The Charles E. Smith Center is located on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The arena portion of the Smith Center is home to that school’s basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball teams, and it also contains a swimming pool that hosts the Colonials’ swimming and water polo programs. The arena opened in 1975 and is named after local philanthropist Charles E. Smith, who was also a university trustee at GW.
Capital One Arena opened in 1997 as the home of the Washington Capitals, replacing the aging Capital Centre in Landover. Since then, the Caps have experienced a dramatic rise in popularity and success thanks to players like Alex Ovechkin, culminating in their victory in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. In addition to hosting hockey, Capital One Arena serves several other functions as well, including playing host to the Washington Wizards, Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball, the Arena Football League’s Washington Valor, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
Christl Arena and the Holleder Center are both named after USMA graduates who died serving the country. Major Donald W. Holleder was a 1956 graduate of West Point who was killed in Vietnam in 1967, and Edward C. Christl, Jr. was a 1944 graduate who was killed in Austria the next year during World War II.
Maryland was the defending national champion when their shining new arena opened, and for the first few seasons, almost every home game was a sellout or nearly so. Although the Terrapins are no longer the national powerhouse they were at the turn of the century, the Xfinity Center is still one of the top basketball venues in the country in terms of energy level, atmosphere, and quality. These things have declined a little bit since it opened, but don’t let that discourage you from visiting.
On November 13, the Fredericksburg, Va. City Council unanimously approved a new $35 million stadium for the Potomac Nationals at the Celebrate Virginia South site, as reported by The Free Lance-Star. The stadium will open in 2020 and the city will also have exclusive use of the stadium for up to 183 days a year for evens such as football games and concerts.