BREAKING NEWS: Verizon Center will be Renamed Capital One Arena, Effective Immediately


The sports arena located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. has a new name now. Monumental Sports and Entertainment announced Wednesday morning that Verizon Center will now be called Capital One Arena

While the signage and branding makeover won’t be finished until the fall, there is already a new logo for the arena.

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Photo: Monumental Sports

Capital One Arena is the third name for the building on 7th and F Street. The building opened as the MCI Center in 1997 and became the Verizon Center in 2006. The Verizon naming right’s deal was set to expire in 2018 but Capital One’s involvement had an influence in the sudden change.

With “the phone booth” no longer a nickname for the building, what will be the new nickname fans start calling it? The Capital Center? The ATM? Cap Arena? We will find out this fall.

Washington, D.C. — Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) and Capital One today announced that Capital One will become the new naming rights partner for the arena in downtown Washington, which hosts over 220 concerts, shows and events a year, including the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Valor, Washington Wizards and Georgetown men’s basketball. The partnership of these two prominent local companies underscores their deep commitment to the continued economic growth and development of Washington, D.C. where they are both headquartered, and where Monumental employs 4,000 full and part-time employees and vendors. It also reinforces the unique position that Washington, D.C. holds and the role the D.C. market plays as a center for global influence and a platform for business-to-business and business-to-government connections, offering opportunities that can’t be replicated anywhere else. The arena will be called Capital One Arena beginning immediately, with the full signage and branding shift to occur in fall 2017.

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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4 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: Verizon Center will be Renamed Capital One Arena, Effective Immediately

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Something must have gone awry with Verizon. Maybe the early announcement of new name starting in 2019. Welcome to “The ATM!”

    Liked by 1 person

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  4. Can’t wait to go to games at the Cap Center


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