Formerly known as the MCI Center, this Penn Quarter/Chinatown sports and entertainment arena is home to a few of Washington’s top teams: the Wizards and Mystics (basketball), and the Capitals (hockey). Formally sponsored by telecommunications giant MCI (1997-2006) and now sponsored by Verizon Communications, the arena is often locally referred to, tongue-in-cheek, as the “Phone Booth.”
In addition to games, matches and bouts, the Verizon Center regularly hosts the biggest musical acts in the world, as well as ice skating shows, the circus, and equestrian and wrestling events.
While several of the Center’s restaurants and nightlife options are privately reserved for their own members, there are a few public eateries and/or bars on site: Hard Times Café (concession stands), The Clubhouse and The Greene Turtle (both sports-focused cocktail bars), and Dunkin’ Donuts. Additionally, the Center is set amidst two of the most condensed commercial districts in the city, with a slew of nearby restaurants and bars from which to choose.
The Verizon Center has its own multi-level dedicated parking lot, open
only for concerts (not sports events) for a charge of $27. Otherwise,
the building is surrounded by street parking and several public lots,
and is set atop the Metrorail’s Gallery Place station, which serves the
Green, Red, and Yellow Lines.
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