Verizon Center Changing Name to Capital One Arena

WASHINGTON — Verizon Center will be no more. Monumental Sports and Entertainment will soon announce that the Verizon Center will now be known as Capital One Arena.

New signs and a marketing campaign are planned for the fall.

The 20,000-seat sports arena, where the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics play, has been known as Verizon Center since 2006.

Before that, when the arena opened in 1997, it was known as the MCI Center.

The arena helped revitalize the Chinatown area, bringing new businesses and restaurants to D.C.

The Wizards and Capitals played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, before moving to D.C.

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