American non-profit healthcare organisation Medstar Health has acquired the exclusive naming rights to the training rink of National Hockey League (NHL) team the Washington Capitals and the practice court of National Basketball League (NBA) team the Washington Wizards.
The deal comes as part of a ten-year partnership agreed between Medstar and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Capitals and the Wizards. The agreement is designed to instil a greater focus on player health and training at the two teams.
The Capitals’ training complex, which opened in 2006, had been known as the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. It will now become the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Wizards’ own US$69 million training facility is due to open in September, and will be named the MedStar Wizards Performance Center.
As well as being used by the Wizards as their training venue, the stadium will be used by Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) team the Washington Mystics as their home arena. Capital City Go-Go, who play in the NBA G League – the developmental NBA affiliate – will also play matches at the arena.
Additionally, the Wizards District Gaming venue will also change its name, becoming the Medstar Wizards District Gaming Studio, where Monumental’s NBA2K esports team play.
With the expanded partnership, MedStar will also create a new medical model and a council that will focus on applying new and innovative training techniques to each Washington team.
Ted Leonsis, who owns Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement: “MedStar Health is a trailblazer in health care in the Washington and Baltimore communities. We hope that this expanded partnership will help reimagine the way teams in professional sports approach delivering the very best medical care.”