Capital One Arena

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Capital One Arena
The Verizon Center in 2008
The Verizon Center in 2008
Earlier names

MCI Center (1997-2006)
Verizon Center (2006-2017)

place 601 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20004-1603
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 38 ° 53 '53.3 "  N , 77 ° 1' 15.2"  W Coordinates: 38 ° 53 '53.3 "  N , 77 ° 1' 15.2"  W.
owner Washington Sports & Entertainment
operator Washington Sports & Entertainment
start of building October 18, 1995
opening 2nd December 1997
surface Parquet
ice surface
costs 260 million US dollars
architect Ellerbe Becket, Inc.
capacity Basketball
20,356 places (since 2013)
20,308 places (2012–2013)
20,282 places (2011–2012)
20,278 places (2010–2011)
20,173 places (2002–2010)
20,674 places (1997–2002)
Ice hockey
18,573 places (since 2019)
18,506 Places (2011–2019)
18,398 places (2010–2011)
18,277 places (2002–2010)
18,672 places (1999–2002)
19,740 places (1997–1999)
playing area NBA basketball
28.65 × 15.24 m (94 × 50 ft)
NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)

The Capital One Arena is a multifunctional arena located in the US capital Washington, DC . The current namesake is the financial services provider Capital One , previously the hall was known as the Verizon Center (until 2017) and as the MCI Center (until 2006).

The arena is home to the Washington Capitals ice hockey team of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Washington Wizards basketball team of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Washington Mystics women's basketball team of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Then there is the college basketball team of Georgetown Hoyas of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).


In 1995 construction began on a new indoor arena in downtown Washington, to be the new home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, which previously had their home games at the US Airways arena in Washington for lack of an arena in the District of Columbia surrounding state of Maryland .

The 260 million US dollars expensive arena was completed in 1997 and the naming rights to the telecommunications company MCI Inc. sold. Over the years numerous concerts and wrestling events of the WCW and WWE have taken place there. In 2001 the NBA All-Star Game was also played at the MCI Center. On June 11, 2005, Mike Tyson played his last professional boxing match. He lost the fight against Irish Kevin McBride by TKO in the sixth round. In early 2006, Verizon acquired MCI . On March 5th of that year the name of the stadium was changed to Verizon Center .

Since opening, the Verizon Center has been modernized and renovated several times. The most obvious change was the installation of a new video cube in 2008. This replaced the old model and since then has offered the most modern LED displays on all sides. Likewise the cabins of the home teams and were VIP - boxes repeatedly structurally changed and renewed.

On March 13, 2010, the Verizon Center welcomed the 30 millionth visitor to a game of the Wizards .

In August 2017, the naming rights were sold to the financial services provider Capital One , so that the arena is now called Capital One Arena .


Web links

Commons : Capital One Arena  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Verizon Center (English)
  2. Verizon Center Hits a High Mark 30 Million in Attendance Article from March 13, 2010 (English)