Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, announced recently the purchase of an Arena Football League team that will play its games at the Verizon Center in D.C. beginning in the spring of 2017.
Leonsis, AFL commissioner Scott Butera, and other league officials officially announced the decision after talk about an arena team coming to the nation’s capital loomed for some time.
The move by Leonsis and his partnership with Monumental Sports will make Washington home to the ninth AFL team, and the only team on the East Coast between Philadelphia and Florida.
“We love the market, and it fits our strategic plan,” Butera said of the new Washington location. “It’s a great football town, if you look at the support the Redskins have had over the years, and the other teams in the area. The population density, the media attention, the fact that we’re looking for more presence on the East Coast: It’s a nice strategic fit for us geographically. More importantly, we really like the Monumental group. We think they have a tremendous organization, and that’s really where it starts, in getting the right people and building around that.”
The still unnamed D.C. team will become the first indoor football team in the District since the D.C. Armour played in the American Indoor Football Association in seven years ago.
As of right now, there is no timetable in picking a name of logo for D.C.’s new AFL team.