Washington DC Information
Washington DC Information
Washington DC events bring some of the top performers from all across the country including the hottest traveling Broadway shows as well as the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, the NHL's Washington Capitals, and the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. The most important venues in the Washington DC area include the Verizon Center, Nationals Park, Edward Jones Dome, National Theater, Warner Theater, Kennedy Center, and the DAR Constitution Hall.
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Washington Redskins Information
The Washington Redskins were established in 1932 as members of the National Football League, playing in the Eastern division, American conference, and Eastern conference before joining the National Football conference East division in 1970. The Redskins have played more than 1,000 games since 1932. The Redskins have won five NFL Championships, two of which were pre-merger and three Super Bowls. The franchise has captured 13 NFL divisional titles and six NFL conference championships. They have made 22 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 17 losses. The Redskins' three Super Bowl wins are tied with the Oakland Raiders for fourth place all-time.
The Redskins play home games at FedExField. From 2004 - 2010, it had the largest stadium capacity in the NFL at over 91,000. Currently, the capacity is 79,000. According to Forbes magazine, the Redskins are the third most valuable franchise in the NFL behind the Cowboys and Patriots. They have also broken the NFL's mark for single-season attendance ten years in a row. The Redskins were the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and also the first team to have a fight song. They have only officially retired one number in Redskins history. Eleven players and five members of management have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame from the Washington Redskins.
Washington Nationals Information
The Washington Nationals are members of the National League East division. Since 2008, their home field has been Nationals Park, which replaced RFK Stadium. Nationals Park holds over 41,000 fans and is located in our nation's capital. The Nationals began as an expansion franchise called the Montreal Expos, who were the first Major League team in Canada. It took a full decade for the Expos to post their first winning season. The Nationals are one of two franchises, the other being the Seattle Mariners, whom have never played in a World Series. The Nationals have won three East Division titles, most recently in 2014, which was their second National League East title in three years.
There is one Washington National affiliate in the Hall of Fame, Frank Robinson, who is joined by six Montreal Expos. The Montreal Expos retired three numbers in honor of four players, but these numbers have reentered circulation since the team's move to Washington. The Nationals rivalry with the Orioles began when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005 due to the proximity of the two cities. This rivalry became known as the Beltway Series. The Braves-Nationals rivalry began when the Braves joined the National League East and the Senators were still the Expos and has intensified as the two teams fight for the division. The Nationals and the Marlins are also rivals, as the Nationals replaced the Marlins as the newest team in the division. The Nationals are still searching for their first National League pennant and World Series title.
Washington Capitals Information
The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. that competes in the National Hockey League. They are members of the League's Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The Caps were founded in 1974. In 1997, the team moved their home hockey rink from the suburban Capital Centre to the new Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Verizon Center was commonly referred to as the Phone Booth when it was the MCI Center. Two notable fan fixtures at Washington Capitals games at Verizon Center since the late 1990s are Goat and The Horn Guy. "Goat," a.k.a. William Stilwell, sits in Section 105 and loudly stomps and starts cheers for the team. "The Horn Guy," a.k.a. Sam Wolk, sits in section 415 and blows out three blasts on a horn to which the arena responds "Let's Go Caps!"
The 2009 Capitals won the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy for being the team with the most points at the end of the regular season. The Capitals are yet to win their first Stanley Cup. They have won one conference championship, in 1997, and eight division championships, most recently in 2012. Eight former Capitals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The team has retired four numbers throughout their history. The Capitals colors are red, navy blue, and white.
Washington Wizards Information
The Washington Wizards currently compete in the Eastern Conference as members of the Southeast division. They were founded in 1961 as the Chicago Packers. In 1962, they changed names to become the Chicago Zephyrs. They became the Baltimore Bullets in 1963, which transformed to the Capital Bullets in the 1973 season. They became the Washington Bullets in 1974. They have been the Washington Wizards since 1997. The Wizards play their home games at the Verizon Center. The Verizon Center is also home to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, the Georgetown University men's basketball team, the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Washington International Horse Show.
The Wizards have won one championship, in 1978. They have won four conference titles and six division titles. The Bullets were the only team to play in the NBA Finals four times during the 1970s. The Wizards have retired four numbers throughout their history. Fourteen Wizards have been inducted into the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2014, Washington Wizards finished the season with a 46-36 record, their best record since the 1978 season. They played the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and won in four games, marking their first sweep in franchise history.