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Verizon Center Stadium MCI Center Washington, D.C.
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about Verizon Center


The Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, is a sports and entertainment arena, located in downtown Washington, D.C. Home to the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, the Georgetown University men's basketball team, the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Washington International Horse Show, it has a seating capacity of 20,308 for basketball and 18,506 for hockey.

Named after its sponsor, the telecommunications company Verizon Communications, the Center has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" by locals, because of its historical association with various telecommunications companies, such as MCI Inc. Originally opened on December 2, 1997, the Verizon Center became a commercial and cultural success and is regarded as one of the driving catalysts of the revitalization and gentrification of Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood.

The venue has hosted a multitude of high-profile events in its history, ranging from the 1998 Stanley Cup Final to the NBA (2001) and WNBA (2002, 2007) All-Star games to the 2003 World Figure Skating Championship, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament (1998, 2002, 2008) as well as the second and third rounds (2011), the 2006 Washington Regional Round and the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four men's hockey championship.

Entertainment at the arena would not be complete without concerts and family shows ranging from all-time greats to current-day chart-topping artists. Some of the artists who have roamed the halls and mastered the stage at Verizon Center include: U2, Justin Timberlake, The Three Tenors, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Jeff Dunham, Christina Aguilera, Disney on Ice and WWE.

Averaging about 220 events a year, the Verizon Center DC has something everyone in the family can enjoy.


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