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Verizon Center
"Phone Booth"

Verizon Center
Location 601 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Opened December 2, 1997
Owner Washington Sports and Entertainment (land leased from the City of Washington)
Operator Washington Sports and Entertainment
Former names
MCI Center (1997-2006)
Tenants
Washington Wizards (NBA) (1997-present)
Washington Mystics (WNBA) (1998-present)
Washington Capitals (NHL) (1997-present)
Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA)
Washington Power (NLL) (2001-2002)
Capacity
20,173 (basketball)
18,277 (hockey)

The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. The name of the arena was previously MCI Center, but when MCI was acquired by Verizon, the name was changed to "Verizon Center" effective March 5, 2006 [1]. The arena has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" because of its association with telecommunications companies. The arena is home to the Washington Wizards of the NBA, Washington Capitals of the NHL, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and Georgetown University basketball. Image File history File links Vercentlogo. ... Digital photo of the MCI Center in Washington, DC, taken by User:Postdlf, 12-13-04. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... “NHL” redirects here. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Washington Power were a member of the National Lacrosse League during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. ... NLL redirects here. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D... Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) a Dow 30 company, is an American and multinational broadband and telecommunications provider owned by Catherine Weaver and Thomas Manhattan. ... MCI logo MCI, Inc. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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History

The arena opened on December 2, 1997 in downtown Washington's Chinatown. The building replaced the US Air Arena, which was located on the Capital Beltway in Landover, Maryland. Some complained that the building's construction, by closing off a block of G St, corrupted the historic L'Enfant layout of the Washington city streets. Others were concerned it would lead to the displacement of Chinese businesses in Chinatown. While largely considered a commercial success, the Verizon Center was the catalyst that led to gentrification of Washington's Chinatown, with rent increases after construction of the Arena forcing many small Chinese businesses to close. On the other hand, the Arena is not only a popular venue for sports and concerts, but helped to turned "Gallery Place/Chinatown" neighborhood into one of the prime sites for commercial development in Washington. Virtually all Chinese residents in the D.C. area already live in the suburbs, and displacement that occurred over the years has been mostly commercial rather than residential. December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Washington, D.C., with Chinatown highlighted in red Chinatowns Friendship Archway, as seen looking west on H St. ... US Airways Arena (originally known as the Capital Centre, also popularly known as the USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball. ... The Capital Beltway (in green) The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) is an expressway-class interstate highway which circles the Washington, DC area. ... Landover is an area of Prince Georges County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. ... Pierre Charles LEnfant ( 2 August 1754 – 14 June 1825) designed the street plan of the Federal City in the United States, now known as Washington, DC. Born in France, he came to the American colonies as a military engineer with General Lafayette and became closely identified with the... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Tenants

The Verizon Center is the home arena of the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and the NCAA's Georgetown University Hoyas men's basketball. It used to also be home to the Washington Power of the NLL from 2001-2002. It seats 20,173 for basketball, and 18,277 for hockey. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... “NHL” redirects here. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789... The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. ... The Washington Power were a member of the National Lacrosse League during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. ... NLL redirects here. ...


Notable events

Verizon Center, then known as MCI Center, on game night (Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Hornets), January 20, 2006.
Verizon Center, then known as MCI Center, on game night (Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Hornets), January 20, 2006.
Washington Capitals game on March 8, 2006 featuring the Verizon Center markings on the ice surface.
Washington Capitals game on March 8, 2006 featuring the Verizon Center markings on the ice surface.

As well as the home games of the Center's four sports tenants, the arena also hosts numerous special events, from concerts to Champions on Ice to the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1927 KB) Summary MCI Center on game night (Washington Wizards vs. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1927 KB) Summary MCI Center on game night (Washington Wizards vs. ... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The New Orleans Hornets are a National Basketball Association team based in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The current head coach is Byron Scott. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2171 KB) Photo taken March 8, 2006 at a Washington Capitals vs. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2171 KB) Photo taken March 8, 2006 at a Washington Capitals vs. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Champions on Ice is a touring ice show in the United States produced by Tom Collins Enterprises. ... Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show On Earth Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an American circus that was formed from the merger of the Ringling Brothers Circus and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. ...

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Notable games

The Washington Wizards in an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors, 30 March, 2007.
The Washington Wizards in an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors, 30 March, 2007.

June 16, 1998 - Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings: The Caps lose 4-1 to the Red Wings to be swept four games to none in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first, and as yet still only, visit to the Stanley Cup Finals for the Caps. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards Verizon... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Washington Wizards Verizon... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ...


February 21, 2003 - Washington Wizards vs. New Jersey Nets: Michael Jordan scores 43 points, becoming the All-Time oldest player, and only player, at age 40 or older to ever score 40 points in an NBA Game. The Wizards win 89-86.


April 5, 2003 - Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Peter Bondra passes Mike Gartner as the Washington Capitals' career scoring leader. A tip-in ties the record early in the 3rd period and an empty net goal with 12 seconds left in the game sealed the record for Bondra. The Caps won 5-3. Peter Bondra, #12 (#10 while with the Ottawa Senators in the 2003-2004 NHL season) was born on February 7, 1968 in Luck in the U.S.S.R., now in Ukraine. ... Michael Alfred Gartner (born October 29, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes. ...


April 30, 2004 - Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls: The Wizards win their first playoff game in nearly 17 years with a 117-99 win over the Bulls. Oddly enough, it is the first NBA playoff game ever held within the District of Columbia (the team always played at USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland). ...


May 6, 2005 - Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls: Jared Jeffries picked up a loose ball and went in for an uncontested tiebreaking dunk with 32 seconds left, thus giving the Washington Wizards a 94-91 win over the Bulls and taking the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series from them four games to two. The game marks the first playoff series victory for the Wizards in twenty three years. Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (born November 25, 1981, in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Wizards as the 11th overall pick. ...


January 21, 2006 - Georgetown Hoyas vs. Duke Blue Devils: The then-unranked Georgetown University Hoyas would defeat the then-undefeated #1 ranked Blue Devils 87-84, marking the first notable game of coach John Thompson III's career, as well as an important boost enroute to the NCAA tournament, where they would reach the Sweet Sixteen.


March 26, 2006 - George Mason Patriots vs. Connecticut Huskies: The Patriots, playing in front of a mostly partisan crowd due to George Mason University being just across the Potomac River from the arena, defeat the top seeded UConn Huskies to become only the second double-digit seed to reach the NCAA Final Four. George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a large public university in the United States. ... The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut. ...


Ownership

The arena is owned by Washington Sports & Entertainment (which owns the Wizards and formerly owned the Capitals), but on land leased from the city of Washington. At the end of the 30 year lease, the land is set to revert back to the ownership of the city, with the mayor of Washington to make mandatory biennial reviews of the city's continuing need for the arena.


Trivia

  • The Verizon Center sits atop the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on the Red, Yellow, and Green lines of the Washington Metro.
  • Chris Rock filmed a brief scene from his 2003 comedy Head of State in the building.
  • The six "Washington Mystics Attendance Champions" banners that hang at the Verizon Center have been the focal point of much criticism over the years, with many people believing that the rafters should be reserved for achievements by sports teams and not by the fans. They think it is insulting to have banners for championships and retired numbers hang next to "attendance champion" banners. The Washington City Paper has called them "embarrassing" [3], a 2005 ESPN.com article by Todd Wright had Wright commenting " it's time to lose those Mystics attendance banners hanging from the rafters" [4], the Sports Road Trip website mocked the banners by stating "Oh... Mystics... WNBA "attendance champions" in '98 and '99. "Wheeeeeeee!" [5]. When Washington Post writer Jon Gallo was asked about the banners, he stated "The attendance banners were largely achieved because the Mystics gave away approximately 30 percent of their tickets before Sheila Johnson took over the team. If the Mystics had made everyone pay for a ticket, then they would not have had the best attendance in the league." [6].
  • Two notable fan fixures at Washington Capitals games at Verizon since the late '90s include Goat and The Horn Guy. "Goat," aka William Stilwell, sits in Section 105 and loudly stomps and starts cheers for the team, with his loud voice that The Washington Post once called "the loudest voice and stompiest stomp on F Street." [7] "The Horn Guy," aka Sam Wolk, blows out three blasts on a horn to which the arena responds "Let's Go Caps!," a chant that can be heard during radio and TV broadcasts, home and away. [8]

The Glory of the Chinese Descendants at the Chinatown exit Gallery Pl-Chinatown is a Washington Metro station in Washington, DC on the Green, Red and Yellow Lines. ... The Red Line of the Washington Metro consists of 27 subway stations from Shady Grove to Glenmont. ... The Yellow Line of the Washington Metro consists of twelve subway stations from Huntington to Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center. ... Greenbelt station, end of the Green line on the Washington Metro The Green Line of the Washington Metro consists of 21 subway stations from Greenbelt to Branch Ave. ... The Washington Metro, or simply Metro, is the rapid transit system of Washington, D.C., and neighboring suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia, both inside and outside the Capital Beltway. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[2] (born February 7, 1965)[1] is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, actor, and director. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Head of State is a 2003 American movie starring Chris Rock. ... The Washington City Paper is a U.S. alternative weekly newspaper serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. ... Todd Wright is an American sports radio personality. ... ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ...

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US Airways Arena
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Coordinates: 38°53′53.07″N, 77°1′15.41″W US Airways Arena (originally known as the Capital Centre, also popularly known as the USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... US Airways Arena (originally known as the Capital Centre, also popularly known as the USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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