Verizon Center 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 and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team.
Boasting an average of 220 events per year, Verizon Center is the heart of an $8.1 billion redevelopment that began 17 years ago when the arena was built and opened on Dec. 2, 1997. Since then the privately financed arena has hosted 43.3 million people and more than 3,598 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 Verizon Center 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 and Verizon Center. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also manages Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the training facility for the Washington Capitals, and the Patriot Center at George Mason University. In January 2013, MSE launched Monumental Network, a digital platform that serves as the hub for the region’s sports and entertainment news.
As an arena in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center has hosted a multitude of high-profile events in its history, ranging from the 1998 Stanley Cup Final to the NBA (2001) and WNBA (2002, 2007) All-Star games to the 2003 World Figure Skating Championship, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the first 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 East Regional Round (2006, 2013) and the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four men’s hockey championship. In 2016 the arena will host the ACC Tournament for the second time. In 2017 the arena will host the Big Ten Tournament for the first time and in 2018 the A10 Tournament for the first time.
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 17 year history of the arena some of the artists who have roamed the halls and mastered the stage at Verizon Center include: U2, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Coldplay, 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, Usher, Disney on Ice and WWE.
In terms of history, only two events have taken place each of the past 17 years at Verizon Center, as well as each of the past 40+ years dating back to the old Capital Centre arena making them the longest tenured events between both buildings: the Harlem Globetrotters (1973) and the Washington International Horse Show (1975).
Located within the arena are 106 luxury suites, eight loge boxes, a high-definition center-hung scoreboard, an indoor basketball practice facility and 10 dressing rooms. The arena offers a variety of concession stands and restaurants with menu choices ranging from pizza at Papa John’s to donuts at Dunkin Donuts. Additional arena fare includes hot dogs, crab cakes, chicken fingers and deli sandwiches. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
Other amenities in the arena include the private Owner’s Club, the private Acela Club restaurant for club members, the Dewar’s 12 Coaches Club, The Player’s Club, Budweiser Brewhouse, The Monumental Theatre, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Team Store and VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon.
• 180 Degree: 12,893
• 270 Degree: 15,682
• 360 Degree: 17,863
• In The Round: 18,500