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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 numerous times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013-2015, 2017 and 2018) and in 2002, made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. During the 2017 season, Washington made it to the conference semifinals and in 2018, Washington tied its best franchise record (22-12) while making the first trip in team history to the WNBA Finals. Washington has also served as the host city for the 2002 and 2007 All-Star Games.
The Valor, champions of ArenaBowl XXXI in just their second season, will begin defending their title this spring. The Valor, founded in 2016, began play in 2017 and qualified for their first postseason berth in 2018, going on to win ArenaBowl XXXI against the Baltimore Brigade. In two seasons, five Valor players have earned All-Arena honors. The Valor play all of their home games at Capital One Arena, located in downtown Washington, D.C. For more information on the franchise, visit www.washingtonvalor.com.
The Brigade began their inaugural season in the spring of 2017 and have qualified for the AFL postseason each season since. Baltimore made its first ArenaBowl appearance in 2018 after defeating the Philadelphia Soul in the AFL Semifinals. The Brigade, led by 2018 Coach of the Year Omarr Smith, have produced 17 All-Arena players in two seasons, including six first-teamers in 2018. Royal Farms Arena, located in downtown Baltimore, Md., has played host to every home Brigade game in the team’s history, including ArenaBowl XXXI on July 28, 2018. For more information on the franchise, visit www.baltimorebrigade.com.
Capital One Arena is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to four professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the AFL’s Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. MSE also oversees management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena. 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 $9.2 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 19 years ago when the arena opened.
Located on the campus of Northern Virginia’s George Mason University, the EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts Mason men’s and women’s basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena over the past 26 years.
Opened in the fall of 2006, the 137,000 square-foot community ice rink and training facility for the NHL’s Washington Capitals is located in Arlington, Va., on the eighth level of the Ballston Common Mall’s parking garage. Featuring two NHL-sized ice rinks, a pro shop, administrative offices, event space and media facilities, the $42.7-million Medstar Capitals Iceplex is a multi-use facility. Medstar Capitals Iceplex is the only community ice rink facility in the D.C. metropolitan area convenient to the Metro subway system. The 20,000 square-foot training facility for the Capitals features athletic-training and medical facilities, a large weight room and fitness room, a spacious locker room and lounge area, a high-tech theatre-style classroom and a video room.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment unveiled Wizards District Gaming as the team name and mark for its NBA 2K League team, set to begin play in the league’s inaugural season in 2018. The NBA 2K League, a joint venture between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive, is a professional esports league featuring the best 2K players in the world. The 2K League’s inaugural season, which will feature 17 teams, will take place in 2018.
The Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards’ NBA G League affiliate, will begin play this season at the new, state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The Go-Go will become the 27th member of the NBA G League and the first to ever be owned and operated by Monumental Sports and Entertainment. Capital City will be a talent-developer for the Wizards, and will look to add to the 50 players who earned NBA call ups from G League rosters league-wide in 2017-18.