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Capital One Arena

Opened:Dec. 2, 1997Home Team:Washington Capitals
Owner:Monumental Sports & EntertainmentCapacity:18,573
Location:601 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.Former Names:MCI Center (1997–2006)
Verizon Center (2006–2017)

Capital One Arena is an indoor arena in Washington, D.C., Located in the Chinatown section of the larger Penn Quarter neighborhood, and the arena sits atop the Gallery Place rapid transit station of the Washington Metro.

Owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, it is the home arena of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Georgetown University men’s basketball team. It was also home to the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1998 to 2018, after which they moved to the Entertainment and Sports Arena in southeast Washington for the 2019 season.

Though the arena project was a commercial success for its backers, it had contributed to the gentrification of the surrounding area, the displacement of most of its Asian-American residents (the local Chinese-American population, which numbered over 3,000 before the arena’s construction, was a mere 300 in 2023), and the replacement of the most of the small businesses and restaurants that served the Asian-American community by large national corporations. The arena does, however, feature a sign in Chinese characters.

First Games

  • Dec. 5, 1997 – Capitals vs. Florida Panthers (3-2 win)
  • Dec. 2, 1997 – Wizards vs. Seattle SuperSonics (95-78 win)

Notable Events

  • Stanley Cup Final – 1998, 2018
  • NBA All-Star Game – 2001
  • WNBA All-Star Game – 2002, 2007
  • NCAA Frozen Four – 2009
  • NCAA men’s basketball tournament – 1998, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2019
  • U.S. World Figure Skating Championships – 2003