With New Building Name and Renovations, Ted Leonsis is Changing the Game

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Technology and the world around us is changing and evolving and the most successful sports owner in the DMV area is embracing these changes. Even though the newly named Capital One Arena will still be the same building that was once called the Verizon Center, things will look and feel quite different within and you can thank Ted Leonsis for that

Leonsis is known to many as the owner of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NBA’s Washington Wizards. But for those of us who follow sports regularly in this region, he is known for much more than that. In addition to owning TWO of the “Big Four” teams (Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, D.C. United) in D.C., Leonsis is the founder of Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) and the owner of the Washington Mystics (WNBA), Washington Valor and the Baltimore Brigade (both are arena football teams).

Now think about that for a second. When one does the math, that’s FIVE professional sports teams he owns, plus a company that oversees them all. This could overwhelm some people, but not Mr. Leonsis. Now, Leonsis is turning to fans and patrons to enhance the gameday experience.

Yesterday when the news of the name change for Capital One Arena broke, Leonsis and MSE announced a separate, independent $40 million infusion into the same building with a different name. He gave more detail in his blog Ted’s Take.

“Part of this investment includes further developing cutting-edge technology that allows us to better serve our fans. Our new Monumental360 program, for example, will provide us with data that will give us a better understanding of our fans’ preferences and interests, which will allow us to deliver an improved and more personalized fan experience,” said Leonsis. “A new point-of-sale system will have many benefits and is designed to create a swifter, smoother experience in the arena. The new system also will allow us to do creative things like provide concession and merchandise discounts for those with a Capital One credit card.”

I’ve attended various sporting events throughout my lifetime. I’ve experienced both the good and not so good as far as fan experience is concerned. As a journalist, I don’t like to use the word fan to describe myself anymore, so I’ll just say from the outside looking in, it looks like it’s refreshing having an owner (of multiple teams even) not only listening to the fans, but using technology to learn their habits.

Same building, but different name and feel. That’s what’s coming this fall.

By Michael Marzzacco

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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5 Responses to With New Building Name and Renovations, Ted Leonsis is Changing the Game

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Ted’s been fairly public about inheriting a very poor lease deal on the building. It will be interesting to see what happens when the lease expires, as the building is already 20 years old.

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  3. Jim says:

    Most overrated owner in pro sports. Same number of rings as Dan Snyder with many more opportunities given multiple teams.

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  4. An owner putting the fans at the top of his priority list. I like it

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