Charles E. Smith Center

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The Charles E. Smith Center
Charles E. Smith Center Exterior.jpg
Location 600 22nd Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052 USA
Owner George Washington University
Operator George Washington University
Capacity 5,000
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Opened December 6, 1975
Construction cost $5 million
($21.9 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Tenants
George Washington Colonials
(Basketball, volleyball & gymnastics)
Washington Kastles

The Charles E. Smith Center is a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena in the United States' capital, Washington, D.C. It is home to the George Washington University Colonials men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the university's swimming, water polo, gymnastics, and volleyball teams. Starting in July 2014, it will also be the home of the World TeamTennis Washington Kastles. It is located on the main George Washington campus in Foggy Bottom, on the block bounded by 22nd and 23rd and F and G Streets NW. The arena also has hosted concerts and includes practice courts, a swimming pool, a weight room, and athletic department offices.

The building was named for Charles E. Smith, who was a university trustee and Chairman of the Committee on University Development at the time.

A $43 million update and expansion of the Smith Center began in February 2008, due in part to a $10 million gift from the family of Charles E. Smith.[2] Renovations were finished before the start of the 2010-2011 Basketball season. Improvements include:

  • New team locker rooms
  • A new seating chart for students and Athletic Director's Club members
  • The Colonial's Club
  • new scoreboards
  • A new exterior design
  • A new entranceway
  • A new ticket booth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Colonial Cable April 2008". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′52″N 77°02′58″W / 38.897755°N 77.049329°W / 38.897755; -77.049329