Capital One Arena signature style club-lounge


New members only club at Capitol One Arena Image: Monumental Sports and Entertainment

The sports and entertainment company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) – has developed a new premium guest experience for events to be held at the Capital One Arena’s (Washington, US) Signature Club and Lounge, set to debut this Fall.

‘Monumental Sports & Entertainment’ stated that a sleek, modern lounge at the corner of 7th Street and Gallery Place offers early entry and exclusive access to the space ahead of the National Hockey League (NHL) team Washington Capitals and the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Washington Wizards games. Membership also carries the privilege of presale priority for the hundreds of concerts and events held at the Capital One Arena – where mega artistes like the Jonas Brothers (American pop rock band), Drake (Canadian rapper) and Bruce Springsteen (American singer-songwriter) perform.

Washington, D.C., (US)-based the Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the United States with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. It is America’s leading sports and entertainment family. The MSE people, players, teams, and events bring excitement and joy to millions. The company invest and innovate to consistently raise the game so that they can deliver extraordinary experiences that will inspire and unite the community, fans and the people.

The 20,356-capacity Capital One Arena is an indoor arena in Washington, D.C., (US). Located in the Chinatown section of the larger Penn Quarter neighborhood, the arena sits atop the Gallery Place rapid transit station of the Washington Metro.

The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C., (US). The team competes in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference, and is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment headed by Ted Leonsis. The Capital One Arena serves as their home ground.

The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., (US). The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Capital One Arena serves as their residence.

‘Monumental Sports & Entertainment’ further stated that among the striking features across the Signature Club and Lounge is the food and beverage design, the latest in culinary artistry by the José Andrés Group, the company of the renowned chef and global humanitarian José Andrés, who has partnered with Aramark Sports + Entertainment, the award-winning hospitality provider for Capital One Arena, to delight guests.

Washington (US)-based the José Andrés Group (JAG) is the creative team behind renowned dining concepts and the dynamic media company named for Chef and Founder José Andrés. Originally conceived as ThinkFoodGroup with Co-Founder Rob Wilder, and now led together with President Sam Bakhshandehpour, the newly named company reflects the breadth of its mission to change the world through the power of food, through its innovative restaurants and thoughtful storytelling across multimedia platforms.

Philadelphia (US)-based the Aramark Sports + Entertainment serves more than 150 award-winning food and beverage (F&B), retail and facility service programs in premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers, cultural attractions, performance venues, and unique entertainment destinations across North America. The company has received accolades for industry innovations including autonomous markets, dining concepts powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and high-profile events like NBA All-Star and MLB at Field of Dreams.

The new Signature Club and Lounge will have a limited number of memberships to maintain an exceptionally high-quality experience for guests. Members may take advantage of a dedicated point-of-entry to the Signature Club to enjoy the very best in hospitality and then travel directly across the concourse to the Signature Cocktail Lounge within a redesigned mega-suite before heading to their seats. Member’s seat locations have been hand-selected for guests to be closest to the center court/ice for 15 Wizards and 15 Capitals games in the first year, elevating to 20 games per team each season after. Members will also experience presale preference for any concert or event at the arena, with seats located with exceptional views of the artistes and the stage.

Said Jim Van Stone, President, Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer at MSE, “We invite fans to become members of this exclusive club to enjoy a true VIP experience with first-class amenities for games, concerts and events. We are excited to offer another high-value, high-quality experience for fans to enjoy time with family, friends and colleagues and we expect it will drive businesses in search of a go-to destination in downtown D.C. to entertain clients.”

The nearly 5,000 square foot space has been designed by global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler to be the new arrival point to the arena for the Signature Club members and guests. Taking advantage of the visibility from 7th Street, the large amounts of glazing bring exterior light and activity into the space. With high ceilings and access directly to the 100-level concourse, this new premium space accentuates its unique placement with the largest seated bar in the arena. The new area will feature top-of-the-line finishes, color-changing lights and ample gathering space for members on event and non-event days. Action stations will serve world-class food and beverages.

The new food and beverage concept in the club will combine the gastronomic genius of the José Andrés Group with inspiration from the regional favorites. Due to this partnership, the Capital One Arena will continue to be the destination for a heightened quality of food to match the exciting entertainment value created during the sports season and on and off the stage.

Stated José Andrés, “Is there anything better than watching the Washington Wizards or Capitals at the Capital One Arena? Our Penn Quarter restaurants have fed DC for over 30 years. Now, we are going one step further and bringing an incredible dining experience to you while you enjoy an event, show or game at our new Signature Club and Lounge.”

Added Sam Bakhshandehpour, President, José Andrés Group, “We are thrilled to announce this exciting partnership between the José Andrés Group and Monumental Sports & Entertainment. This collaboration represents a powerful union of culinary excellence and sports and entertainment innovation. Together, we aim to create unforgettable experiences that will delight and inspire our guests, fans and the entire community.”

The Signature Club and Lounge joins a collection of premium spaces with high-quality amenities in the Capital One Arena including the Etihad Airways Lounge, Caesars Sportsbook Lounge, Ultra Club and Players Club for all sporting events, and the Michelob Ultra Courtside Lounge and the Courtside Premium Lofts available for the Wizards’ games.

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