Capital One Arena
Capital One Arena is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment
venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment,
in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Chinatown in downtown Washington,
D.C. The arena is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington
Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the AFL’s Washington
Valor and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team.
Boasting an average of 220 events per year, Capital One Arena is the
heart of an $9.2 billion redevelopment that began more than 20 years
ago when the arena was built and opened on Dec. 2, 1997. Since then
the privately-fi nanced arena in downtown Washington has hosted more
than 47 million people and more than 4,500 events.
The surrounding neighborhood throughout the years has been rejuvenated
by a plethora of restaurants, condominiums and businesses, making
the Seventh Street corridor an entertainment destination.
In June 2010, Ted Leonsis became the majority owner of Capital One
Arena and formed Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE). MSE includes
ownership of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington
Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the AFL’s Baltimore
Brigade and Washington Valor, NBA G-League’s Capital City Go-Go, NBA
2K League’s Wizards District Gaming and Capital One Arena. Monumental
Sports & Entertainment also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the
MedStar Wizards District Gaming Studio, the MedStar Wizards Performance
Center at the new arena on St. Elizabeths Campus in southeast
Washington, D.C., and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. In
January 2013, MSE launched Monumental Sports Network, the mid-Atlantic
region’s top direct-to-consumer destination for exclusive fan experiences
and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and
OTT streaming devices.
As an arena in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., Capital One
Arena has hosted a multitude of high-profi le events in its history, ranging
from the 2018 and 1998 Stanley Cup Finals to the NBA (2001) and WNBA
(2002, 2007) All-Star games to the 2003 World Figure Skating Championship,
the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament (2005, 2016), the fi rst
and second rounds of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament
(1998, 2002, 2008) as well as the second and third rounds (2011), the Big
Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament (2017) and the A10 Men’s Basketball
Tournament (2018). In 2019, the NCAA East Regional will return to Capital
One Arena for the third time. The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will
return to D.C. in 2021.
Entertainment at the arena would not be complete without concerts
and family shows ranging from all-time greats to current-day chart-topping
artists. In the 21-year history of the arena some of the artists who
have roamed the halls and mastered the stage at Capital One Arena include:
U2, Lady Gaga, Madonna, The Three Tenors, Barbra Streisand,
Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Beyonce, the Dalai Lama, Tina
Turner, Keith Urban, Paul Simon and Sting, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Usher,
Disney on Ice and WWE.
In terms of history, two events have taken place every single year in
the building dating back 40 plus years to the old Capital Centre, making
them the longest tenured events between both buildings: the Harlem
Globetrotters (1973) and the Washington International Horse Show (1975).
Other amenities in the arena include the Etihad Airways Lounge, The
PwC Club, Players Club, Budweiser Brew House, Beck’s Lounge and the
Team Store. VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Dunkin
Donuts, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille and Hertz also have retail
locations at the arena.
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