The Washington Wizards have been known by many different names during their history. Founded in 1961 as the Chicago Zephyrs, the team made a stop in Baltimore before becoming the Washington Bullets in 1973. In 1997, the team rebranded as the Washington Wizards. No matter what you call them, the Wizards have a lengthy history of winning basketball in the nation’s capital.
The 1970s were a dominant era for the Wizards, including six division titles and an NBA Championship in 1979. From the successful seventies to the eighties teams that made the playoffs but never advanced, the Wizards garnered fans in D.C. and beyond with solid play and antics like ManuteBol’s shot blocking record.Read More ...
The Wizards made headlines in the early 2000s with Michael Jordan’s return to basketball, first in the front office than on the court. His tenure was short-lived, but he paved the way for contemporary Wizards superstars like Gilbert Arenas and John Wall who propelled the team towards its biggest successes in many years.
Capital One Arena is located in the heart of the nation’s capital. It opened in 1997 to provide the Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals with a modern home in the heart of Washington D.C. The Arena is located in Chinatown and helped revitalize the neighborhood with vibrant businesses, infrastructure enhancements, and a slew of NBA playoffs and two Stanley Cup Finals for the Capitals. Thanks to frequent renovations and the installation of the first high-definition indoor LED scoreboard, Capital One Arena remains a first-class venue for taking in a game.