Events DC


Entertainment and Sports Arena




Washington, DC




$68 million


Moya Designs
Smoot Gilbane


91,600 square feet

Flexible LEED Silver Arena Serving the WNBA Mystics, Training for the NBA Wizards, Esports, and Community Events

The DC Entertainment and Sports Arena is a multipurpose LEED Silver, 4,200-seat facility. It was the first WNBA-dedicated facility in the league and includes a practice facility to serve as the training center for the NBA Washington Wizards and the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G League.

Our team provided acoustic and technology design along with commissioning services for the new community-centric arena located at St. Elizabeth’s East Campus.

The flexible arena serves a variety of uses including concerts and esports. We designed the infrastructure to support events where rental systems are utilized. For WNBA games, the facility includes permanent audio systems, LED scoreboards, and fascia boards, with control from a video production room. Extensive broadcast cabling was provided for in-house as well as truck and production use.

As the Commissioning Authority for the project, we provided services to achieve Enhanced Commissioning under LEED v4. Energy-efficient MEP systems with straightforward maintenance requirements provide cost-effective and reliable comfort for occupants. The HVAC systems include air conditioning units and a rooftop unit, energy recovery units, and a variable refrigerant flow system. The arena also includes an engineered smoke control system.

The Entertainment and Sports Arena project was a fast-track and high-profile project. A lot of attention was required the first four weeks of the project which typically is not a norm for commissioning teams. However, Salas O’Brien was nothing but proactive, and their early input and red flags were proven to be one of the reasons that the project became successful at the end.

Project Executive, Smoot Construction
Mac Naeemi