VERIZON CENTER FACTS
Verizon Center, managed by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, LP, is home to the NHLís Washington Capitals, the NBAís Washington Wizards, the WNBAís Washington Mystics, and the Georgetown Hoyas Menís Basketball team. Located in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center is only a few steps away from the White House and hosts more than 220 events and concerts each year.
Debuting in December of 1997, the $200 million sports and entertainment facility recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with having entertained over 25.3 million patrons with over 2,153 world-class sporting events, concerts and family shows. The arena has also become a catalyst for the downtown neighborhood by sparking a dramatic redevelopment effort to the tune of $6.2 billion.
The first and second rounds of the 2008, 2002 and 1998 NCAA Division I Menís Basketball Tournament, the 2007 and 2002 WNBA All-Star games, the 2006 Washington Regional Round of the NCAA Division I Menís Basketball Tournament, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships, the 2001 50th NBA All-Star game, and the 1998 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are only a sample of the world-class events held during the past ten years at the building.
Concerts and family shows have included U2, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Disney on Ice, and The Wiggles. The longest tenured events for the building are the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington International Horse Show.
Located within the arena are 108 executive suites and a variety of concession stands and restaurants offering menu choices from Green Turtle to Papa Johnís pizza to Dunkin Donuts to hot dogs and pretzels to nachoes and deli sandwiches. Additional amenities include the Verizon Center Clubhouse open to the public after the start of a game, and the Fan Gear sporting goods store.
HIGH-DEFINITION SCOREBOARD AND LINEAR LED BOARDS
Debuting during the 2007-2008 season, the brand new high-definition LED scoreboard is the first true indoor high-definition scoreboard of its kind for arenas. The center hung scoreboard exclusively features the Diamond Vision LED Fascia, corner stat displays and video boards driven by ANC Sportsí patent pending VisionSOFT operating system. Sitting at 14 feet 5 inches high x 25 feet 2 inches wide, the new scoreboard provides the highest clarity of all the action, including video playback, and exhibits over 68 billion colors. The scoreboard features four 6mm video screens, four 10mm LED video matrixes measuring 5ft x 25ft, and two 20mm LED rings. Over a 1,000 feet of linear LED boards encompass the upper bowl of the arena, as well as 400 feet of LED boards surrounding the lower bowl of the arena with full motion signage. Four additional LED displays highlight the top corners of the arena offering animation, 3D graphics and advertisements.
LOCKER ROOMS/DRESSING ROOMS
Backstage at Verizon Center includes seven performer dressing rooms, the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Hoyas locker rooms, and NBA/NHL visitors and officialís locker rooms. The Wizards and Capitals locker rooms include a training room, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, team lounge and weight room.
ACELA CLUB RESTAURANT
The Acela Club is a sophisticated and energetic restaurant available for VIP season ticket holders, as well as their guests. The unique restaurant overlooks the court and the ice, and combines gourmet dining with world-class service.
COACHES CLUB Ė EXCLUSIVE TO VIP AND COURTSIDE SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
Washington Mystics VIP and Courtside season ticket holders can enjoy the Coaches Club before, during, and up until the third quarter. Located on the event floor, this private lounge serves food and beverages in the perfect setting.
Fan Gear, located just inside Verizon Centerís main lobby on F Street, is every patronís favorite place to shop offering team merchandise for Verizon Centerís own Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics. Merchandise can also be found for the Georgetown Hoyas Menís basketball team.