Basketball in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Hoyas. Former NCAA national champions, the Hoyas are the most prominent Division I men's college basketball team in the area. They became a national basketball powerhouse under their coach John Thompson, and remain perennial contenders in the national tourney under their current coach, John Thompson III. The Hoyas play home games at the Verizon Center downtown. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Chinatown, Washington, DC, 20004. 202/687–4692. guhoyas.com. Gallery Pl./Chinatown.
Washington Mystics. This WNBA team plays at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington and perennially lead the WNBA in attendance, despite a losing record. The games are loud, boisterous events. You can buy Mystics tickets at the Verizon Center box office or through Ticketmaster. The women's season runs from late May to August. Verizon Center, 6th and F Sts., Chinatown, Washington, DC, 20004. 202/432–7328. www.wnba.com/mystics. $18–$300. Gallery Pl./Chinatown.
Washington Wizards. From October to April the NBA's Washington Wizards play at the Verizon Center and feature NBA All-Star and 2014 Slam Dunk Contest champion, John Wall. For showtime entertainment look for the G-Wiz, the G-Man, the Wiz Kids, and of course the Wizard Girls. Buy tickets from the Verizon Center box office, the Wizards' online, or Ticketmaster. Verizon Center, 6th and F Sts., Chinatown, Washington, DC, 20004. 202/432–7328. www.nba.com/wizards. $18–$2,500. Gallery Pl./Chinatown.
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