The Washington Valor is a professional arena football team based in Washington, D.C. scheduled to begin play in the Arena Football League in 2017.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.
Arena football is a variety of indoor gridiron football played by the Arena Football League and China Arena Football League.
The team's planned home arena is the Verizon Center.
The Verizon Center, formerly known as the MCI Center, is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C. Named after its sponsor, the telecommunications company Verizon Communications, the Verizon Center has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" by local fans, because of its historical association with various telecommunications companies, such as MCI Inc. and Verizon.
The Valor is owned by Monument Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association, Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the new Baltimore Brigade franchise.
The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league currently comprising 30 teams – 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada – with a 31st team in Las Vegas scheduled to begin play in the 2017–18 season.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
The initial announcement was made on February 10, 2016 of being close to a deal.
The official announcement was made on March 10, 2016.
The name team name Valor, and colors of red, white, blue and silver were announced on July 14, 2016.
The Valor will be the first AFL franchise to play in the DC market since the Washington Commandos folded in 1990.