Events DC Presents Wale x Friends at DC's Newest Entertainment and Sports Arena on Friday, October 5

Blockbuster Lineup of Local Artists Headlined by DC Rapper Wale Continue the Grand Opening Celebration for the New Arena in Congress Heights, DC

Washington, DC – Friday, September 28, 2018 – Events DC is pleased to announce an added show to the dynamic lineup of grand opening events to celebrate the much-anticipated Entertainment and Sports Arena, Wale x Friends. Rapper and DC native, Wale, will headline the showcase that features more than 20 local DJs, bands and performers. The star-studded lineup of surprise guests will celebrate some of DC’s favorite homegrown artists and rising stars in this new city venue.

“DC is home to some of the most innovative and diverse musicians in the world with a thriving music scene that embraces diversity. With the opening of the new Entertainment and Sports Arena, we look forward to welcoming and celebrating many of our talented local artists,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “As part of the Arena’s grand opening concert series, Events DC presents Wale x Friends, headlined by DC’s very own Wale, to celebrate our commitment to the community and growing the local creative economy.”

“I’m honored to host the first concert at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena. Having a world-class venue in Congress Heights is a great look for the city and I’m hyped to kick it off.“ – Wale.

In an effort to showcase DC’s best and brightest musicians, Events DC has curated a lineup that will continue celebrating the completion of the 4,200-seat Arena while paying homage to DC’s diverse musical landscape. As the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events in the nation's capital, Events DC, is committed to promoting our city’s talented artists, signature festivals and iconic venues – to best support our rich and diverse creative community.

Tickets for this show will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET on Ticketmaster. The cost per ticket is $5.

WHO: Wale
Ari Lennox
Beau Young Prince
Chaz French
Coach Bombay
DJ Money
Farrah Flosscett
Innanet James
Jerome Baker III
King Iven
Little Bacon Bear
Mane Squeeze
Mista Selecta
Ras Nebyu
Surprise Guests

WHEN: Friday, October 5
**Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm**
**Media must RSVP to be credentialed for this show**

WHERE: Entertainment and Sports Arena
1100 Oak Drive SE
Washington, DC 20032

HOW: Tickets for this show will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET on Ticketmaster. The cost per ticket is $5.

About The Entertainment and Sports Arena
A project deemed as "Bigger than Basketball," the Entertainment and Sports Arena, is a 4,200-seat, 120,000-square-foot arena located in Congress Heights of Washington, DC The venue will establish a premier entertainment destination within Ward 8 that will open doors to more diverse programming options in the District. It will also attract cultural and community-based events, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the rich diversity of the DC in a brand-new space.

Located on the former site of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Congress Heights in Ward 8, Entertainment and Sports Arena is projected to produce $90 million in new tax revenue over 20 years, attract more than 380,000 annual visitors per year to the Congress Heights neighborhood.

In collaboration with Smoot/Gilbane Sports, the project honors opportunities for local businesses and District residents to bring much-needed economic and civic benefits to the local community, with nearly half of the project’s hires living in Wards 7 or 8. The project has also exceeded its initial Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) goal set forth with over 65% of the contracts awarded to CBEs and more than $10 million dollars worth of contracts have been awarded to Ward 7 and 8 businesses.

Events DC along with its project teams, Brailsford & Dunlavey as the program management team, the architect/engineer joint venture of Washington Arena Design Group and Smoot/Gilbane Sports as the construction management team, have played a key role in the planning, design and construction of the new facility.

To learn more about the Arena and to view the upcoming calendar of events,

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Skate Park at RFK Campus. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the brand-new Entertainment and Sports Arena (, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC).