Mar 27, 2024 - News

Ted Leonsis says nice things about Capital One Arena, as Virginia move stalls

Ted Leonsis sitting courtside

Ted Leonsis sitting courtside. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Ted Leonsis is suddenly saying awfully nice things about Capital One Arena.

Why it matters: Maybe there's a vibe shift happening, as the Post's Dan Steinberg wondered. The comments come as Virginia's efforts to bring the Capitals and Wizards to Alexandria stall, and after D.C.'s attorney general warned the teams can't contractually leave downtown until 2047.

State of play: Leonsis on Wednesday tweeted "incredible info" that Monday's Zach Bryan concert was the highest attended concert in the history of Capital One Arena.

  • It was the arena's "highest single night for merchandise sales."
  • Not just that: "Even more amazing data," he tweeted, shows that since March 1, "over 325,000 fans have come through our doors to enjoy @Capitals and @WashWizards games, concerts, Georgetown basketball, the ACC tournament and other events." (Again, all things he wanted to move across the Potomac.)

"Each of these events brings the community together, supports thousands of jobs, and generates significant tax revenue for the city," he tweeted. Note: "the city"!

  • To top it off: 90% of Caps fans renewed season tix, and he expects 85-90% of Wiz fans to follow. "We will never take for granted your loyalty to the teams," Leonsis says.

Between the lines: No comment from Monumental Sports about whether something deeper spurred the tweet-fest.

  • A spokesperson for Mayor Muriel Bowser, who along with council members still offer $500 million for a Cap One Arena revamp, didn't comment either.

Flashback: Leonsis was unhappy with public safety and conditions in Chinatown, we reported early last year. D.C. recently instituted a drug-free zone in the area.

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