New Skating Mega-Facility For NoVa – Future Headquarters for the Washington Capitals?

Graphic: Train To Skate

The Washington Business Journal reported on Monday that plans to construct a new hockey mega-center in Loudoun County, Virginia have been “Green lit”. The state-of-the-art facility will quickly become one of the best in the country, so, the obvious question, Are the Capitals at all interested? 

“The 85,000-square-foot, $19.5 million ION International Training Center will initially feature two ice sheets — one National Hockey League size and the other Olympic figure skating size. The two-story building also will include a full-service gym, cafe, pro shop, medical room and hockey training room, among other amenities.”

The NHL-sized rink’s will be encircled by 4,200 seats, ideal for a pro franchise practice facility. But are the Capitals at all interested? So far there has been no direct comment from the team.

Last week Ted Leonsis stated in an interview with the Washington Post, that although downtown is an ideal location for the next game facility, he was open to researching other options, including suburban Northern Virginia and Maryland. Leonsis stated:

“My inclination right now would be — it’s pretty awesome where we are,” Leonsis said Wednesday, the morning of the Wizards’ 2016-17 home opener. “And I love what’s happened to [downtown] D.C. 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.”

One cornerstone for any top-tier NHL franchise is a state-of-the-art headquarters and practice facility. Skating facilities of the caliber being built in Loudoun County are not common, and will likely be at least a future consideration for Leonsis.

The dots are easy to connect, but at this point, that’s all they are, data points on the horizon.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to New Skating Mega-Facility For NoVa – Future Headquarters for the Washington Capitals?

  1. Michael Ferguson says:

    I live in Falls Church and it’s very easy to get to practice in Ballston. Why do pro teams here always feel they must migrate to Loudoun County?
    I guess it’s just business. Follow the money. Hope it doesn’t happen.

  2. Debbie M says:

    He will lose ALL his MD (well Baltimore Area) support if that happens. I’m a Partial Season Ticket holder and barely make faceoff now. VA would be out of the question. Will always be a CAPS FAN…just may no longer be able to be one in person.

  3. Richard-Casper Rushton says:

    If they don’t want it, please come to Hamilton New Zealand and build it hear.
    Looks cool.

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