• Tue. May 28th, 2024

Alexandria, Virginia Drops NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards Deal Amid Incentive Plan Blockage

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Teams in Washington, Wizards and Capitals, agree to new deal to stay in D.C. after relocation to Virginia is canceled, report says

Alexandria, Virginia has recently announced the end of negotiations to bring the NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards to the city. The proposed development district with a new arena for the teams will not move forward due to an incentive plan offered by Governor Glenn Youngkin that was blocked by lawmakers in the state’s General Assembly. Despite this setback, Alexandria remains committed to pursuing economic opportunities that improve their quality of life and economic health.

After Alexandria’s announcement, reports emerged that the Washington Wizards were finalizing a deal with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser to stay in Washington at Capital One Arena until 2050. The city plans to provide $515 million to modernize the existing arena, contradicting previous plans by Ted Leonsis to move both teams to a new home in Alexandria as part of a $2.2 billion mixed-use development project.

Alexandria engaged in substantial community engagement over the past few months to inform negotiations and improve the proposal for the community. They trusted the process and preserved their integrity while participating in discussions, but were disappointed by the outcome between Governor Youngkin and General Assembly members who blocked his incentive plan from passing. Despite this setback, Alexandria remains committed to pursuing economic opportunities that improve their quality of life and economic health.

Governor Youngkin has blamed personal and political agendas for driving away economic development projects like Alexandria’s Potomac Yard Entertainment District opportunity. This failure highlights the challenges of balancing economic development with political interests in such negotiations.

In conclusion, while Alexandria was disappointed by

By Samantha Nguyen

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