This might be filed under strange bedfellows, but last Friday pro-soccer club D.C. United held its first “Swipe Right Night,” bringing the world of Tinder to professional soccer.
In other words, helping those pro-soccer fans hopefully find someone to take home to their lonesome D.C. pad.
As the Washington Post reported, the event included the “Tinder District,” a pre-game party zone that included a band, drinking games like beer pong and an open bar.
Additionally, anyone who “swiped right” during the match was entered into a contest to win “an ultimate behind-the-scenes experience at a United upcoming training session.”
“The soccer fans are here; we just want to meet them,” Lindsay Simpson, the club’s director of digital media told WaPo. “If you want to make another match with a single, that’s great, but we really want you to match with us.”
Washington, D.C., has one of the youngest, most active and difficult dating scenes in the United States — WaPo reports that 70 percent of the city’s population is single — so it makes sense that the soccer club would take the Tinder approach to fire up its fans.
A few of the team’s members are actually on Tinder themselves (if you swipe carefully and pay attention, you’ll find a few of Seattle’s elite on Tinder as well). D.C. United was following in the Atlanta Hawks’ footsteps by hosting the Tinder night, according to WaPo.
Will Tinder come to Seattle pro sports? We’ll have to wait and see.
Watch D.C. United’s video of Steve Birnbaum and Chris Pontius talking about dating in D.C. (Hint: they’ve got some good tips, like don’t order foie gras):