The Capitals’ training facility got a new name on Monday: the MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
MedStar replaces Kettler as the naming rights partner for the ice rink and team headquarters, which are situated on the top of Ballston Common Mall in Arlington.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex is getting a new name. It’s being renamed Medstar Capitals Iceplex as part of a new partnership between Monumental and the health care company. #Caps pic.twitter.com/n2msyB5jl0— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) July 30, 2018
The arena had been known as Kettler Capitals Iceplex since 2006.
MedStar’s naming rights deal for the Caps’ facility is for 10 years, Monumental Sports & Entertainment chairman Ted Leonsis said.
The new agreement is actually the extension of an existing relationship between MedStar and Monumental’s teams. In fact, the Caps fans have probably noticed that players have worn a MedStar patch on their practice jerseys for the past two seasons.
The healthcare company also now owns the naming rights to the Wizards’ new practice facility, which is being built in Southeast and is due to open this fall. That building — the MedStar Wizards Performance Center — will be home to Wizards, as well as the WNBA’s Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go.
Leonsis also said that as part of the agreement between MedStar and MSE, a ‘medical council’ will be created to help the various teams' athletes stay healthy and perform at their peak.
“We have so many different teams in so many different leagues with different demands on the athletes, [we decided] let’s create a council and bring all of the doctors, all of the wellness experts, all of our trainers together and share best practices, share that information and data, and frankly, try to use it to our competitive advantage,” Leonsis said. “We see the difference between winning and losing is so small in professional sports. A lot of times, it’s little things like how you recover in the second game of a back-to-back.”
The name change for the Caps’ facility is effective immediately. Kettler, meanwhile, will remain involved with MSE as a partner in another capacity.
RELATED: Meet every team in the NBA G League