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Verizon Center, Washington DC

(4.1/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Home to several professional sports teams, including the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals, Verizon Center also hosts an array of other sports, shows, activities, and events. Head to a game, concert, or exhibition, admire the 20,000 seats, and indulge in the stadium's array of food facilities. Be sure to check the venue's exhibition schedule for information about any games or events going on during your visit. If you plan to drive, you can even reserve parking spots for associated lots ahead of time via the facility's internet service; alternatively, get to the center by riding the local metro to the stop underneath the complex. Add Verizon Center and other attractions to your Washington DC trip itinerary using our Washington DC vacation route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Very typical arena for sports, concerts and large gatherings. Good sound system, but the seating is very tight. Seats are high enough above the next row so there is little view obstruction, but that m...  more »
  • Went to the Verizone centre to see the inaugural home game of the arena football and totally enjoyed it. Took seats in area 415 at $10 each and was surprised how good they were...  more »
  • Great time here at the Verizon Center in Chinatown, DC. Suite 333 Lexus level where the living really IS easy. Comfy seats...free food and drinks. This box could be a little closer to the stage for 5 ...  more »
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  • I've never had a bad time here. Great arena, helpful and friendly staff. The food is overpriced but that's to be expected. I've sat in every section and several of the private suites (only for Wizards and Mystics games) and the experience is consistent everywhere. The staff does everything to make sure you enjoy your experience regardless of your ticket price. I'd also like to suggest supporting the Mystics as tickets are dirt cheap, the games are more exciting than people are willing to admit, and their games are usually empty so parking isn't an issue for their games. (Take the metro and leave the car at home if you're coming to a Wizards game).
  • I happened to be in town so decided to watch a Wizards game (I am an NBA fan and have been to several other locations), and as I entered the arena, the staff stopped me and said "you have to say "Excuse me"". I was like "what?" and he looked down on us and insisted that I must say "excuse me" as I pass by people, trying to teach me how to behave as if he would do to 6 year olds, in a stern, authoritative tone. There was wide enough space for me to pass and I wasn't even close to anyone to make anybody uncomfortable. Besides, who was he to teach me the etiquette? His job was to guide me to my seat but instead he seemed to think that his role was to police around. This completely ruined my experience and made me feel very uncomfortable during my stay. The other staff members I interacted with (security, shops, food stands) were generally unfriendly too, and it was so unusual and opposite of what other reviews said (maybe they haven't been to other venues to learn what it's like to be treated as a fan), that I almost felt like this was some race issue, with the time being what it is. As we exited the arena, a large number of people used escalators and this made it a little dangerous as at one point, the line got clogged up at the end of the escalator run with more people running into us from behind. I think they should just turn the escalators off when a large crowd is exiting the arena after the game. In any case, the arena was pretty empty and quiet (understandably, looking at how they treated us), even considering it was a Wednesday night, so even though it was a blowout win, there weren't enough fans to make much noise. Which is kind of a shame because it was a clean, well-structured building that's situated in a hot spot in downtown. I am never returning to this place.
  • I cannot get enough of Verizon Center. We go regularly for Caps games. The facility is amazing and well maintained. As few of the concourse food staff could be a little nicer but 95% of them are awesome. :)
  • Great for basketball. But it gets cold because hockey games here too. Lots of food options and movie theater and shops right in block. Parking on street is limited on event nights. Come early.
  • This is a nice arena, pretty clean, it has good amenities and view angles. I went for the Capitols opening game (2016) and I had a great time. The location is great , in the middle of Chinatown. there are plenty of restaurants in the area and its within walking distance for all the NW.