The Greene Turtle's days are numbered at Capital One Arena

Chris Lingebach
March 06, 2019 - 10:00 pm
The Greene Turtle's days are numbered at Capital One Arena

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D.C.'s sports institutions are crumbling faster than their replacements can be built.

Wednesday brought two crippling blows to fans accustomed to attending games at Capital One Arena, the biggest news being that Steve Buckhantz, whose contract option has not been picked up by NBC Sports Washington, could be out as play-by-play announcer for the Wizards at season's end. He's been in the role since 1997.

On top of this, The Greene Turtle, a longtime haunt for Wizards and Caps fans before and after games, will be closing after the final Wizards' home game on April 9. As Jacob Bogage reports for The Post, the space will be renamed "The Shell Raiser Lounge" during the Caps' postseason run. And it won't be re-opening next fall.

But fans could be find comfort in new plans for the space.

Washington Business Journal jumps to that next step, speculating it could be prime real estate for D.C.'s first sports book.

When the D.C. Council recently approved sports betting, it allowed for a license at the downtown arena, and Monumental CEO Ted Leonsis has made no secret of his interest in the emerging industry. In February, he spoke to WUSA Channel 9 about his vision for sports gambling at Capital One.

Monumental, which also owns the Washington Capitals and Wizards, is mum on what it plans at the 6,500-square-foot space, saying only it will become a "proprietary business concept."

Biz Journal clarifies that Monumental Sports & Entertainment bought The Greene Turtle out of its lease with another three years left on its term, a move that suggests Monumental has a more lucrative idea in mind. The Shell Raiser will be operated by The Greene Turtle, albeit temporarily, in accordance with a provision in its buyout deal through this year's playoffs.

Greene Turtle has been operating in the Gallery Place location for the last 12 years.

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