Verizon Center, managed by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the Georgetown Hoyas Men’s Basketball team. Located in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center is only a few steps away from the White House and hosts more than 220 events and concerts each year.
Debuting in December of 1997, the $200 million sports and entertainment facility has hosted over 30.7 million patrons with over 2,584 world-class sporting events, concerts and family shows. The arena has also become a catalyst for the downtown neighborhood by sparking a dramatic redevelopment effort to the tune of $6.2 billion
The 2009 NCAA Ice Hockey Championship (Frozen Four), the first and second rounds of the 2008, 2002 and 1998 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2007 and 2002 WNBA All-Star games, the 2006 Washington Regional Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships, the 2001 50th NBA All-Star game, and the 1998 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are only a sample of the world-class events held during the past twelve years at the building. In 2011, the arena will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for the fourth time.
Concerts and family shows have included U2, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Barbra S
treisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Disney on Ice, and The Wiggles. The longest tenured events for the building are the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington International Horse Show.
Located within the arena are 106 luxury suites and a variety of concession stands and restaurants offering menu choices from D’Acqua to Papa John’s pizza to Dunkin Donuts to hot dogs and pretzels to crab cakes and deli sandwiches. Additional amenities include the private Acela Club Restaurant for club seat and suite holders, the Coaches Club for Gold VIP season ticket holders, Dewar’s 12 Clubhouse open to the public an hour before and after events, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Fan Gear sporting goods store, VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon.