Entertainment and Sports Arena in D.C. set for September opening, welcomes Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige, local D.C.-area athletes and performers to welcome ESA DC during its grand opening month

In collaboration with Events D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the opening of the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. (ESA DC). The Grand Opening of ESA DC. is fast-approaching and set for September 22, 2018. Mary J. Blige will be the performer to help celebrate the opening when she performs October 7. Tickets for her performance are on sale as of 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 14 at Ticketmaster.

To purchase tickets, which may be sold out, navigate to Ticketmaster here. For the full announcement of the Grand Opening of ESA DC, see the official announcement below.

Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) Official Announcement

Washington, D.C. – September 12, 2018 – Mayor Bowser in collaboration with Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announce the opening events that celebrate the much-anticipated Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA). The 4,200-seat venue will be a hub for entertainment, sporting events, esports and more. The Arena will also serve as the practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards and home court of the WNBA Washington Mystics and new NBA G-League team, the Capital City Go-Go.

“On September 22, we celebrate not just the opening of a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility, but the promise and opportunity that this project brings to the St. Elizabeths East campus,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Entertainment and Sports Arena is the home our Mystics deserve. But it’s even more than that – this project is bigger than basketball. The ESA is about jobs, opportunity, and community; it’s about ensuring that every neighborhood, in every corner of our city has world-class housing and amenities.”

The Entertainment and Sports Arena Grand Opening Celebration will kick off with the following events:

ESA DC Grand Opening September 22

Saturday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting: The official opening of the venue. Officials from the city including Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer at Events DC, majority owner, Chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports, Ted Leonsis and local D.C. athletes and artists. The event will celebrate the opening of the Arena’s doors to more diverse entertainment options and will ignite future economic development in the Congress Heights neighborhood of D.C.

After two years in the making, Events DC couldn’t be more excited to mark the opening of the new Entertainment and Sports Arena. This 4,200-seat arena will be a catalyst for growth in the Congress Heights community – far beyond the walls of the building” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Events DC. “This arena will be the perfect venue for intimate concerts, exciting entertainment events, and important civic and community activities. The Arena is in the heart of one of D.C.’s most important communities-Congress Heights-and will create a much-needed economic boost and significant expansion of sports and entertainment to a new corner of the city for residents and visitors to enjoy. We all thank Mayor Bowser for her vision in making this all a reality.”

Saturday, October 6 – Mary J. Blige

Saturday, October 6 – Mary J. Blige (with Jacob Banks): The concert will be headlined by Grammy award winning and 2018 double Oscar nominee, Superstar Mary J. Blige, featuring critically-acclaimed, multi-genre singer/songwriter, Jacob Banks. Tickets will be available to purchase on Ticketmaster on Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Doors will open on Saturday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., with the show at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13 – Cage the Elephant

Saturday, October 13 – Cage the Elephant (with Judah & The Lion): Known for their energetic live performances and eclectic sound, Cage the Elephant is a Grammy award winning American rock band. The show will also feature, Judah & the Lion, an American band that blends hip-hop and folk music. Tickets will be available to purchase on Ticketmaster on Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Doors will open on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m., with the show at 8:00 p.m.

“We are proud to celebrate the opening of the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Similar to some of our other venues, like, the Walter E., Washington Convention Center and Nationals Park, this Arena is important not only for the attraction of new events and experiences to the city, but for DC’s greater economic development and job creation,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “We look forward to delivering unmatched event programming from esports and boxing to amateur sports and electrifying concerts – starting with our grand opening celebration blockbuster lineup!”

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