The National Hockey League (NHL) awarded Washington, D.C. with an expansion franchise in 1972, which became the Washington Capitals in 1974. Washington has qualified for the playoffs 32 times – including the team’s Stanley Cup championship in 2018, the run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998 and three Presidents’ Trophy-winning teams (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17), symbolic of the NHL’s best regular-season record.
The Washington Wizards franchise originated in 1961 as the Chicago Packers and has also been known as the Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets and Washington Bullets. Renamed again prior to the 1997-98 season, the Wizards opened play that year at a state-of-the-art arena, currently named Capital One Arena, in downtown Washington. With 17 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame having played for the franchise, the team has qualified for postseason play 30 times, with four trips to the NBA Finals, and reached the pinnacle of the NBA in 1978 by winning the NBA Championship in seven games against Seattle.
The Washington Mystics entered into history on Nov. 11, 1997, when the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced that Washington, D.C., would join the league for the 1998 season as one of the first expansion cities. The Mystics have made the playoffs numerous times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019). In 2018, the team matched its best regular season record (22-12) while earning their first trip to the WNBA Finals. In 2019, the Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship. Washington has been the host city for the 2002 and 2007 All-Star Games.
Capital City Go-Go
The Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards’ NBA G League affiliate, play at the state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The Go-Go were the the 27th member of the NBA G League when they debuted in the 2018-2019 season, and the first to ever be owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The NBA G League, formerly the NBA Development League or NBA D-League, is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.
Wizards District Gaming
Wizards District Gaming is a professional NBA 2K League team based in Washington, DC that began play in 2018 in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, a joint venture between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive. The League features the best 2K players in the world and currently boasts 21 teams across North America. Games are live streamed on Twitch.
A new esports-focused sub-brand that aims to help foster the growth of the NHL competitive gaming community and create visibility for hockey’s esports scene. Caps Gaming will host the Caps Gaming Showcase – a 32-team, 6v6 EA Sports NHL competition on Xbox One. Top NHL esports pro John “JohnWayne” Casagranda is an official streamer for Caps Gaming.
Team Liquid is a world renowned professional gaming organization established in 2000. With over 60 championship caliber athletes in 14 of the world’s top games, Team Liquid is synonymous with success. Beyond fielding an esports team, Team Liquid is also a media enterprise encompassing 1UP Studios (video content production company), Liquipedia (an esports wiki network), and Liquid Media (an esports influencer management agency).
The Hershey Bears are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals. Based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Bears organization serves as the primary development club for the Capitals since the 2005-06 season. In June 2023, the Bears won the franchise’s 12th Calder Cup and fifth championship as Capitals’ top affiliate.
Capital One Arena
Capital One Arena is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to two professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals. MSE also oversees management of MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, Capital One Arena sits at the heart of a $9.2 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., since 1997 when the arena opened.
Located on the campus of Northern Virginia’s George Mason University, the EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts Mason men’s and women’s basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena since its opening in 1985.
District E Powered By Ticketmaster
Located in Gallery Place across from Capital One Arena, District E Powered by Ticketmaster is MSE’s nearly 14,000 square-feet live-event theater offering a 365-day-a-year series of immersive experiences in esports, music, event programming, and community events. The venue creates a best-in-class competition and training venue for the esports franchises Monumental owns, operates, and invests in, including Wizards District Gaming, Caps Gaming, District Elite and Team Liquid.
Guy Fieri’s DC Kitchen + Bar
With this expansion of Caesars Sportsbook at Capital One Arena in 2022, Caesars and Monumental Sports introduced celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s first full-service restaurant to Washington, D.C. with Guy Fieri’s Downtown D.C. Kitchen + Bar. Sports fans can now enjoy an elevated culinary experience with scratch-made food, signature and classic drinks, and a large selection of beer and wine in addition to an industry-leading sports betting experience. Along with Guy Fieri x D.C. decor, the menu features some of Fieri’s personal favorites including the award-winning Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheeseburger and the legendary Trash Can Nachos.
MedStar Capitals Iceplex
MedStar Capitals Iceplex, a state-of-the-art facility located atop the Ballston Common Mall Parking Garage in Arlington, Virginia, is the official home of the NHL Washington Capitals. Capitals practices are held at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and are open to the public and free of charge.
In addition to the 20,000 square foot training center for the Washington Capitals, the Iceplex features two indoor NHL-sized ice rinks, office space, locker rooms, a full-service ProShop, a Capitals Team Store, a snack bar, and space for special events.MedStar Capitals IcePlex is the only year round indoor ice rink in the Washington DC area that is metro accessible and is located inside the beltway.
Capitals practices are held at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and are open to the public and free of charge.
MedStar Health Performance Center
The $65 million new basketball training facility, located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., for the Wizards, Mystics and Go-Go, is the MedStar Health Performance Center. Via the partnership with MedStar, the new facility expands Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s footprint to the Anacostia community. The 118,000-square foot, 4,200-seat facility will be a year-round destination within the city for residents and visitors alike. The venue will be operated and managed by Events DC, the District’s convention and sports authority.
Monumental Sports Network
Monumental Sports Network is wholly–owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE). The network holds exclusive local television media rights for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics games. Monumental Sports Network is also the TV and digital home to the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go and the NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content and original sports and entertainment programming. The network also boasts the most comprehensive regional high-school and regional collegiate Division II-and-under sports programming in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. For more visit: https://www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/
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