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Date Opened Dec. 2, 1973
Demolished Dec. 15, 2002
Venue Capacity 19,500
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Venue Address 1 Harry S Truman Drive
Largo, MD 20785

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The Capital Centre (also briefly known as US Airways Arena and USAir Arena) was an indoor arena located in Landover, Maryland; a suburb of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1973, the arena sat 18,756 for basketball and 18,130 for hockey. It was renamed for corporate sponsor US Airways in 1993, but reverted back to its original name of Capital Centre after the airline dropped naming rights.

The arena was the home of the Washington Wizards of the NBA from 1973-97, the Washington Capitals of the NHL from 1974-97 and the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team from 1981-97. The Wizards were known as the Bullets until 1997, and played the first 5 games of the 1997-98 NBA season at the old arena All three teams departed for the MCI Center (now Verizon Center) just north of The Mall in D.C. when it opened on December 2, 1997. The Capital Centre hosted its first NBA game exactly 24 years earlier on December 2, 1973, with the home team defeating the same visiting team, the Seattle Supersonics. During November 1973, the Capital Bullets held their home games at nearby Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

The video documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot was created by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn in 1986 in the parking lot outside this venue. It documents the heavy metal fans waiting on May 31, 1986 for a Judas Priest concert (with special guests Dokken). When the documentary was filmed, the venue was still named the Capital Centre.

The venue was a longtime favorite of music acts including the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Kiss (band). (Both volumes of the Kiss retrospective DVDs "Kissology" have included bonus DVDs of late-'70s shows taped at the Capital Centre.)

The Capital Centre was home to several Toys for Tots concerts in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The arena was imploded on December 15, 2002 to make way for The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, a town center-style shopping mall.

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