Capital One Arena plays host to one of the National Basketball Association’s most exciting teams.
The Washington Wizards are one of the hottest tickets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Here are our favorite reasons to check out Wizards hoops at Capital One Arena this season. Make sure to pick up your Wizards gear at the Arena's team store before the game. You can also purchase discounted tickets (up to 25% off) on select home games throughout the season.
The talent runs deep
When you’re watching NBA basketball, you’re watching some of the most dynamic and skilled athletes put on a show. Whether it’s high-flying dunks, deep three-pointers or intensity on defense, the Wizards have guys who can do it all. Bradley Beal (seen above) is one of the most talented scoring guards in the league who can wow you in a variety of ways with the ball. Kristaps Porzingis is a rarity, a 7-foot-3 center who moves and shoots like a guard. Kyle Kuzma is a do-it-all wing who plays with energy and lets his personality shine on and off the court. There’s no shortage of talent on the court during a Wizards game.
Honor the history of Wizards basketball
This season is the 25th anniversary of the famous name change from the Bullets to the Wizards, and the franchise is celebrating the 25th season of Wizards basketball in a wonderful way. The players are frequently donning retro-styled jerseys and playing on a throwback court. Watching the current team play in these blue and bronze jerseys and on this blue and bronze floor is a fantastic way to prove that nothing beats a classic.
Pay homage to a DC staple
Another unique visual activation the Wizards are employing this season: an homage to the famous Cherry Blossoms seen annually at the Tidal Basin. The Cherry Blossoms are beautiful trees that bloom every spring and brighten up D.C. with their famous pink colors alongside the blue of D.C. most famous body of water. The Wizards’ 2022-23 City Edition jerseys are inspired by those Cherry Blossoms. They’re primarily pink and white with flowers decorating the sides of the jerseys. They’re stunning and they represent D.C. in a bright way – and like the Classic uniforms, pair well with a custom court of the same style.
Capital One Arena offers awesome food options
When you’re enjoying a game at Capital One Arena, there’s no shortage of good food and drinks. Whether it’s classic arena food like hotdogs and fries, cultural dishes, desserts, or a combination of all of them, you won’t leave the game hungry. Also, for your before or after-game pleasure, there are dozens of restaurants nearby, as well as the shopping hub that is CityCenterDC. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed in the same building across the street, while the National Gallery of Art is a short walk away.
The Wizards' legacy lives on the sidelines
Wes Unseld is one of the greatest Wizards of all time. Drafted in 1968, he spent his entire career playing for this franchise and earned many accolades. Perhaps his greatest achievement was helping bring an NBA championship to the DMV in 1978. Now, his son Wes Unseld Jr. is the head coach of the current Wizards team, and it’s awesome to see the legacy of the Unseld family on the sidelines night in and night out. Unseld Jr. got his NBA start with the Wizards in 2005 as a scout and began to work his way up through the assistant coaching ranks in the NBA. Now, he’s in his second season as the lead man for the Wizards.