The Signature Club & Lounge boasts a new culinary experience curated by José Andrés Group to debut in the 2023-24 NHL & NBA Seasons
Washington, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) has developed a new premium guest experience for events at Capital One Arena, the Signature Club & Lounge, set to debut this fall. A sleek modern lounge at the corner of 7th Street and Gallery Place offers early entry and exclusive access to the space ahead of Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards games. Membership also carries the privilege of presale priority for the hundreds of concerts and events at Capital One Arena – where mega artists like the Jonas Brothers, Drake and Bruce Springsteen perform.
Among the striking features across the Signature Club & Lounge is the food and beverage design, the latest in culinary artistry by José Andrés Group, the company from renowned chef and global humanitarian José Andrés, who has partnered with Aramark Sports + Entertainment, the award-winning hospitality provider for Capital One Arena, to delight guests.
The new Signature Club & Lounge will have a limited number of memberships to maintain an exceptionally high-quality experience for guests. Members may take advantage of a dedicated point-of-entry to the Signature Club to enjoy the very best in hospitality and then travel directly across the concourse to the Signature Cocktail Lounge within a redesigned mega-suite before heading to their seats. Member’s seat locations have been hand-selected for guests to be closest to center court/ice for 15 Wizards and 15 Capitals games in the first year, elevating to 20 games per team each season after. Members will also experience presale preference for any concert or event at the arena, with seats located with exceptional views of the artists and stage.
“We invite fans to become members of this exclusive club to enjoy a true VIP experience with first-class amenities for games, concerts and events,” said Jim Van Stone, President, Business Operations & Chief Commercial Officer at MSE. “We are excited to offer another high-value, high-quality experience for fans to enjoy time with family, friends, and colleagues and we expect it will drive businesses in search of a go-to destination in downtown D.C. to entertain clients.”
The nearly 5,000 square foot space has been designed by global architecture, design and planning firm, Gensler to be the new arrival point to the arena for Signature Club members and guests. Taking advantage of the visibility from 7th Street, the large amounts of glazing bring exterior light and activity into the space. With high ceilings and access directly to the 100-level concourse, this new premium space accentuates its unique placement with the largest seated bar in the arena. The new area will feature top-of-the-line finishes, color-changing lights, and ample gathering space for members on event and non-event days. Action stations will serve world-class food and beverages.
The new food and beverage concept in the club will combine the gastronomic genius of the José Andrés Group with inspiration from regional favorites. Due to this partnership, Capital One Arena will continue to be the destination for a heightened quality of food to match the exciting entertainment value created during the sports season and on and off the stage.
“Is there anything better than watching the Washington Wizards or Capitals at Capital One Arena? Our Penn Quarter restaurants have fed DC for over 30 years,” says José Andrés. “Now, we are going one step further and bringing an incredible dining experience to you while you enjoy an event, show or game at our new Signature Club & Lounge.”
“We are thrilled to announce this exciting partnership between José Andrés Group and Monumental Sports & Entertainment. This collaboration represents a powerful union of culinary excellence and sports and entertainment innovation,” says President Sam Bakhshandehpour. “Together, we aim to create unforgettable experiences that will delight and inspire our guests, fans, and the entire community.”
The Signature Club & Lounge joins a collection of premiums spaces with high-quality amenities in Capital One Arena including the Etihad Airways Lounge, Caesars Sportsbook Lounge, Ultra Club and Players Club for all sporting events, and the Michelob Ultra Courtside Lounge and Courtside Premium Lofts available for Wizards games.
More information about the Signature Club & Lounge, including membership availability and partnership opportunities, is available at monumentalsports.com/signatureclub.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is America’s leading sports and entertainment family. Our people, players, teams, and events bring excitement and joy to millions. We invest and innovate to consistently raise the game so we can deliver extraordinary experiences that will inspire and unite our community, our fans, and our people. To learn more, please visit www.monumentalsports.com.
About José Andrés Group
José Andrés Group (JAG) is the creative team behind renowned dining concepts and the dynamic media company named for Chef and Founder José Andrés. Originally conceived as ThinkFoodGroup with co-founder Rob Wilder, and now led together with President Sam Bakhshandehpour, the newly named company reflects the breadth of its mission to change the world through the power of food, through its innovative restaurants and thoughtful storytelling across multi-media platforms. With over thirty restaurant concepts in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orlando, and Washington D.C, The Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates, José Andrés Restaurants offer culinary experiences that span from food trucks to world-class tasting menus, including the two Michelin starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2021, José Andrés Media was created to share how food connects people around the world. The production company specializes in unscripted and scripted television series, books, podcasts, and digital short- and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters, and the culture of food. José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, and humanitarian, twice named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation as well as the inaugural “American Express Icon Award” by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. For more information, visit www.joseandres.com.
About Aramark Sports + Entertainment
Aramark Sports + Entertainment serves more than 150 award-winning food and beverage, retail, and facility service programs in premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers, cultural attractions, performance venues, and unique entertainment destinations across North America. The company has received accolades for industry innovations including autonomous markets, dining concepts powered by artificial intelligence, and high-profile events like NBA All-Star and MLB at Field of Dreams. In 2021, Aramark entered into a strategic collaboration with the Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurant Organization, led by entrepreneur and James Beard Award-winning restaurateur, Stephen Starr, which will bring the renowned culinary visionary’s highly sought-after concepts to clients throughout Aramark Sports + Entertainment’s portfolio. Aramark has been recognized on FORTUNE’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and “Top Companies for Employee Resource Groups,” Newsweek’s list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2023,” the HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” and scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.