“Mega Venues” are designed to direct audience members toward an entertainment space, whether it’s a dedicated stage or a multipurpose floor. As compared to “performance venues,” the spaces tend to be more informal and rely more on state-of-the art sound systems than on acoustics. And… they’re huge – both in terms of physical space and the acts that they can attract.
9:30 Club is a standing-only venue with a capacity of 1200 people. It is a state-of-the-art concert space which presents top-name rock, punk, hip-hop and country acts nightly. It has won multiple Billboard Touring Awards and Pollstar “Nightclub of the Year” honors, and was rated as the #1 Big Room in America by Rolling Stone Magazine Online. It has long been the District’s premier venue for nationally known touring acts.
CAPITAL ONE ARENA
The Capital One Arena (formerly The Verizon Center) is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. The arena is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team. It boasts an average of 220 events per year, including concerts and family shows ranging from all-time greats to current-day chart-topping artists. In the 17-year history of the arena some of the artists who have roamed the halls and mastered the stage at Verizon Center include: U2, Justin Timberlake, The Three Tenors, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Beyonce, the Dalai Lama, and the WWE.
The DC Armory is a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena with 70,000 square feet of floor space. It is considered to be one of the most versatile venues in the Mid-Atlantic region and offers a wide variety of events year-round, including concerts, expos, sporting events, trade shows, conventions, and circuses. It has also served as home to inauguration balls every election cycle spanning from President John F. Kennedy to President Barack Obama. The Armory is the home of the DC National Guard and the DC Rollergirls, a female flat-track roller derby league.
Echostage is DC’s largest nightlife concert venue. It boasts a sprawling, 30,000+ square foot layout, top-tier sound design, and advanced LED visual displays, all designed to accommodate live bands, emcees and a myriad of other large-scale productions.
High production values are paramount at Echostage. From the cutting-edge, German-imported sound system to an interior design that ensures unobstructed sight lines from any seat in the house, the sensory experience of an Echostage event is memorable. Concert-goers can grab a close-up glimpse of the stage from the photo pit, or take a breather at two 60-foot bars that line each side of the dance floor. Visitors looking to enjoy the show from up high can cozy up to seven of their closest friends in one of the 30 bottle service Mezzanines.