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In 1972 the NHL awarded an expansion team to Washington, named the Washington Capitals in 1974. The team played in the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., until 1997 when its current home, Verizon Center, opened in downtown D.C. The Capitals have made 21 playoff appearances, two conference final appearances (1990, 1998) and one Stanley Cup final appearance (1998). The franchise has won seven 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.
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. Renamed again prior to the 1997-98 season, the Wizards opened play that year at a state-of-the-art arena, currently named Verizon Center, in downtown Washington. 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.
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. Washington has been the host city for the 2002 and 2007 All-Star Games.
Verizon Center 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 three professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards 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 Patriot Center. 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.
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 Kettler Capitals Iceplex is a multi-use facility. Kettler 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.
The newest AFL franchise based in Washington, D.C., will begin play in the 2017 season. The Arena Football League was founded in 1987 and will be entering its 29th season in 2016 with 20 million fans across the United States. The AFL will now consist of nine teams starting in 2017 spread between two conferences: the American Conference and the National Conference. Each team plays 16 games with two bye weeks during the April-to-August season.