Fans in the stands at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in DC's Congress Heights neighborhood
One of Washington, DC’s most exciting teams welcome you to their new stadium in 2019
Led by a superstar who is supported by an outstanding cast, the Washington Mystics have big things planned for 2019 after falling just short of a WNBA title last season. First on the docket: welcome fans to the new, state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena, the team’s new home court. So grab your tickets and get ready to cheer on a WNBA powerhouse. More details on what makes this experience a must-do this season are below.
The Mystics now play in their own arena
Prior to the 2019 season, the Mystics played their home games at Capital One Arena, sharing it with the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Now, the talented squad has the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights to call home. The 4,200-seat arena provides an intimate atmosphere for Mystics fans to cheer on their favorite team, and in turn, a true homecourt advantage for one of the best teams in the WNBA.
The team is led by the 2019 WNBA MVP
Elena Delle Donne is one of the best players in the sport. The incredibly talented forward has been named an WNBA All-Star six out of her seven years in the league and brought home her second MVP award this year after winning it in 2015 while playing for the Chicago Sky. In just three years in Washington, Delle Donne has taken the Mystics to the WNBA Semifinals (2017) and the WNBA Finals (2018 and 2019) – prior to her arrival, the team had won just one playoff series in its history, which began in 1998. In short: Delle Donne is the greatest player the team has ever had and having a chance to watch her play is a blessing for DC sports fans.
You will be watching last year’s WNBA runner-up
The Mystics went on the deepest playoff run in franchise history last year. Led by Delle Donne, as well as other stars such as Kristi Toliver, LaToya Sanders and Natasha Cloud, the Washington club knocked out the Los Angeles Sparks and the Atlanta Dream before bowing out to the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Finals. The roster, which is likely the strongest the Mystics have ever boasted, will look to rekindle the magic in 2019 and finish the job by becoming WNBA champions.
The schedule features some outstanding matchups
Some of the WNBA’s best teams and players will visit the Entertainment and Sports Arena this summer to take on the Mystics in what promises to be a rowdy environment. Highlights include a June 14 matchup against the Seattle Storm, whom the Mystics fell to in last year’s WNBA Finals (the Storm will be back on Aug. 2 as well). The Connecticut Sun, who finished 21-13 last year en route to a playoff appearance, will be in town on June 29. Other games to circle on the calendar: July 10 and 30 against the Phoenix Mercury and July 21 against the Atlanta Dream, whom the Mystics eliminated in a dramatic five-game series in the WNBA Semifinals last year.
You can explore Congress Heights
One of DC’s emerging neighborhoods, Congress Heights is ripe for exploration either before or after a Mystics game. In addition to the Entertainment and Sports Arena, which also hosts concerts, the neighborhood offers Gateway DC, THE ARC, the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center and food options. Make it a whole day and plan your excursion.