The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg reports that Verizon Center is now Capital One Arena, and that Monumental Sports and Entertainment has finalized naming-rights negotiations for the arena.
In very important corporate brand awareness news, reports indicate that Verizon Center may be renamed Capital One Center when a new naming rights deal goes into place in 2018.
Maybe Ted Leonsis was on to something when he hinted at a possible move from Verizon Center last November.
Friday night, a WNBA game between the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun was postponed due to rain. The Verizon Center roof leaked water onto the court, causing slippery conditions that could not be overcome.
The Washington Capitals are opening their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs a day late. This is due to a previously scheduled concert at Verizon Center headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Wednesday night, the Peppers said they were sorry in the most Peppers way possible. The band saluted the Capitals during their encore.
Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, is at Verizon Center for the Caps-Rangers game tonight.
Giuliani was spotted by reader @madcaps, who snapped a picture of the politician on the lower concourse.
Wednesday night, the Verizon Center debuted another museum-esque addition that celebrates its hockey roots.
Right outside section 105, the Capitals unveiled a new display entitled Sticks of the Capitals, featuring game-used twigs from every Caps player.
Guys. I know it’s cool and all that last night the Caps set a new franchise record by beating the Yotes and that Ovi became the third player ever in NHL history to score 30 goals in each of his first twelve seasons, but something far more important happened.
There was a dog on the ice at Verizon Center.
Capitals fan Andrew Burk, who serves as the Vice President of Digital at FP1 Strategies, shared something amazing on his Twitter account Tuesday. Andrew and his fiancee Cassie were recently given access by his favorite hockey team to shoot their engagement photos at Verizon Center.
Like literally on the ice.
Sometimes there’s beauty in the unexpected.
Wednesday night before the Caps’ rivalry game against the Penguins, longtime anthem singer Caleb Green had his mic cut out. So the Verizon Center crowd sung the national anthem themselves.
This is awesome.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is considering a future move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current Verizon Center location. Over the past few months, Leonsis has added an Arena Football League team, an “e-sports” franchise, and a new streaming network to his portfolio along with continuing to lead the ownership group that controls the Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center. He is also now a part-owner of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the local TV channel that covers his teams.
Leonsis made a trip to the Washington Post building Wednesday and spoke to reporters about the possible move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current location.
“My inclination right now would be — it’s pretty awesome where we are. And I love what’s happened to [downtown] D.C.,” Leonsis said to Washington Post reporters. “But I don’t know what’s going to happen five, six, seven years from now…I will be a free agent. I mean, that hasn’t been lost on me.”
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