Washington Capitals will rightfully stay home after new arena proposal was denied

The Capitals are staying in Downtown DC!
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The Washington Capitals possibly were looking at relocating to Alexandria, Virginia at Potomac Yard as part of Ted Leonsis vision of a Monumental Sports campus that would house the Caps and NBA's Wizards. That plan was put down on Wednesday afternoon, putting to rest a dream and vision Leonsis had for about just a tad over three months.

No matter what side of the politicial aisle you're on, this is the right call. The Capitals and the Wizards belong in Downtown DC. It was and still is a vibrant community and having two teams of that caliber play in the heart of the city is good for the restaurants and bars economically.

The DC and Maryland residents were against the new arena proposal as was most of the Alexandria residents and Virginia folks in general. Why are we happy? Who cares about money, traffic is bad enough in Northern Virginia and housing an NBA and NHL team just outside an airport would just make things WORSE.

If you don't believe me, I had someone tell me they drove home to where I live from near that general area in a half hour. This was last night when the Caps had a game in Chinatown. I laughed and said it would've been over two hours had the Caps game been at Potomac Yard and not DC. She laughed. I ain't wrong.

Not only that but Capital One Arena was upgraded not too long ago and is due for another one. Especially if it wants to capitailize on the improved attendance of women's sports and house Mystics WNBA games during that dry period after a hopeful Cup or a sad exit.

This doesn't really come as a surprise but glad this is over and distraction free in time for what really matters and that is the Eastern Conference playoff race!