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DC'S AMAZING SHRINKING ARENA -- PLANS CALL FOR 20,000 SEATS
Published March 17, 1995
Plans for the new arena in downtown Washington call for the facility to seat 20,000, less than the 23,000-24,000 originally expected. Bullets/Capitals owner Abe Pollin unveiled plans for the new $180M facility yesterday. Planners say the size will not affect arena revenue because estimates were based on seating less than 20,000. In other news, the Smithsonian Institution's top official has informed the DC Council that the new arena "could destroy business" at two nearby museums. Smithsonian Secretary Michael Heyman said "arena traffic could overwhelm" the area around the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of American Art and that the museums could be damaged by the construction (Woellert & Stanley, WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/17).