But now, for the first time in 282 days, a sporting event is returning to Capital One Arena. On Friday, the Washington Wizards announced it would be playing a preseason game with no fans against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, December 17. The two teams will match up again two days later before the regular season starts.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 27, 2020
The exhibition will be the first game at Capital One Arena since a Wizards-Knicks game on March 10, which Washington won 122-115. The Washington Capitals played its final game at COA on March 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps lost 5-2.
Would be first pro sporting events back at Capital One Arena since March
— Ben Raby (@BenRaby31) November 27, 2020
While the NHL still tries to plot its way forward, the NBA is moving full speed ahead on its 2020-21 season and will not be returning to its Orlando bubble. Teams will be hosting games at their own arenas. The tip-off is December 22 and each NBA franchise will play 72 games. Only four teams thus far will be allowed to have some fans at games: the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Memphis Grizzlies.
While Capital One Arena hasn’t hosted a game in nearly a year, it has served as a polling place for the November presidential election and a workplace for John Walton as the play-by-play announcer called Capitals’ playoff games from the Toronto bubble on location.
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