This trip to Capital One Arena was my typical unexpected adventure as I had no intentions to attend before my arrival in The District. When checking the local events in the area for the weekend, I came across a matchup between the Indiana Fever and the Washington Mystics.
Since I had never witnessed a WNBA game live, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to add this to my list of events attended. This event was also the first game in the newly renamed Capital One Arena (formally Verizon Center).
Here are my thoughts on Capital One Arena.
As I observed on my previous adventures to this arena, The Chinatown location is the biggest attraction. The number of restaurants and historic buildings in the area bring out people in droves to the area.
The easy flow of traffic in the area makes it easy to get in and out of the area. The parking prices are also very reasonable at Capital One Arena. The parking deck across the street charges $17 for parking.
The ticket pricing was amazing at Capital One Arena. There were a large number of 100 level seats for under $20. The arena staff was very accommodating and made sure you enjoyed every moment inside of the arena.
The team DJ kept the energy up in the building as the crowd was heavily involved in the game. There were several fan interaction moments that got the entire crowd on their feet. This came in handy during an extended delay that saw both team have a dance battle at center court.
The lack of regional support is the biggest drawback. The team put on a great show as they won the game and scored 100 points in the process. The low attendance is something that really bothered me and left me confused as to why.
There is either a lack of marketing prowess by the team management or the fans just don’t believe in the product. The minimal amount of signage and representation for the team inside the arena stood out and left you wondering on why the management doesn’t market the team better.
The limited availability of concessions was also noticeable during the game. On previous visits for Wizards games, every concession stand in the building was open for service. During this visit, they only had roughly 25% of the concessions open. As an individual who makes it a point to purchase the home teams souvenir cup, I was disappointed to see the arena selling Wizards souvenir cups instead of Mystics cups.
There was a heavy rain the night of the game I attended which caused the roof to leak. During this time, the game was delayed for over and hour. The team assisted with making the time go by but it still extended game to a 3.5 hour contest.
Overall Game Day Experience
I would give the Washington Mystics experience at Capital One Arena a 7 out of 10. The location is nice as it provides great access to the Metro and reasonable parking. The ticket prices are very friendly to every budget and easy to obtain.
Although the number of fans in attendance were low, The ones who were in attendance were into the game from start to finish and provided some great energy.
While there were a lot of things that could have been better at this arena, I can honestly say that the WNBA gained a new fan.