Verizon Center has gotten a new beer BottomsUP beer dispenser. This dispenser uses new technology to fill cups from the bottom, which means you’ll miss less of the game when you go to get a beer. See for yourself in the video below. There’s only one new dispenser for now, but there will probably be more in the future.
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.
Ted Leonsis (COL ’77), the owner of the Verizon Center, had a few words about the building’s new banner, which features senior guard Chris Wright.
“We want to support Georgetown basketball, too. They are tenants in the building,” Leonsis wrote on his blog. “I am on the board of directors of Georgetown and I am an alumnus of the College. Hence we mention Hoya basketball.”
The banner is a part of the “101 new improvements in 101 days” campaign Leonsis launched after purchasing the Verizon Center earlier this year.
Leonsis also owns three D.C. teams: the Wizards, the Capitals, and the Mystics.
According to health inspection reports uncovered by ESPN, every food vendor at the Verizon Center was cited with a “critical” health violation in 2009.
At least ten of the vendors were cited by health inspectors for mouse droppings found on the premises. D.C. Health Regulations dictate that the Verizon Center had five days to resolve the critical violations.
Ted Leonsis (COL ’77), the newly-approved majority owner of the Verizon Center, quickly responded to the report yesterday.
“I was surprised and disappointed by ESPN’s recent industry-wide report and ratings related to the cleanliness of professional sports venues, including Verizon Center,” Leonsis wrote on his blog. “When and if issues arise, we will take appropriate action, and from what I understand we have done exactly that in the past.”
Awed by the new, clean, and oh-so-shiny new MSB Building? So was Ted Leonsis (COL `77), AOL executive and owner of the Washington Capitols, when he visited the building last Monday. On his blog, Ted’s Take, Leonsis raved about the new building right down to the details, like the student blasting Kid N Play on his iPod:
“Wow — the energy in the building was crackling — undergraduate students mingling with grad students — in a spectacular new building — maybe the best facility I have ever been in for a University setting. I am so proud of this new building — and we have no mortgage on it to boot; if ever you are in town — go check out this facility.”
And though he may be a member of Georgetown’s Board of Directors, it’s heartening to earn the approval of someone like Leonsis. The Washington business whiz has been on too many “of the year” lists to count, he has his hands in technology, philanthropy, and ‘filmanthropy,’ and he’s survived a crash landing of a plane to boot.
The crash prompted him to make a list of 100 things he wanted to accomplish, including own a sports team (he bought the NHL’s Capitols) and donate $1 million to Georgetown, which he did. As of 2007, he was still looking for a building to put his family name on. Hello, Leonsis Science Building?
Nanking, a film about Japanese attack on China’s capital, was screened last semester at Georgetown. It was followed by a Q&A session with the film’s producer, Washington Capitals owner and Georgetown alum Ted Leonsis.
Leonsis’s new film, Kicking It, tracks the lives of six homeless people playing soccer in the Homeless World Cup. You can hold your own special screening, either by checking the documentary out at your local movie theater or by ordering it from Netflix after the DVD release.
They’re also cool with The D.C. Universe, the sleeper hit of DC blogs: “Seeing Leonsis looking as absolutely devastated as he did after the loss made for both an extremely surprising and an extremely powerful image.”
As far as D.C. versus Philadelphia goes in general, I cite this and this. But I guess it doesn’t matter because the Flyers are such barbarian mountain men vikings.
-Will Sommer, Blog Editor. Picture from DC Universe.