For the second time in just 11 years, the Washington Wizards' home arena has undergone a name change. No longer will they play at the Verizon Center. Instead, it will be known as Capital One Arena. That may take some getting used to.
It feels strange to do a full retrospective on a building that isn't closing. All they are doing is changing the name. That shouldn't mean much to fans other than the building's facade in Chinatown looking a little different. That said, the Wizards had some good memories at the 'Verizon Center.' Consider these notes...
*The Wizards made the playoffs six times in the 12 seasons they played at the Verizon Center. They made the postseason just once in the eight years it was called the MCI Center.
*In 2007, the first ever indoor HD, LED scoreboard was unveiled at the Verizon Center.
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*John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter have each played every one of their NBA home games at the Verizon Center.
*The last NBA game played at the arena under the name Verizon Center ended with Wall beating the Celtics on a game-winning shot in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 playoffs.
*Wall holds the record for the most points scored at the Verizon Center with 52 against the Magic on Dec. 6, 2016. The most points scored by a Wizards opponent at the Phone Booth was Stephen Curry, who dropped 51 points on Feb. 3, 2016.
*The most points scored by the Wizards as a team at the Verizon Center was 136 against the Kings on Jan. 11, 2011. The most points scored by any team was 140 by the Cavaliers in the overtime classic on Feb. 6, 2017.
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*The last time the arena changed names it happened during the regular season for the Wizards and Capitals in 2006.
Now that the building will be known as Capital One Arena, it needs a nickname. The Verizon Center was the 'Phone Booth,' as mentioned above, and that was a good one. What should we call Capital One Arena?
Plenty of suggestions have been thrown out on Twitter from 'Cap One' to 'the ATM' to 'the Cap Center.' Others include 'the Bank' and 'the Vault.' Surely we can do better than those, but nicknames are hard.