Washington Capitals owner defends Virginia arena proposal against criticisms over funding and location

Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis defended the proposed $2 billion arena and entertainment district in Alexandria, Virginia, after sharp criticism of the plan, including over leaving downtown Washington, D.C.

Leonsis penned a letter to fans in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, where he attempted to quell concerns from residents over the cost to taxpayers and the location of the proposed home for the Capitals and Wizards.

“I look forward to hearing from those who are concerned, working to address any issues raised and demonstrating why I believe this is the best decision for our fans, our thousands of full and part-time employees, the teams, the athletes, our partners, and the DMV,” Leonsis said.

He explained how he believes the plan to build the
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