In 1972 the NHL awarded an expansion team to Washington, named the Washington Capitals in 1974. Washington has qualified for the playoffs 27 times – including the team’s Stanley Cup championship in 2018, the run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998 and three Presidents’ Trophy-winning teams (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17), symbolic of the NHL’s best regular-season record.
The Washington Wizards franchise originated in 1961 as the Chicago Packers and has also been known as the Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets and Washington Bullets. With 13 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame having played for the franchise, the team has qualified for postseason play 29 times, with four trips to the NBA Finals, and reached the pinnacle of the NBA in 1978 by winning the NBA Championship in seven games against Seattle.
The Washington Mystics entered into history on Nov. 11, 1997, when the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced that Washington, D.C., would join the league for the 1998 season as one of the first expansion cities. The Mystics have made the playoffs eleven times in franchise history (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013-2015, 2017, and 2018), reaching the WNBA semifinals in 2017 and making their first WNBA Finals appearance in franchise history in 2018.
Capital One Arena is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to four professional sports teams, which include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics & AFL’s Washington Valor. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, Capital One Arena sits at the heart of a $6.84 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 20 years ago when the arena opened.
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