HOUSTON – Houston Dash invited fans to celebrate its National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup title win during a drive-by parade on Thursday at BBVA Stadium.
Typically, when a Houston team wins a championship, they are celebrated with a parade in H-Town. But, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the team was forced to come up with an alternative celebration.
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Dash players and coaches, all of whom have undergone a rigorous coronavirus testing protocol, gathered on a stage in the parking lot south of BBVA Stadium for a socially distanced celebration, allowing fans to drive by to congratulate the team.
The parade began at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of BBVA stadium, near the intersection of Walker Street and Emancipation Avenue.
“Everything we do, we do it for them,” said Dash captain Rachel Daly of the fans. “The city is suffering, and if we can give one percent of happiness back to this city in a time of need, that’s what we aim to do. That was our motto throughout the whole tournament.”
“We want to tell everybody we did it for them,” said Dash coach James Clarkson.
The first 1,000 fans to arrive received a free NWSL Challenge Cup Champions posters from The Club and a commemorative poker chip from Coushatta Casino Resort.
Fans brought decorated signs, banners, and flags.
All fans were required to wear masks and must stay in their cars.