Oct 24, 2023 - Things to Do

Get tickets to join the D.C. Defenders' viral beer snake tradition

DC Defenders fans make a long "snake" out of plastic beer cups

Den of the beer snake. Photo courtesy of D.C. Defenders

A limited number of D.C. Defenders season tickets for Audi Field's "beer snake" sections go live Tuesday at 10am.

Why it matters: The seating area behind the end zone— home of the infamous beer snake — was only available for single games last season, but now fans can snag five-game packages.

Catch up quick: What's a beer snake? Well, if you've been basking under a rock, "12 Pack" is the unofficial mascot of D.C.'s popular XFL football team. Fans create the Serpent o' Suds at every home game by stacking hundreds of emptied beer cups together.

Between the lines: The Defenders realized if you can't beat the beer snake, capitalize on the beer snake. The team welcomed 12 Pack back with some obedience rules and restricted his habitat to sections 136 and 137, which are now eligible for the season passes.

By the numbers: Last season, the Defenders finished with a league-best 9-1 regular season tally. 12 Pack set his own record, stretching to 1,240 cups.

  • ESPN estimates that 12 Pack can grow beyond 60 feet in length and costs over $17,000 thanks to pricey $12 stadium beers

Ticket details: Season ticket memberships are $25 per game for five games, limited to four tickets per person in the sections, and available on a first-come, first-served basis (plus perks like members events and gameday deals).

The bottom line: Better strike fast, the serpent's den is the bessst seat in the houssse.


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