#2 Sports only facility
Modern buildings call for better fan experiences, at least when you’re inside. Can’t speak for the traffic or metro commute yet. Leonsis said at the press conference Wednesday morning:
"“We want to build the most fan-friendly experience. We want to build our brand and our business and, frankly, I’ve tried to build my career on being first and being an innovator. … I got goosebumps again when we came here a week ago and just looking out at all of the expansion capabilities: on water with the (Ronald Reagan Washington National) airport across the street and a brand-new Metro stop. That primordial set of ingredients can really create what we think we can build really the exemplar new experience and we’ll see we’ll be very on trend because this is what we’ll have to do in professional sports.”"
What makes this building unique is it’ll be strictly for NHL and NBA contests. There will be a building adjacent to it that will be a concert hall for the music fans. The concert hall/performing arts venue will seat 6,000. The arena itself is around 20,000 in seats.
The company developing the construction is JBG Smith. In addition to the new sports and concert venue it’ll also include a new Wizards practice facility, corporate headquarters for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, a media studio for the brand new Monumental Sports Network, and an eSports facility.