The Verizon Center was built in 1997, and the cutting-edge facility has been credited with revitalizing the downtown area of Washington, D.C. The construction of the new venue accelerated the growth of bars, restaurants and shops around the arena and it is now one of D.C.'s hot spots. The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals call the Verizon Center home and take advantage of its indoor practice facilities, well-appointed locker rooms and home court advantage thanks to their rabid fan bases. The Verizon Center has become a mecca of concerts, sporting events and conventions and boasts nearly 20,000 seats for enthused attendees, a high-definition video board and an expansive selection of concession stands and restaurants.
Sports at Verizon Center
The Washington Wizards were known as the Bullets for a majority of their history, and they saw much of their sustained success during the 1970s. Since then, the Wizards have been a bit of middling team with sporadic playoff appearances wedged between losing seasons. While the team made the playoffs between 2005 and 2008, they have yet to break through to the conference finals in recent history. The Washington Capitals are arguably the biggest success story in Washington sports, and they have been a consistent title contender. With playoff appearances from 2008-2016, the Caps play a style of aggressive hockey that has made them a force in the Eastern Conference. The Caps are still looking for their first Stanley Cup, but their impressive play over the past few years and as No.1 in the league in 2016 it certainly looks like the best is yet to come.
Concerts at Verizon Center
The Verizon Center is also the place to be when a big-time performer is in the nation's capital, and the arena has hosted some of the legendary names in music and entertainment. Stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Elton John, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and many more have played the Verizon Center. With its accessibility and world-class amenities, the Verizon Center always seems to be in the center of the action.
Verizon Center Venue Guide
What is the best way to get to the Verizon Center?
The Metro operates a service to the Verizon Center in DC. On the Red line, the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop in front of the Verizon Center. A few blocks away from the center, the Navy-Archives Pen Quarter, Metro Center and Judiciary Square stop.
Does my child need a ticket?
Children 2 years of age or younger are admitted free to all concerts, basketball and hockey games.