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Capital One Arena: Political and Personal Agendas Derail Alexandria’s NHL and NBA Arena Dreams

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
Teams in Washington, Wizards and Capitals, agree to new deal to stay in D.C. after relocation to Virginia is canceled, report says

The city of Alexandria, Virginia had hoped to bring the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NBA’s Washington Wizards to their city with a new arena. However, due to the failure of an incentive plan offered by Governor Glenn Youngkin that was blocked by lawmakers in the state’s General Assembly, the proposal was not able to move forward. The city expressed disappointment in the outcome, believing that the Potomac Yard Entertainment District opportunity was worth considering.

Despite this setback, the city remains committed to pursuing economic opportunities that improve their quality of life and economic health. In fact, after Alexandria’s announcement, it was reported that the Washington Wizards and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser were finalizing a deal to keep both teams in Washington at Capital One Arena until 2050. The city plans to provide $515 million for modernization of the existing arena.

This decision contradicted previous plans by Ted Leonsis to move both teams to a new home in Alexandria as part of a $2.2 billion mixed-use development project. It seems that personal and political agendas played a role in this decision, according to Governor Youngkin who blamed them for driving away the Alexandria project. This highlights some of the challenges associated with balancing economic development with political interests during negotiations.

By Samantha Jones

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