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“Good Venue”
Review of Capital One Arena

Capital One Arena
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The arena is home to the AFL's Washington Valor, NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team. Boasting an average of 220 events per year, Capital One Arena is the heart of a $9.2 billion redevelopment that began 19 years ago when the arena was built and opened on Dec. 2, 1997. Since then the privately financed arena has hosted 47 million people and more than 3,915 events.
Reviewed November 28, 2013

We go here a couple of times a month for Caps games during hockey season. Personally, I've never seen the area dirty and there has always been plenty of security outside the center during games. It's in a city, so take the usual precautions, but don't get paranoid.

The venue itself is in China Town and there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. Yes, inside and out, refreshments are going to be pricey. I haven't seen a sports or entertainment venue that isn't.

Others have mentioned the two convenient metro stops right there, so it's very easy to get to. We always take Metro, so I can't speak for the parking garage.

Inside is always clean. Bathrooms are well taken care of at all times. I've never seen a dirty one. We often get nosebleed seats and the view is great.

One caveat. The seats, while comfortable are tiered to a point that if the people in front of you lean forward, your view of the ice can be blocked by up to half. This is always announced in the beginning, but people often don't hear it or choose to ignore it. Do Not Lean Forward Through the Entire Game.

Security is high here and like other places you will get scanned. It's non-invasive and quick.They haven't yet gone the way of the NFL and you can take a bag in, just be prepared to have it checked.

I haven't been to a concert here, but I'm sure even in the higher level seats, you'll have a good view.

Thank 357KathyW
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Easy to get to via Metro, not a bad seat in the house whether you're here for hockey or a concert. Beer selection and the taps working is hit or miss though.

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Verizon center is a great building for sporting events and concerts. You will find lots of seating that is suprisingly comfortable even in the nosebleed's. It's right next to the chinatown metro station on the red line which is very nice. Plenty of restaurant's and shops surround the center place so you can keep busy or even grab a bite to eat. I would suggest a few things:

A) Plan accordingly when going to whatever event you have tickets for. Foot traffic can be difficult to maneuver through.
B) If you drive here, also make sure you have directions. It's very easy to get lost when trying to find the parking lot.
C) Watch out for the younger teens camping out in the street. They sometimes like to start trouble. But this is not as much of a problem these days.
D) Bring plenty of $$ if you plan on eating inside the verizon center. A beer and hot dog will cost you around 20.00 during a sporting event. However, anyone visiting a sporting event has been exposed to this already.

Overall, It's a great building with plenty of things to do!

Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

located in Chinatown, metro station is 200 meters, is located in the McDonald's and that's awful dirty and forget that it exists, the center is functional and surprisingly large, many interesting restaurants in the area, you can enjoy after the event ....

Thank Bane P
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Verizon Center hosts a variety of activities and last night I was attended the Muse concert. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better they've gotten at keeping the bathrooms cleaned up and stocked, the food options and prices are quite varied and you can always find a place to get an adult beverage. I'm not crazy about their bottlecap policy, however, one bad apple spoiled it for us all by throwing a lid at a performer onstage and those things can be quite painful.

Thank GingerSfromMD
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