The Capital One Arena is located in the heart of Washington D.C. and is the permanent home of the Washington Wizards of the NBA and the competitive Washington Capitals of the NHL. Capital One Arena events include some of the largest acts in show business including Elton John, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and even Disney on Ice. No matter your taste, you can find something for your taste.
Inside the arena, fans can find excellent concession options, several hospitality rooms for private events, free wi-fi, and a nursing mother’s lounge to provide privacy for new mothers. Being located in the Chinatown district of Washington, there are lodging and dining options within blocks of the arena for before and after your event.
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Capital One Arena Facts
- Location: Washington, D.C.
- Capacity: 20,356
- Walk-ability: 8/10*
The Best Seats in Capital One Arena
Capital One Arena seating has a high capacity giving guests plenty of options. If you’re ready to spend the money to be front and center, start with the floor seats in sections 1-3. The proximity to the stage and the incredible intimacy of the experience makes it worth the money if you don’t mind the sticker shock.
But is it the best deal? Floor Seats in sections 4 and 6 are only a few rows back, but the price difference can be dramatic, or if you prefer the comfort and accessibility of stage right and stage left, Sections 110-112 and 100, 101, and 121 all have a lower price tag without sacrificing the magnificent views of the stage.
What to Expect When You Arrive
Security and Bag Policy: All attendees are subject to metal detector screening, visual inspection, and a thorough bag inspection at the entrance. No bags over 14”x14”x6” are allowed. Any guest who declines to be searched or is in possession of prohibited items may be denied entry or ejected from the facility. For a full list of policies and what to expect, see the A-Z Guide on the arena’s website.
Parking: Parking may be the biggest challenge to your visit to Capital One Arena. Because there is such a lack of parking, the arena partnered up with SpotHero, a nationwide service for online parking reservations, to help guests purchase guaranteed spots at local lots and garages. We recommend utilizing the excellent public transportation options or rideshare services like Uber and Lyft.
Top Three Hotel Options for Your Budget:
Luxury: Only steps away from the arena, you’ll find the fantastic Kimball Hotel Monaco. The posh, 4-star hotel is a former post office converted into a stylish mix of new and old. The experience of staying in this unique hotel is just as impressive as the luxury and comfort. Start with the excellent gallery on Kimball’s website to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Value: By far the best value hotel on the list is the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. You’ll find this 4-star hotel at 3-star prices only .5 miles away from the arena. Recommended by a staggering 91% of guests, the Renaissance provides a comfortable lodging, several dining options, and a 24/7 fitness center.
Affordable: If you can squeeze into it, the Pod Hotel comes in at one of our most affordable and closest option. The Pod prides itself on removing the “fluff” and providing exactly what you need at an affordable price. The hotel also features a great coffee lounge, and a whiskey bar if you want to find some entertainment very close to home. This unique hotel is worth the experience, especially for the price.
Top Dining Options Near Capital One Arena:
Being in the heart of Chinatown, the Capital One Arena has many options for amazing dining within a block or two. Clyde’s of Gallery Place is direct across the street from the stadium. With an expansive menu and a good kids’ menu, Clyde’s is a great choice for before or after your event.
Also directly across from the arena is the industrial-chic Penn Commons. The restaurant offers a unique atmosphere and signature sandwiches, burgers, and even Baja tacos. You’ll find great food that won’t break the bank, and since they’re open until midnight on the weekends, you can find some good late-night deals to keep the night going.
Finally, if you want more upscale dining and an incredible experience, head across 6th St to Daikaya Ramen. You’ll find authentic Sapporo-style Ramen along with other delicious menu items. Daikaya also features a wide range of draft beers, cocktails, and of course, sake. Recommended as one of the best Japanese restaurants in Washington by the Washingtonian, it’s hard to go wrong with a great bowl of Ramen at Daikaya.
Other Activities Near the Capital One Arena
Maybe the most significant benefit of buying tickets to an event in downtown Washington is the proximity to some of the nation’s greatest monuments. The city offers a range of transportation options to move you around the city, but the Capital One Arena is only a half-mile away from the National Mall, National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Museums.
If your plans include more than one day, you can take a full day just exploring all that downtown Washington D.C. has to offer. From the White House to the monuments to the Capitol Building, the city boasts some of the best sightseeing in the nation.
*Walkability Score: The Capital One Arena offers lodging and great dining options only steps from the entrance, but the severe lack of parking and other attractions like shopping gives it an 8/10 on the Walkability Score. If you can’t stay close by, you’ll need to either pay heavily for parking passes or find alternate means of transportation to the arena.