The new Entertainment and Sports Arena project is much bigger than basketball. While it is true that this venue will serve as the new home court for the WNBA Washington Mystics and the practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards, the estimated 118,000-square foot, 5,000-seat facility will become be a year round destination within the city for residents and visitors alike.
The arena will act as an important catalyst for transforming and revitalizing Ward 8, which has been an overlooked neighborhood in DC for far too long. Community benefits will extend far beyond the arena walls and neighborhood revitalization to include construction & permanent jobs, paid summer youth programs, apprentice opportunities, jobs shadowing opportunities and much more. It is estimated that the arena will make a $90 million economic impact over 20 years. Support us in building a bridge to Ward 8 and ensuring that this project remains #BiggerThanBasketball.
Upcoming Community Meeting
Coalition Benefit Agreement Meetings:
1. Tuesday, August 2nd – 7:00 PM, Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center (CHACC) – Arts & Culture
2. Wednesday, August 10th – 2:00 P.M. R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center – Seasoned Seniors Concerns
3. Wednesday, August 10th – 6:30 P.M. R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center - Small Business Participation/ Entrepreneurship
4. Saturday, August 13th – 1:00 P.M. The Pavilion - Community Outreach: Preservation, Environment, Development, Homelessness, etc.)
5. Monday, August 15th – 6:30 PM, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center – Chair of Chairs Meeting
6. Monday, September 19th – 6:30 PM, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center – Final Coalition Benefit Agreement Meeting
This project is much bigger than basketball. While it is true that this venue will serve as the new home court for the WNBA Washington Mystics and the practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards, the estimated 118,000-square foot, 5,000-seat facility will actually be a year round destination within the city for residents and visitors alike.
As part of a broader redevelopment effort, the new Entertainment & Sports Arena project includes plans for new retailers, restaurants, and housing adjacent to the Congress Heights Metro. New shopping and dining options coupled with new residents will breathe vital life and as an important catalyst for transforming this neighborhood.
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities.
Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.