In 1972 the NHL awarded an expansion team to Washington, named the Washington Capitals in 1974. The Capitals have made 21 playoff appearances, two conference final appearances (1990, 1998) and one Stanley Cup final appearance (1998). The franchise has won six division titles, and in 2009-10 won a franchise-record 54 games on its way to the Presidents’ Trophy, symbolic of the NHL’s best regular-season record. Click here to visit the team’s official web site.
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 nine members of the Basketball Hall of Fame having played for the franchise, the team has qualified for postseason play 25 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. Click here to visit the team’s official web site.
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 six times in franchise history (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010) and earned a trip to the conference finals once (2002). In 2010 the team recorded its best record (22-12) while finishing the regular season as the Eastern Conference champions and sealing the top seed in the playoffs. Click here to visit the team’s official web site.
Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to three professional sports teams, which include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. 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, Verizon Center sits at the heart of a $6.84 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 14 years ago when the arena opened. Click here to visit the venue’s official web site.