THE GRAND OPENING
Wizards Open Arena With Sonic Boom
The day after its opening, MCI Center officials met to see what needed adjusting. At the top of the list was traffic inside the $200 million building as choke points developed at a few corners and concession stands. For the most part, though, the arena's debut was perfect. The Wizards did their part, beating the Sonics.
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Judge Orders Arena Inspected for Accessibility
SPORTS WAVES: Opening Night Telecast Missed the Mark
THE LUXURY BOXES
Luxury Sometimes Opens Up Pandora's Box
Corporate boxes are badges of company prestige, but they also offer a host of problems for their owners, who say that awarding them fairly and efficiently demands a rare mix of organizational and diplomatic skills.
D.C. Joins in the Downtown Tradition
Despite the fact that many of its players come from such Canadian outposts as Flin Flon and South Porcupine, ice hockey is very much a downtown game. With the opening of the MCI Center, the NHL finally arrived in downtown Washington after 24 years in the suburbs of Maryland.
At Last, Uptown Crowd For a Downtown Game|
At long last, Washington stepped up and acted like a real NBA town, writes The Post's Michael Wilbon.
On Opening Night, Who Could Ask for More?|
The seven planets were aligned correctly for MCI Center's opening, says The Post's Thomas Boswell.
Generating Excitement With the Flick of a Switch
The Wizards officially moved into the "get-geeked, amp-it-up freak show that is the NBA," writes The Post's Frank Ahrens. In terms of generating excitement, he writes, MCI Center by and large succeeds.
D.C. Unveils Its Newest Monument
Before more than 20,000 fans filed into the MCI Center for the historic game between the Wizards and SuperSonics, the arena was bustling with last-minute activity, including some emotional moments for Wizards owner Abe Pollin (pictured, center). The social scene was also hopping, as Pollin hosted President Clinton in his luxury suite and hosted parties before and after the game. And, for others, the entire night was merely an opportunity to show off.
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From Fans and Foes Alike, MCI Gets a Thumbs-Up
Wizards fans who attended MCI Center's opening game gave the arena a thumbs-up for its look, feel and food offerings. Members of the Seattle SuperSonics, while they didn't enjoy their first night, also gave a nodding approval to the new arena.
DISCUSSION: What Were Your Impressions of MCI Center?
MCI Center Firsts
When Abe Pollin decided to move downtown, he clearly had mass transit in mind.
No matter how you plan on getting to the MCI Center in the future, planners hope to avoid the nightmare that greeted the opening of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in September. Police will be directing traffic, but Post columnist Bob Levey recommends public transportation.
New Arena Is a Long Journey Into the Unknown
THE OLD HOME
Buzzer Sounds for Wizards at Old US Airways
The "old" Washington Bullets, including Earl Monroe (left) came to pay homage to the building they knew as the Capital Centre on Saturday. They recalled a time when the old building was state-of-the-art. Unfortunately, the Wizards could not capitalize on the emotion of the evening and lost their final game at US Airways Arena.
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Webber Happy to Move On
New Arena Searches for Sense of Self
A new state-of-the-art arena filled with luxury suites awaits Wash-
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ington fans. Now, it's up the players and the people who come to watch to create a sense of belonging and history at the MCI Center. The Post Magazine features this and more information on the new arena.
Arena Had a Long and Winding Road to Completion
For four years, District, Maryland and Virginia officials sought to woo Abe Pollin and his brand-new entertainment center to their environs. In the end, Washington won and the MCI Center (pictured) ended up in downtown Washington. Read four years of Washington Post coverage.
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BET Chief Had Another Plan for Downtown
OTHER MCI-RELATED COLUMNS
RUDOLPH PYATT, Dec. 1: One Suggestion: Donate a Skybox to the City
KORNHEISER, Nov. 29: US Airways Was Too Dark, but Stars Lit It Up
MICHAEL WILBON, Nov. 14: Finally, a Center of Attention Downtown
THE ARCHITECTURE: MCI Center's Winning Ways
THE BUSINESSES: Inside and Out, Merchants Await Crowds
THE DINING: A Guide to Food at the Arena
THE ECONOMY: D.C. Hopes Arena Is Just a Warm-Up
THE OWNER: With Arena, Pollin Puts It All on the Line
THE SKYBOXES: Skybox Tensions Move Into Front Row
THE TICKETS: Pollin Says Escalating Salaries Drive Up Prices