Charles E. Smith Center
The Smith Center in January 2016
|Location||600 22nd Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052 USA
|Owner||George Washington University|
|Operator||George Washington University|
|Opened||December 6, 1975|
|Construction cost||$5 million
($22 million in 2016 dollars)
|George Washington Colonials
(Basketball, volleyball & gymnastics)
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 has also been 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.
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. 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
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- "Colonial Cable April 2008". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
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