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Mayor Bowser to Celebrate the “Topping Out” for the New Entertainment & Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East Campus

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
During #PathwaysToTheMiddleClass Week, Mayor Recognizes Jobs Created for Wards 7 and 8 Residents

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, January 11, at 10:30 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will celebrate the topping out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East with Smoot-Gilbane construction workers and the Ward 8 community, signifying that the 4,200-seat arena and training facility has reached its final construction height. This development delivers on the Mayor’s commitment to create pathways to the middle class for District residents through job creation across all eight wards.
 
In 2015, the Bowser Administration, Events DC and Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced the plans to build this new state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena at the St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8 in an effort to transform an underserved neighborhood in the District and bring jobs to the local community. The venue will act as home court for DC’s WNBA team, the Washington Mystics and the new G League team, Capital City Go-Go – as well as the official practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards and additional entertainment, sports and cultural programming.  
 
Throughout #pathwaystothemiddleclass week, Mayor Bowser is highlighting the resources and programs the Administration is using to expand economic prosperity across all eight wards.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 11, at 10:30 am
*Media – please arrive at 9:30 am to ride a shuttle to site.  

WHO: 
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Councilmember Trayon White, Ward 8
Greg O’Dell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Events DC 
Max Brown, Chairman, Board of Directors, Events DC
Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Washington Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault and Players Tayler Hill and Natasha Cloud 
Mac Naeemi, Smoot/Gilbane Sports
 
WHERE:
Gateway DC Pavilion 
2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
*Closest Metro: Congress Heights Metro Station* 
 
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to pres[email protected].