The Verizon Center: Home of the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are professional basketball players based in Washington, D.C., United states of America. They play their home matches at Verizon Center, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Verizon Center was named after its sponsor Verizon Company. They are also part of the Southeast division of NBA. You can buy cheap Wizards tickets online.
Verizon Center, owned by Monumental Sports and Entertainment, was formerly known as MCI Center. It is also locally known as the “Phone Booth’’ nickname named by the locals. The nickname was got through its historical association with different Telecommunication Companies. It was built in the mid-1990s and was originally opened on December 2nd, 1997 as MCI Center by Abe Pollin as the real owner to June 2010. Following Pollin death in 2009, Pollin’s family decided to sell the property to Ted Leonsis along with Washington Wizard and Washington-Baltimore space Ticketmaster franchise. The arena sits atop of the Gallery Place rapid transit station of Washington Metro and on top of a land leased from District of Columbia. Later on Leonsis formed a new management company called Monumental Sports and Entertainment which manages all the affairs.
The Verizon Center is also a home for Washington Capital, the Washington Mystics of WNBA, Georgetown University men’s basketball team, the Washington International Horse Show, and from 2001 and 2002 it was the former home of the Was hington Power of the National Lacrosse League. It has a siting capacity of 20,308 for cheap wizard’s tickets and 18,508 for hockey fans. There is ample parking in case you have a car.
Since the opening of the center, a number of concerns immerged. Most of the Chinese and businesses were displaced. The area has dramatically been renovated resulting in sharp rise in real estate price. New residents and visitors find increased number of mid-tier and up-scale chains like Legal Sea Foods, Hooters and Fuddruckers. The Chinese culture has deteriorated.
Since the acquisition of the Verizon Arena by Leonsis, there has been a lot of improvements on the property. The ice quality has been improved. There are installed systems that help remove humidity to sustain the ice conditions during summer.
Verizon Center also hosts prestigious and entertaining shows like concerts, MMA and boxing fights and several ice skating competitions.
In case you are a Washington Wizard fan and happen to be in Washington, D.C., you can go and watch one of their matches and catch the thrill.