The Washington Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship on their home court at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in September – and the basketball season will continue rolling all season long in Congress Heights. A number of exciting professional and collegiate basketball are coming to the Arena though 2019 and early 2020, promising to bring premier basketball action to DC and entertain fans at all levels.
The action kicked off on November 9 when the Capital City Go-Go began their second season in the NBA G League with a home opener against the Grand Rapids Drive.
The Go-Go are the official NBA G League affiliate of the NBA’S Washington Wizards and will play 24 home games in Congress Heights in during the 2019-2020 season. With 16 of 24 games played on the weekend between Friday and Sunday, there are several opportunities for fans of all ages come out to see the NBA stars of tomorrow play in DC. Individual tickets for all home games at the Arena are on-sale at Ticketmaster.com. Visit capitalcity.gleague.nba.com for more information.
Events DC is also proud to be hosting two men’s collegiate basketball events at the Entertainment and Sports Arena through 2019 – The Battle for the Capital in November (11/22 and 11/23) and the Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest in December (12/20-12/22). Both events will bring premier mid-major college basketball programs from around the country to square off DC, offering fans, alumni and youth groups an opportunity to experience collegiate basketball in Congress Heights. Group tickets for both events start at only $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit BattleForTheCapital.com and DCHolidayHoopsFest.com.
Both events feature member schools from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2020, the Entertainment and Sports Arena will host the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, with the winner securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in March.
On November 16th, the Arena will play host to a new and innovative style of basketball when two teams from the Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB) league – the Washington Fusion and the Chicago Vikings – take to the floor for an exhibition game in what’s being billed “the future of basketball”. The upstart league features men and women on the same team and playing on the court at the same time. Players include a number of former NBA, WNBA and collegiate stars and feature celebrity owners like actor and rapper Anwan “Big G” Glover of the Washington Fusion. The league is extending the concept of men and women competing together to other aspects of the game, including both male and female referees and coaching staffs. Beyond the action on the court, the event on the 16th will feature a halftime performance by legendary DC go-go artists The Backyard Band and iconic event emcee Miles Rawls of Ward 8’s Goodman League. Tickets start at only $10 and are available at ticketmaster.com. Visit GlobalMixedGenderBasketball.com for more information and follow the team on social media @washingtonfusion.