Capital One Arena - Washington Capitals Arena Guide

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Last Updated: April 26, 2021

Arena Facts

Opened: 1997
Capacity: 18,506
Teams: Washington Capitals
Address: Washington, D.C.

The home of the Washington Capitals is known as the Capital One Arena and is located in Washington D.C., the arena is also on the road on top of the Washington Metro. This arena not only hosts the Washington Capitals but also the Washington Wizards which are a part of the National Basketball Association and the Georgetown University Men’s basketball team.

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It is also known for being the Washington Mystics home from 1998 until 2018. The Washington Mystics is a team from the women’s national basketball association. It is evident that this arena receives lots of use especially with all the different teams and variations of sports played inside. With Washington D.C. being the United States of America’s capital means there are lots of tourists who go to D.C. and love to watch basketball and hockey. The arena can seat about 20,300 when basketball games are played and then 18,500 when a hockey game is being played.

In 1997 the arena was originally named the MCI Center, then in 2006 was renamed as the Verizon Center, and now the current name is The Capital One Arena. The Capital One Arena was also home to the professional fighter Mike Tyson’s last fight ever. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was also held here for several rounds in 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2011. And in 2009 also hosted the “final four” also known as the final round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. This arena is very notable for having so many sentimental and important events over the years, especially because it is in the nation’s capital. It is safe to say with all of these events and being home to two major sports teams, we expect the history of this arena to continue to grow year after year.

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