Looking at the official Verizon Center Schedule of Events, I looked at the number of times the Caps play a game the day after (and in some cases, the evening after an afternoon game) either an NBA game, Georgetown Hoyas game or a concert. Then I did the same for the Wizards. I excluded pre-season games, unless one of the teams was playing a regular season game the next night. Here's what I found:
- Wizards Games: 20
- Hoyas Games: 3 (2 of which are played at noon on the day of a 7pm Caps game)
- Concerts: 4 ('The Wall' Live, Minister Dr. David Jeremiah, a choir competition and Lady Gaga)
- TOTAL: 27 games
- Capitals Games: 15
- Hoyas Games: 4 (3 of which are played at noon on the day of a 7pm Wizards game)
- Concerts: 1 (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
- Others: 1 (2nd Round of NCAA March Madness)
- TOTAL: 20 games
So there you have it. The Caps play 7 more games after another Verizon Center event than do the Wizards. And, speaking with no experience in the matter, I'd imagine a basketball-to-basketball change-over is less intensive, yet still affects the ice surface below it. With so many floor-to-ice transitions throughout the season, it's no wonder that the Verizon Center ice's quality is questioned from time to time. It's a credit to the fine change-over crew at the arena that there were far less complaints last season than in seasons prior.
Hopefully with a full season of full ownership under his belt, Ted can ensure that the Caps and Wizards will have a more balanced schedule for the 2011-2012 season.