Arena to get new name, but will still be “The Phonebooth”


Today’s Post reveals that the MCI Center will have a new name by the end of March. Verizon Center, as the home of the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics will be known, reflects the recent acquisition of Ashburn based MCI by Verizon. This is the first name change in the eight-year history of the arena, which is a pretty good run these days. Enron Field/Minute Maid Park (opened in 2000) is a well-documented example of a name changing after a company goes belly up or it is sold. Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center has already had three names, the CoreStates Center and appropriately the F(irst) U(nion) Center, since debuting in 1996.

Speaking of the MCI Center and Capitals, they lost there to the Flyers last night, 3 – 1. Alex Ovechkin scored the first goal of the night, but after the 1st period, Philly did all the scoring, including an empty-netter near the end of the game. Lots of Flyers fans were part of the announced crowd of 16,876.

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