Monumental Sports & Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis recently wrote a letter to the public on Jan. 25 explaining his proposal to move the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals as well as front office operations from the District to the Potomac Yard neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.
Included in his letter were his intentions regarding the Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) in Ward 8, where the Washington Mystics and the G-League basketball team Capital City Go-Go play their home games, and where the Wizards practice. He noted Events DC, the convention, sports and entertainment agency of the District government, schedules other events at the ESA, as well as acts as the facility’s owners.
Leonsis also noted “women’s sports are ascendent, experiencing significant growth.”
“The Mystics regularly sell out their home games,” he said. “Unfortunately, the Mystics and its dedicated fan base are outgrowing the Entertainment and Sports Arena. While I recently stated that I would like the opportunity, if the city agreed, to eventually move the Washington Mystics home games to Capital One Arena, while maintaining the facility at St. Elizabeths East as the practice facility and headquarters for the team, we have no intention of abandoning the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Go-Go will continue to play their home games there, and the Mystics will also continue to play their home games there unless the city agrees, in the future that the city and the team would be better served by having this ascendent team play in a larger arena (Capital One Arena).”
James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington…
More by James Wright Jr.
Source: Washington Informer