A sports and entertainment venue located in Washington D.C., the Verizon Center serves as home to the National basketball Association’s Washington Wizards.
In addition to being the home of the Wizards, the arena also serves as home to a number of other local teams both professional and college including the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the Georgetown Hoyas, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
The stadium is located in Washington DC’s Chinatown neighborhood, and was originally named the MCI Center when it opened in 1997.
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The Verizon Center is leased from the District of Columbia and owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
• Capacity: 20,356
• Opened: December 2, 1997
• Location: 601 F Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004-1603
• Construction on the multi-purpose stadium began on October 18, 1995 and was ready for business two years later with its official opening date coming on December 2, 1997.
• In 2007, the stadium received the first high-definition LED scoreboard in an indoor arena.
• The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals were co-hosted at the Verizon Center in 1998 with the Washington Capitals getting swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
• The stadium has also hosted a plethora of other major sporting events such as the NBA All-Star Game in 2001, the WNBA All-Star Game in 2002 and 2007, the ACC Men’s basketball tournament in 2005 and 2016, and the Men’s NCAA Frozen Four hockey Championship Tournament in 2009.
Past and Current Teams
Washington Wizards (NBA) (1997–present)
Washington Capitals (NHL) (1997–present)
Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA) (1997–present)
Washington Mystics (WNBA) (1998–present)
Washington Power (NLL) (2001–2002)
Washington AFL Team (AFL) (beginning in 2017)