Capital Centre

Capital Centre
Location1 Harry S Truman Dr
Landover, MD 20785
Opened1973
Closed1997
Demolished2002
OwnerWashington Sports & Entertainment (Abe Pollin)
Former namesUSAir Arena (1993–97)
US Airways Arena (1997)
Tenants
Washington Bullets/Wizards (1973-97)
Washington Capitals (1974–97)
Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA) (1980–97)
Washington Warthogs (CISL) (1994–1997)
Capacity
18,756 (basketball)
18,130 (hockey)
The Capital Centre (also briefly known as US Airways Arena and USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland; a suburb of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball and 18,130 for hockey. It was renamed for corporate sponsor US Airways in 1993, but reverted back to its original name of Capital Centre after the airline dropped naming rights.

The arena was the home of the Washington Wizards of the NBA from 1973–97, the Washington Capitals of the NHL from 1974-97 and the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team from 1981–97. The Wizards were known as the Bullets until 1997, and played the first 5 games of the 1997-98 NBA season at the old arena [1] All three teams departed for the MCI Center (now Verizon Center) just north of The Mall in D.C. when it opened on December 2, 1997. The Capital Centre hosted its first NBA game exactly 24 years earlier on December 2, 1973, with the home team defeating the same visiting team, the Seattle Supersonics. During November 1973, the Capital Bullets held their home games at nearby Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

The ACC men's basketball tournament was held there in 1976, 1981, and 1987. The 1980 NBA All-Star Game and 1982 NHL All-Star Game were held there, as was the WWF's Survivor Series 1995.

The Washington/Maryland Commandos of the Arena Football League also called the arena home from 1987 to 1990. The Maryland Arrows, Washington Wave and Washington Power lacrosse teams used the arena, as did The Washington Warthogs professional indoor soccer team.

The video documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot was created by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn in 1986 in the parking lot outside this venue. It documents the heavy metal fans waiting on May 31, 1986 for a Judas Priest concert (with special guests Dokken). When the documentary was filmed, the venue was still named the Capital Centre.

The venue was a longtime favorite of music acts including the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Kiss (band). (Both volumes of the Kiss retrospective DVDs "Kissology" have included bonus DVDs of late-'70s shows taped at the Capital Centre.)

The Capital Centre was home to several Toys for Tots concerts in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The arena was imploded on December 15, 2002 to make way for The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, a town center-style shopping mall.

Legacy

The Capital Centre was the first indoor arena to have a video replay screen on its center-hung scoreboard. The video screen was known as the "Telscreen" and predated the DiamondVision video screen at Dodger Stadium by seven years. It was also the first arena to be built with luxury boxes and a computerized turnstile system.

The Centre also had one of the NBA's most notorious fans, Robin Ficker, who for twelve seasons sat behind the visiting team's bench and heckled opposing players.

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Preceded by
Baltimore Civic Center
Home of the
Washington Bullets

1973–1997
Succeeded by
MCI Center
Preceded by
none
Home of the
Washington Capitals

1974–1997
Succeeded by
MCI Center
Preceded by
McDonough Gymnasium
Home of the
Georgetown Hoyas

1981–1997
Succeeded by
MCI Center
Abe Pollin (born December 3, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the current owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards, and former owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics.

Pollin graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Washington Wizards

Conference Eastern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1961
History Chicago Packers
1961-1962
Chicago Zephyrs
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Baltimore Bullets
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Washington Capitals

Conference Eastern
Division Southeast
Founded 1974
History Washington Capitals
1974 - present
Home Arena Verizon Center
City Washington, D.C.
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The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. Hoyas (the name means "what" or "such") participate in the NCAA's Division I Big East Conference in 26 sports and the Division I-AA Patriot League in football.
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The Washington Warthogs were a professional indoor soccer team in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. They played their home games in the US Airways Arena in Landover, Maryland, an arena they shared with the Washington Capitals and Washington Bullets.
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Sport indoor soccer
Founded 1989
No. of teams high of 15
Country(ies)  United States and  Mexico

Ceased 1997
Last champion(s) N/A

The Continental Indoor Soccer League
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Landover is an area of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. It is an unincorporated area, with no official status, but the United States Census Bureau considers it a part of the Greater Landover census-designated place.
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Founded 1939 (as All-American Aviation)
Hubs Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport
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Washington Wizards

Conference Eastern Conference
Division Southeast Division
Founded 1961
History Chicago Packers
1961-1962
Chicago Zephyrs
1962-1963
Baltimore Bullets
1963-1972
Capital Bullets
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Sport Basketball
Founded 1946
No. of teams 30
Country(ies)  United States
 Canada

Most recent champion(s) San Antonio Spurs

TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV
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Washington Capitals

Conference Eastern
Division Southeast
Founded 1974
History Washington Capitals
1974 - present
Home Arena Verizon Center
City Washington, D.C.
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1917
No. of teams 30
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States

Most recent champion(s) Anaheim Ducks

TV partner(s) CAN: CBC, TSN, RDS, RIS, RSN (regional)
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The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. Hoyas (the name means "what" or "such") participate in the NCAA's Division I Big East Conference in 26 sports and the Division I-AA Patriot League in football.
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Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. The name of the arena was previously MCI Center, but when MCI was acquired by Verizon, the name was changed to "Verizon Center
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