On May 21, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the 2018 All-Star Game and World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2018 (B22-800). The bill allows eligible restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, hotels, multipurpose facilities and manufacturers to register with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to participate in extended hours during two major sporting events this summer, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2018 MLB All-Star Game.
Eligible establishments can register with ABRA by Thursday, June 7, 2018 in order to operate and allow the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages beginning at 7 am daily from June 14 to July 15, 2018 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament. Registration does not affect the licensee's closing hours.
The bill also allows eligible establishments to register with ABRA by Tuesday, July 3, 2018 to extend their hours to allow the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages on-premises until 4 am and operate 24 hours a day from July 14 to July 18, 2018 during the 2018 MLB All-Star Game events.
Only on-premises establishments that do not have operating hours restrictions written in their Settlement Agreements or Board Orders are eligible to participate in either program. Temporary license applications are also eligible to participate. An establishment's permitted hours of entertainment cannot be extended under this program and the establishment would need to obtain approval for a separate one-day substantial change application in order to extend entertainment hours. One-day substantial change applications for outdoor events must be filed with ABRA at least 20 days prior to the event taking place. One-day substantial change applications for indoor events must be filed at least ten days prior to the event taking place.
Licensees are required to register to participate. The registration fee is $100 per program. Once a licensee is registered in the program, ABRA will provide the licensee with a separate All-Star Game or World Cup license, which must be posted in a visible location at the establishment throughout the extended hours period. ABRA will notify the Metropolitan Police Department of all registered establishments.
The extended hours periods are as follows:
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament: 7 am daily from June 14 to July 15, 2018
(Registration does not affect the licensee's closing hours)
- 2018 MLB All Star Game: Midnight on Friday night, July 13 to 4 am on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2018
The deadline to register is:
- 2018 FIFA World Cup: Thursday, June 7, 2018
- 2018 MLB All Star Game: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Registration forms are attached below. A public safety plan only needs to be submitted with the 2018 All-Star Game registration form. Licensees may resubmit a current public safety plan already on file with ABRA. If there is no public safety plan on file, licensees can complete the document attached to the registration form.
Once completed, forms may be submitted to ABRA by email, mail or in person at:
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400S
Washington, DC, 20009
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday
Please note that the 2018 MLB All-Star Game and 2018 FIFA World Cup extended hours programs are separate from our traditional Extended Holiday Hours Program.