Verizon Center is Dead; Long Live Capital One Arena

WASHINGTON — You know that guy who still calls the major sporting arena in downtown Washington, D.C., the “MCI Center,” even though MCI went bankrupt in 2003 (and was acquired by Verizon in 2006)?

Well, you’re all about to become that guy, because the venue that became the Verizon Center in 2006 is now officially Capital One Arena. The old Verizon Center signage was diminished to a pile of rubble on the sidewalks of Chinatown on Thursday afternoon (as captured on social media):

A post shared by John Cochran (@jhncchrn) on

Pour a little out for memories, both bitter and bittersweet, witnessed at the former Verizon Center. Get used to saying the words Capital One Arena, while hoping that people know what you’re talking about.

Or forget about ever changing and just call it the MCI Center, home of the Washington Bullets.

(Editor’s Note: Yes, I’m aware that the Bullets never played there.)

 

 

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