Verizon Center’s heightened security for Wiz, not Hoyas

3 p.m. update: No Obama tonight. But we all got pat downs anyway!

Original post: Minutes ago, we got a strange email that urged us to arrive “at least 45 minutes earlier than you normally would” for tomorrow’s men’s basketball game at the Verizon Center. And season ticket holders got it too.

“There will be enhanced security at the entrances to the arena for this game,” the email read.

Could President Barack Obama be visiting the Verizon Center? Possibly, but he won’t be watching Georgetown play the mighty Greyhounds of Loyola Maryland. Earlier today, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis (COL ’77) gave a coy hint that suggested the security presence is for the Wizards-Heat game scheduled for Saturday night.

“We will have a big crowd on Saturday, lots of dignitaries and VIPs. If I was you, I wouldn’t be too cool for school and think you will get into the building at your leisure at 7:15 pm. I would get there early,” Leonsis wrote on his blog.

Last January, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched Georgetown thump Duke in front of a packed Verizon Center.

Photo: Lynn Kirshbaum

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