Arena Report - Verizon Center

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December 18, 2006

Formerly known as the MCI Center, the Verizon Center is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Located in the heart of Chinatown, the building originally cost $200 million and features 110 luxury suites and 4 executive suites. The venue seats over 20,000 fans and has hosted U2, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones. With over 220 events each year, the arena has entertained over 21 million fans since first opening its doors in 1997.    

The Verizon Center has played host to many WWE pay-per-views including Backlash 2000 and SummerSlam 2005 where Randy Orton lived up to his nickname of Legend Killer by defeating Undertaker. Raw last rolled into Washington, DC in February and saw Shawn Michaels' initiation into Mr. McMahon's Kiss My Ass Club. That same night, Mark Henry -- The World's Strongest Man -- put Undertaker through the announce table with the World's Strongest Slam.

For a peek inside this state-of-the-art arena, tune into RAW at 9/8 CT on USA.

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