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore all of the different seating opportunities available at our new state-of-the-art facility, scout seats, and learn about the game and its rich culture before we kick-off our first full season at our new home. For more information: www.oldglorydc.com.