NBA 2K League to hold ’23 season at D.C.’s District E venue
The 2023 NBA 2K League season will take place at District E, a new live event center in Washington, D.C.
The game will start on March 8.
District E is set to open in March next to Capital One Arena, home of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals. The building is designed to host a variety of sporting events in downtown Washington, and esports is the center of attention.
The site includes an area where fans can watch the competition, as well as a training center. In addition to the NBA 2K League season, District E will host the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive BLAST Premier Spring Finals in June.
“As early investors of the NBA 2K League, we are honored to welcome the world’s most prestigious esports athletes to our new esports and entertainment facility,” said Zach Leonsis, President media and business news at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
“The League has crafted an exciting season and we look forward to welcoming their fans and the rest of the vast community of players from across the Mid-Atlantic to District E for a one-of-a-kind experience. And for those who are new to esports, we believe we will turn them into die-hard fans once they see the incredible live-action in person and all the other conveniences District E has to offer.”
Monumental holdings include the Wizards, Capitals, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, Wizards District Gaming and Caps Gaming. These latter two teams will occupy District E and will also serve as the east coast satellite office for the Team Liquid esports organization.
The NBA 2K League also announced Thursday that for the first time, the season will be split into 3v3 and 5v5 competitions. The league finals for the 3v3 sector will take place on May 13, and the finals for the 5v5 game will take place on August 5.