The Washington Mystics have been a staple of the WNBA for fifteen years, becoming one of its first expansion franchises in 1998. The team plays at Verizon Center, located in DC’s illustrious Penn Quarter. The Mystics have a loyal following in the District, having led the WNBA in yearly attendance seven times.
DC has seen six playoff appearances by the Mystics, with a first place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season coming in 2010. The Mystics’ furthest advancement in the playoffs came in 2002, a season in which they reached the Eastern Conference Finals and lost in a hard fought series to the New York Liberty. Mystics stars over the years include forward Chamique Holdsclaw, who set the record for most rebounds in a WNBA game in 2003 with 24, four-time All Star guard Alana Beard and the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2009, forward Crystal Langhorne.
The team was originally owned by Abe Pollin, and was purchased by Ted Leonsis and his Monumental Sports & Entertainment group in 2005.
Verizon Center is abuzz with excitement on each Mystics game day. The team features two spirited mascots: Lucky the Rabbit (whose favorite dunk is a 360) and Pax the Panda (based on/inspired by the panda born at the Smithsonian National Zoo). Also featured is Mystics Mayhem, the team’s official dance group. Dancers range from ages 7 – 13, and add an extra dose of enthusiasm to every home game.
The Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown area surrounding Verizon Center features a myriad of hot spots for dining and activity. Seventh Street, a DC thoroughfare, includes popular spots such as Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Regional Food & Drink, both excellent places to grab a meal and the libation of your choice. If you’re looking for a more high-end dining experience, Zengo, Ping Pong Dim Sum and Jaleo are all within walking distance of Verizon Center as well. Gallery Place Mall resides directly next to the venue, and contains an array of great shops and a movie theater featuring sixteen screens.
Single game tickets for the Mystics are available through Ticketmaster. Their website provides a useful seating chart that includes price breakdowns. The Mystics also feature Group Game Tickets, intended for 15 or more people. This offer includes a dedicated Mystics representative and in-game recognition of your group, among other amenities.
There are also Mini Plans, which allow you to pick six regular season home games that fit your schedule best. Season ticket packages to the Mystics feature great benefits, including exclusive gifts, special ticket pricing and invitations to open practice and Chalk Talks.
The Mystics’ home, Verizon Center, is conveniently located immediately above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop. This stop serves as a transfer station, so three Metro lines run through it: green, yellow and red. Riding the metro to the game is the easiest and most convenient option. However, there are public parking garages available in the area. For these and other transportation options, visit godcgo.com.
- Former Mystics no. 1 overall draft pick Chamique Holdsclaw is the first and only female basketball player to be featured on the cover of the popular basketball magazine, SLAM.
- In 2002, Mystics head coach Marianne Stanley was named WNBA Coach of the Year.
- The 2010 regular season Eastern Conference champion Mystics team featured three WNBA All-Stars: Monique Currie, Lindsey Harding and Crystal Langhorne.