Wizards Overview

Fast facts

League: Eastern Conference Southeast Division

Head Coach: Wes Unseld Jr.

Team Mascot: G-Wiz, G. Man

Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 20356

City / State: Washington / District of Columbia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Wizards vs 76ers

Rival Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia are only 136 miles apart meaning you’ll encounter fans of both teams when the Wizards and 76ers clash. The two cities also have strong rivalries in the NFL, NHL, and MLB, so you can count on there being bad blood between these two fan bases when they get together.

Wizards vs Hornets

Rival Team: Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are the closest team in the Southeast Division to the Wizards, so you’ll find plenty of fans who make the trip to these matchups. The rivalry may not be super intense at the moment as both teams are relatively young, but look for this rivalry to kick up in the next few years.

Wizards vs Cavaliers

Rival Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Wizards fans hatred for the Cavs stems from the fact Cleveland has knocked the Wizards out of the playoffs on multiple occasions. Despite the fact the rivalry is one-sided, Wizards fans still hate the Cavs and will make their dislike for them well known during Wizards-Cavs games. If you want to experience a hostile crowd at the Verizon Center, then get tickets when the Cavs are in town.

Wizards Stadium Guide

In Game

A Wizards game is an excellent way to spend a night during your visit to D.C. If you want to take a break from seeing the world-class museums and monuments of Washington, D.C. then take a night out to enjoy the town and a Wizards game.

The Capital One Arena is located right near the many museums as well as Chinatown district of D.C., so you won’t have to go far to get to the game if you’re already visiting the city. The area around the Capital One Arena is home to many shops and restaurants as well, and Gallery Place is located right behind sections 120 and 121 of the Capital One Arena. At Gallery Place you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants as well as a movie theater and bowling alley, so make sure to check it out before or after the game.

Once inside the Capital One Arena, you’ll encounter everything you’d expect in an NBA experience including mascots, a dance team, and an exciting player intro. The Wizards Girls put on an excellent show with their dancing, but the team’s two mascots really steal the show. G-Wiz is a funny mascot that will keep you entertained with his shenanigans and G-Man will get you out of your seat with his high flying dunks.

You can’t go wrong taking a night out of your trip to D.C. to take in a Wizards game at the Capital One Arena.

Things to check out

Wizards Bar Tour

Before you select Wizards game, you can get $3 specials at participating bars and win cool Wizards prizes. Check the schedule beforehand and join in on the great pregame experience that is the Wizards Bar Tour.

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The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

The Green Turtle is located just beyond the Capital One Arena's main concourse and is the perfect place to grab something to eat or drink before, during, or after the game. It was the first official sports bar in the Gallery Place/Chinatown District and is still fan favorite to this day.

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Gallery Place

Gallery Place is your one stop shop for pregame and postgame entertainment. Inside Gallery Place, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as not only are there a variety of bars and restaurants, but the facility is also home to a movie theater and bowling alley.

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Wizards Mobile App

Check out the Wizards Mobile App to stay up to date on all things Wizards. The app allows you to track stats, upgrade your seats, and even features special Wizards emojis, which are perfect for sharing your experience with your friends.

Player Intros

The Washington Wizards have one of the most exciting play intros in the NBA. The pyrotechnics during the Wizards player intro will get everyone out of your seat and are a can’t miss part of any Wizards game. Be in your seat early as you wouldn’t want to miss this incredible spectacle.

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Wizard Girls

The Wizards Girls entertain the crowd with their great dance routines throughout the game. These talented women perform a variety of different dance types, so watch out for them when they take center court.

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G-Wiz is the official mascot of the Washington Wizards and a significant component of the Wizards in game experience. He’ll put a smile on the crowd’s face with his wacky antics and is always entertaining even when the Wizards aren’t playing so well.

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If you like high flying dunks then G-Man is more your speed when it comes to Wizards mascots. G-Man will delight the crowd with his incredible dunks and will bring everyone to their feet.

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District Drummers

DC’s talented District Drummers, Capital One Arena to life with their musical stylings. Their high energy beats get everyone into the game, so don’t miss the District Drummers perform before and during the game.

Capital Crew

Get loud when you see the Capital Crew for your chance to win a free t-shirt. The Capital Crew pump up the crowd with their promotions and giveaways so do your part to raise the house and win some swag.

Fight Songs

  1. Bullets Fever

    “Bullets Fever” celebrates the 1977-78 Washington Bullets, who are the only team in franchise history to an NBA Championship.

  2. You Da Man

  3. DC Rising

  4. Defense Chant




Wizards Bars & Restaurants

  1. Penn Social

    Penn Social

    Lively bar with a patio offering pub grub & live bands, plus trivia, dancing & more.

    801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Clyde’s of Gallery Place


    Long-running local chain serving classic American dishes & cocktails in a traditional setting.

    707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Pi Pizzeria

    Pi Pizzeria

    Home of irrationally delicious deep dish and thin cornmeal crust pizza, and prime craft beers.

    910 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  4. Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza

    Ellas Wood Fire Pizza

    Bustling pizzeria serving thin-crust pies, sangria & craft beer that's popular with happy-hour set.

    610 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. The Big Stick

    Big Stick chicken barbecue

    The Big Stick is a rustic, lodge-themed restaurant & sports bar serving a unique menu focused on specialty sausages,sandwiches and a robust craft beer selection.

    20 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  6. Scarlet Oak

    Scarlet Oak bar drink

    Scarlet Oak offers fresh seasonal cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner in a comfortable setting. The menu is focused on providing locally-sourced produce, meats and seafood, in addition to house made pizzas and pastas.

    909 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds

    The Spoke beer bottles

    Enjoy free admission, live music, the Bullpen bar, food trucks and dogs hot off the grill!

    1299 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Osteria Morini

    Osreria Morini Washington DC

    Osteria Morini brings the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy to the historic Navy Yards in Washington, D.C.

    301 Water St SE #109, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  9. Bonchon

    Bonchon fried chicken

    Bonchon Chicken is cooked-to-order, made with the highest quality ingredients. Come try our handcrafted fried chicken, along with our other amazing dishes!

    1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  10. TaKorean Korean Taco Grill


    Made from scratch with fresh ingredients. A bold, colorful & healthy experience.

    1212 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

    Bar website

    asian - $

  11. Agua 301

    Agua tacos

    Agua 301 celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico taking contemporary Mexican cuisine and infusing it with modern flair.

    301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  12. Leo’s Eatery


    Have an extraordinary experience with the usuals- juicy bites that you will love!

    7 N St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $

  13. Ice Cream Jubilee

    ice cream on a cone

    "I started Ice Cream Jubilee to share my passion with others and encourage people to explore the pursuits that make them as happy as ice cream makes me."

    301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  14. Bluejacket

    Blue Jacket sandwich

    Bluejacket was built to be a brewery without boundaries, creating beers across the broadest range of styles and flavors possible.

    300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$