Entertainment & Sports Arena

Bigger Than Basketball

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Project Overview

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Events DC, and Monumental Sports & Entertainment are committed to promoting transformative community development in Washington D.C. by the construction of a new Entertainment and Sports Area (ESA). The ESA will be an innovative and unique venue that will provide a much-needed boost to on-going redevelopment in Ward 8, spur greater economic opportunities for residents, and help create more pathways to the middle class.

Catalytic Investment Opportunity

  • This is estimated to generate 300 permanent and 600 construction jobs, with a goal of hiring residents from surrounding community
  • The ESA is estimated to attract over 350,000 annual new visitors per year at stabilization.
  • Over lease term, Monumental Sports is contributing rent equivalent to $400,000/year and investing $10 million as a community investment towards community and economic revitalization of the St. Elizabeths East campus and surrounding community.
  • Anticipated total new tax revenues at $4.5 million annually for a total of $90 million in new tax revenues over 20 years
    including ticket tax, concessions, and income taxes.
  • Total return on dollars invested for DC is a fiscal return of $4 for each $1 invested in the ESA.
  • The ESA will drive private investment dollars to the St. Elizabeths East campus redevelopment, including enhanced retail
    and hospitality opportunities adjacent to the Congress Heights Metro.
  • Will spur retail and private development dollars in the surrounding Congress Heights area.

Community Benefits Agreement


  • Community Working Group and Outreach to Kick-off Winter of 2015/2016
  • Anticipated construction start of July 2016
  • Anticipated construction completion Fall 2018

Key Terms

  • Total construction cost of $65M
  • Sources of construction funds: Events DC $37M, District $23M, Monumental $5M.
  • Monumental and affiliated entities will invest $10 million at the St. Elizabeths East Campus and in the surrounding  community over the 19-year lease term which can include philanthropic investments.
  • Events DC will construct facility.
  • District to own facility and retain Events DC as events management company for operations and management under 19 year lease, at no costs to the District.
  • District’s planned Stage 1 infrastructure improvements will service the facility.


  • 4,200 seat Sports and Entertainment for use as:
    • Concert/ entertainment venue
    • Community event Programming
    • Wizards Training Facility
    • Arena for Mystics and other sports teams
  • Parking and limited secured parking spots for Monumental
  • Adjacent to Metro Station (Congress Heights)
  • Located Outside of Phase 1 Area Currently Under Negotiation


DMPED, Events DC, & Monumental Term Sheet

“Bigger Than Basketball” Economic and Community Investments

ESA Press Release: Design Review

ESA Design Review- Community Presentation


News & Events

Washington Business Journal: Updated design for Entertainment & Sports Arena at St. E’s is a ‘more clean, modern’ look

Washington City Paper: Check Out New Designs for the Future Wizards Practice Facility

The Washington Post: A sneak peek at the new Wizards practice center, designed for sports and community alike

WTOP: Can St. Elizabeths sports complex be Ward 8’s Verizon Center?

Mayor Bowser, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, and Events DC Announce an Entertainment & Sports Arena in Ward 8

First look at the deal that will bring the Wizards, Mystics to St. E’s – Washington Business Journal, Sept 21, 2015

Wizards’ new facility is a boon for the Mystics – Washington Post, Sept 17, 2015

New practice site for Wizards, Mystics could provide turnaround in Ward 8 – Washington Times, Sept 16, 2015

Wizards & Events DC project creates golden ticket opportunity for Congress Heights – Congress Heights on the Rise, Sept 15, 2015

Bowser outlines details of St. Elizabeths deal – Washington Post, Sept 15, 2105

St. Elizabeth’s East To Become New Sports Arena – DCist, Sept 15, 2015

Why St. Elizabeths is the best option for a Washington Wizards training facility – Washington Business Journal, Aug 28, 2015