USAir Arena

USAir Arena

  Administrative  
Former Address 1 Harry S. Truman Drive
Landover, MD 20785
  Venue Resources  
Seating Location
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  The Facility  
Date Built Unknown
Date Demolished December 15, 2002
Ownership
(Management)
Unknown
(Unknown)
Cost of Construction Unknown
Former Name Capital Center
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Washington Capitals
(NHL) 1974-1997
Washington Bullets
(NBA) 1973-1997
Washington Warthogs
(CISL)
Georgetown Hoyas
(NCAA)
Capacity 19,500
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Unknown

Sources: Mediaventures

The Capitals will move to a new arena to be built in downtown Washington, D.C. by 1997, since fans never really liked the atmosphere at USAir Arena. It was called the Capital Centre for 19 years, and was not considered a very flashy place.

There was not enough lighting, fans sometimes got pretty quiet, and the Capitals themselves never seem to warrant much enthusiasm until later in the season. All of these reasons may be why owner Abe Pollin has invested heavily into arena improvements.

November 8, 1997 - JIM MATHESON, Edmonton Journal: There are only four games left in the U.S. Airways Arena before the Caps open their new MCI Centre on December 5, 1997. On November 26, 1997 the Canadiens play the last NHL game there. No-one will miss it. It's the darkest rink in the league and it is located in the middle of nowhere.

Getting there

From downtown, take New York Avenue to Route 50. Take the Beltway (I-95) south to exit 17A or 15A.

USAir Arena history

USAIRWAYS ARENA DESTINED FOR WRECKING BALL

May 27, 1999
Copyright 1999 MediaVentures

The owners of the USAirways Arena, former home of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, say the old venue is likely to be razed to make room for a retail and entertainment center. Cordish Co of Baltimore had purchased the arena from Abe Pollin, owner of the teams, and had hoped to renovate it into a retail and sports center. As the design progressed, it became clear the renovation would be too expensive and new construction would be the better alternative.

The new center will house a movie theater and retail shops, many of which have already been leased. The teams moved out of the arena in 1997 for the new MCI Center in downtown Washington.

Demolished: December 2002

Washington Capitals

NHL
NHL
1917-Present
MCI Center
MCI Center
1997-Present

Baltimore Bullets/Washington Bullets/Washington Wizards

Amphitheater
Amphitheater
1961-1962
Chicago Coliseum
Chicago Coliseum
1962-1963
Baltimore Arena
Baltimore Arena
1963-1973
USAir Arena
USAir Arena
1973-1997
NBA
NBA
1949-Present
MCI Center
MCI Center
1997-Present



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