Brighton & Hove Albion attended the first-ever NBC Sports Premier League Mornings Live fan event in Washington DC over the weekend, as well as visiting the city’s sports teams and schools with the club’s mascot Gully.
The Premier League held their Premier League Mornings fan event in the city on Saturday, with all of the day’s top-flight matches being shown across the venue and NBC Sports broadcasting live from the event.
A selection of Seagulls supporters based in America joined the club’s representatives to watch the side’s game with Manchester City on the big screen in the featured game.
Albion visited the city in conjunction with the largest stateside event run by the Premier League to date and were joined by fellow club representatives over the course of three days in the United States.
Alongside the Saturday event, the Premier League hosted a school assembly at H.D. Cooke Elementary School on Thursday morning with Gully as a special guest.
Pupils were given a presentation at the launch of the Premier League Primary Stars programme in the USA before Gully and the Premier League trophy travelled to the city’s ice hockey team, the Washington Capitals, to meet players and staff at the side’s training session.
Friday began with Gully and other Premier League mascots embarking on an open-top bus tour of the city, visiting Georgetown Waterfront, the Lincoln memorial and the White House - Gully posed for pictures alongside fellow mascots such as Arsenal’s ‘Gunnersauraus’ and Leicester City’s ‘Filbert the Fox’ at the respective landmarks.
The Washington Nationals then hosted a series of sporting challenges during the course of the afternoon, across from their stadium at Nationals Park, and Gully was a special guest on NBC’s DC Sports Live show that evening.
On Saturday night DC United hosted Montreal Impact at Audi Field in the MLS, and Gully joined the home team’s mascot, Talon, for photos with fans ahead of the game, which saw the hosts run out impressive 5-0 winners.
During the match, DC United’s mascot was joined by Gully to meet and greet supporters both outside the stadium before the game and pitchside during the contest, before a shirt presentation at half-time followed between the two teams.
Brighton & Hove Albion would like to extend its thanks to the US-based supporters who travelled from across the country to attend, as well as the Premier League and NBC Sports for hosting the event.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Washington Capitals NHL team, Washington Wizards NBA team, Washington Nationals MLB team and DC United for hosting Gully and their support over the weekend.