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Verizon Center transforms from hockey rink to basketball court
Verizon Center transforms from hockey rink to basketball court
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: TBDMetro
"Shout & Band Intros" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Shout & Band Intros" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Behind the Scenes - Verizon Center
Behind the Scenes - Verizon Center
Published: 2013/02/28
Channel: Arnaud Gelb
"Creep (Radiohead Cover)" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Creep (Radiohead Cover)" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
"Kiss on My List" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Kiss on My List" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Wizards vs. Bulls Game 3 2014 Playoffs at the Verizon Center
Wizards vs. Bulls Game 3 2014 Playoffs at the Verizon Center
Published: 2014/04/27
Channel: Ball Hogs
Verizon Center crowd goes nuts for free Chick-fil-A during Wizards
Verizon Center crowd goes nuts for free Chick-fil-A during Wizards' blowout win over Grizzlies
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: watchnba201415
"Head Over Heels" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Head Over Heels" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Dangerous Woman Tour Verizon Center 2-27-17 Full Concert Washington DC
Dangerous Woman Tour Verizon Center 2-27-17 Full Concert Washington DC
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: Mgagen1
Verizon Center  tour
Verizon Center tour
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: BASSEYDRAE
HD Time Lapse: Hockey to Basketball (Verizon Center - Washington, DC)
HD Time Lapse: Hockey to Basketball (Verizon Center - Washington, DC)
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: Andy Lopušnak
My first NBA Game Washington Wizards vs portland trail blazers @ Verizon Center
My first NBA Game Washington Wizards vs portland trail blazers @ Verizon Center
Published: 2016/01/24
Channel: Yo Won Kang
"Sowing the Seeds of Love & Advice" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Sowing the Seeds of Love & Advice" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Golden Retriever Plays Fetch On Ice At Verizon Center
Golden Retriever Plays Fetch On Ice At Verizon Center
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: Puck S
"You
"You've Lost That Lovin Feelin" Hall & Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Verizon Center crowd applauds Wayne Gretzky
Verizon Center crowd applauds Wayne Gretzky
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: NHL
Backyard Band @ The Verizon Center, Washington Wizards Post Game Show, 1-6-17.
Backyard Band @ The Verizon Center, Washington Wizards Post Game Show, 1-6-17.
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: ChynaYonnie
"Break It Down Again" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Break It Down Again" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
"She
"She's Gone" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Fight at Verizon Center between a Montreal and a angry Caps fan after game 7 (28/04)
Fight at Verizon Center between a Montreal and a angry Caps fan after game 7 (28/04)
Published: 2010/04/30
Channel: fx8ts
"Say It Isn
"Say It Isn't So" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
"One on One" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"One on One" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Bruce Springsteen Verizon Center, Washington DC || The River Tour 2016 (Full Concert HD Au
Bruce Springsteen Verizon Center, Washington DC || The River Tour 2016 (Full Concert HD Au
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Lebar Egiy
"Family Man" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Family Man" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
BABYMETAL -  KARATE - Verizon center - April 12, 2017
BABYMETAL - KARATE - Verizon center - April 12, 2017
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: QUEEN BUN
"Is It a Star" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Is It a Star" Daryl Hall & John Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? - Verizon Center, Washington DC
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? - Verizon Center, Washington DC
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: Dragongirl616
"Change" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Change" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin's 500th Goal Fan View in Verizon Center
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: PoolarityTV
Best Team In The NHL | The Washington Capitals | Verizon Center
Best Team In The NHL | The Washington Capitals | Verizon Center
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Hockey Circle
"Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
"Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
Caps hockey at Verizon center - Ovechkin goal
Caps hockey at Verizon center - Ovechkin goal
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: ElRemy82
Bertha - Dead and Company at Verizon Center, DC on 11-6-15
Bertha - Dead and Company at Verizon Center, DC on 11-6-15
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Steve Anderson
"Pale Shelter" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"Pale Shelter" Tears for Fears@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
"Dark Necessities" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
"Dark Necessities" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
3x5 - John Mayer @ Verizon Center, Washington DC, 4/6/2017
3x5 - John Mayer @ Verizon Center, Washington DC, 4/6/2017
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: Raheed Khan
"I Cant Go for That (No Can Do)" Hall & Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
"I Cant Go for That (No Can Do)" Hall & Oates@Verizon Center Washignton DC 6/26/17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Jim Powers
1/7 Adele - Hello (Intro) @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC 10/11/16
1/7 Adele - Hello (Intro) @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC 10/11/16
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: wojo4hitz
"Karate" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/1
"Karate" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/1
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
The Story Of Game 7: Islanders vs. Capitals, Verizon Center 2015
The Story Of Game 7: Islanders vs. Capitals, Verizon Center 2015
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: Brandon Mowry
Minecraft WWE Battleground 2016 arena/Verizon center
Minecraft WWE Battleground 2016 arena/Verizon center
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: PRO shotz
"Babymetal Death & Iine!" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
"Babymetal Death & Iine!" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
AC/DC Rock or Bust Verizon Center Washington 17 Sep 2016
AC/DC Rock or Bust Verizon Center Washington 17 Sep 2016
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: Matteo ACDC Abruzzo
Eric Church Record Year Verizon Center DC 5-19-17
Eric Church Record Year Verizon Center DC 5-19-17
Published: 2017/05/20
Channel: Scott Gore
Green Day "American Idiot" 3.13.17 @ Verizon Center in D.C
Green Day "American Idiot" 3.13.17 @ Verizon Center in D.C
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Robert Eckels
At the Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour in DC (Verizon Center)
At the Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour in DC (Verizon Center)
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Dom's Sketch Cast
"The Getaway" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
"The Getaway" Red Hot Chili Peppers@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
"Megitsune" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
"Megitsune" Babymetal@Verizon Center Washington DC 4/12/17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Jim Powers
3/7 Adele - Best Friends Onstage + Water Under the Bridge @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC 10/10/16
3/7 Adele - Best Friends Onstage + Water Under the Bridge @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC 10/10/16
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: wojo4hitz
John Mayer Concert Review 4/6/17 Verizon Center D.C.
John Mayer Concert Review 4/6/17 Verizon Center D.C.
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Hailey Brennan
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Verizon Center
"The Phone Booth"
Verision Center Logo.svg
Verizon Center
Former names MCI Center (1997–2006)
Address 601 F Street Northwest
Location Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′53″N 77°1′15″W / 38.89806°N 77.02083°W / 38.89806; -77.02083Coordinates: 38°53′53″N 77°1′15″W / 38.89806°N 77.02083°W / 38.89806; -77.02083
Public transit Washington Metro
WMATA Red.svgWMATA Green.svgWMATA Yellow.svg at Gallery Place
Owner Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Operator Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Capacity Basketball:
20,674 (1997–2002)
20,173 (2002–2010)
20,278 (2010–2011)
20,282 (2011–2012)
20,308 (2012–2013)
20,356 (2013–present)
Ice hockey:
19,740 (1997–1999)
18,672 (1999–2002)
18,277 (2002–2010)
18,398 (2010–2011)
18,506 (2011–present)[1]
Field size 1,020,000 square feet (95,000 m2)
Construction
Broke ground October 18, 1995
Opened December 2, 1997
Construction cost US$260 million
($388 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[3]
Devrouax & Purnell[3]
KCF-SHG Architects[3]
Project manager Seagull Bay Sports, LLC.[4]
Structural engineer Delon Hampton & Associates[5]
Services engineer John J. Christie Associates[3]
General contractor Clark/Smoot[6]
Tenants
Washington Wizards (NBA) (1997–present)
Washington Capitals (NHL) (1997–present)
Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA) (1997–present)
Washington Mystics (WNBA) (1998–present)
Washington Power (NLL) (2001–2002)
Washington Valor (AFL) (2017–present)

The Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C.

Named after its sponsor, the telecommunications company Verizon Communications, the Verizon Center has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" by local media outlets and fans, because of its historical association with various telecommunications companies, such as MCI Inc. and Verizon. Located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Verizon Center sits atop the Gallery Place rapid transit station of the Washington Metro.

Overview[edit]

The Verizon Center is home to the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Georgetown University men's basketball team, the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Washington International Horse Show and was formerly the home of the Washington Power of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) from 2001 to 2002, and most recently the Washington Valor Arena Football League franchise.[7][8] The arena's seating capacity is 20,308 for basketball and 18,506 for ice hockey.[9]

The Verizon Center is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment and is situated on top of land leased from the District of Columbia. The Verizon Center was built in the mid-1990s solely with private financing and was originally owned by Abe Pollin from 1997 to June 2010. On June 10, 2010, following Pollin's death in November 2009, the Pollin family sold Verizon Center, along with the Washington Wizards and the Washington-Baltimore area Ticketmaster franchise, to Ted Leonsis, who already owned the arena's other tenant, the Washington Capitals. Leonsis subsequently formed a new management company—Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The Verizon Center is largely considered to be a commercial success and is regarded as one of the driving catalysts of the revitalization (and gentrification) of Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood.[10] A report emerged in May 2015 that Verizon would not renew its naming rights to the Verizon Center when its agreement with Monumental ends in 2018.[11][12] In the same week, it was announced that Etihad Airways signed a deal to become the official airline of the arena, sparking speculation that Etihad might be the leading contender to assume naming rights in 2017.[13]

History[edit]

The Verizon Center, located in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Chinatown, originally opened on December 2, 1997, as the MCI Center, named after its sponsor, MCI Inc. Nearly a decade later, in January 2006, Verizon Communications purchased MCI Inc. and the arena's name was changed accordingly.[10] The following year, in 2007, the "first true indoor high-definition LED scoreboard" was installed at the Verizon Center.[14] On December 2, 2007, the Verizon Center celebrated the ten year anniversary of its opening.[15] In December 2013, all electronic communications to and from the scoreboard and advertising fasciae were updated by ColosseoEAS.[16]

Role in Chinatown[edit]

When the arena opened there was concern[17] that it would lead to the displacement of Chinese businesses and culture [17] in the area that is the city's Chinatown. The surrounding area has indeed been dramatically gentrified, and most of the Chinese residents and businesses who lived and operated in the neighborhood when the arena first opened have been displaced because of the spike in real estate prices.[18] The Chinese population in Chinatown is a ghost of its former self—recent estimates hold that the number of Chinese in the neighborhood is down to around 400 to 500.[18] The Chinese-owned restaurants and businesses in the Chinatown area are largely gone and there has not been a full-service Chinese grocery in the neighborhood since 2005.[18] In their place, new residents and visitors to the area find an increasing number of mid-tier and upscale chains, such as Hooters, Fuddruckers and Legal Sea Foods.

Ice quality issues[edit]

In December 2007, then-Capitals captain Chris Clark gained a bit of press by stating that he believed the Verizon Center had the worst ice in the NHL. "There's a lot of ruts in the ice. It's soft. It's wet half the time. I could see a lot of injuries coming from the ice there. It could cost [players] their jobs... Even guys on other teams say the same thing. When we're facing off, they say, 'How do you guys play on this?'" Capitals owner Ted Leonsis addressed this criticism directly.[19] The ice quality issue has been persistent both since the opening of Verizon Center and with the Capitals franchise in general.[20] Since Leonsis' acquisition of Verizon Center, the quality of the ice has gotten better and number of complaints has noticeably decreased. During playoff games, the arena installs a system to help remove hot air and humidity to maintain the ice conditions during warmer times of the year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carrera, Katie (December 6, 2012). "Hershey Bears Play AHL Showcase at Verizon Center, Keeping Capitals Fans Entertained for One Night During NHL Lockout". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Verizon Center - Ellerbe Becket[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Bailey, W. Scott (December 6, 2002). "New S.A. Sports Firm Set to Play Pivotal Pole in Big NBA Projects". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Verizon Center". Delon Hampton & Associates. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "MCI Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ted Leonsis close to securing Arena Football League team to play at Verizon Center, Jonathan O'Connell and Dan Steinberg, Washington Post, February 10, 2016
  8. ^ Ted Leonsis to announce D.C. is getting an Arena Football League team, Scott Allen, The Washington Post, March 10, 2016
  9. ^ Heath, Thomas (November 25, 2004). "On Hockey Nights, A Center of Inactivity". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Name Change: MCI Center to be Verizon Center". ESPN. Associated Press. January 7, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hobson, Will. "Verizon still mulling whether to renew naming rights to Verizon Center". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "Report: Verizon will not renew arena naming rights". WUSA9. 
  13. ^ Clabaugh, Jeff. "Monumental Sports & Entertainment teams with international airline in sponsorship deal". Washington Business Journal. 
  14. ^ "Verizon Center Shows off "First True Indoor HD LED Scoreboard"". Engadget. September 28, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ Nakamura, David (December 2, 2007). "Verizon Center Marks 10th Anniversary". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.". ColosseoEAS. Jan 31, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Lowman, Stephen (January 28, 2009). "The Shrinking of Chinatown". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b c Nakamura, David (July 1, 2011). "Wah Luck House Maintains Culture of Dying D.C. Chinatown". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ Leonsis, Ted (December 6, 2007). "Toughness". Ted's Take. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  20. ^ Steinberg, Dan (February 10, 2009). "The Caps and Bad Ice: A History". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 

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