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Monumental introduces digital tickets


Monumental introduces digital tickets

Washington sports fans now have the option of going green.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced today the introduction of a digital ticket system available to Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Georgetown Hoyas season-ticket holders.

The Season Ticket Digital Card program replaces traditional paper tickets with a preloaded card containing corresponding seat locations. The card serves as admission to all games within a customers full-season or partial-plan ticket package for Capitals games and full-season ticket package for Wizards, Mystics and Georgetown mens basketball games.

Season-ticket holders will receive one card per account that includes several account management benefits. With the introduction of the card, all Capitals, Wizards and Mystics account management functions previously associated with fees are now free. Season-ticket holders will now be able to print tickets at home and forward tickets without paying a single fee. Capitals and Wizards ticket holders also may use the system to list tickets for sale through Ticketmaster TicketExchange. If a customer opts to have a paper ticket for a particular game, the system allows the customer to print tickets from any computer.

We are always looking to bring the most up-to-date technological advances to our season-ticket holders as well as improve and enhance the game-day experience, said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of ticket sales and services.

This quick, secure and easy-to-use digital ticket system will give our guests the ultimate convenience and flexibility in using their seats, added Dave Touhey, Verizon Center senior vice president and general manager.

The card is valid for all seat locations on an account and is swiped using a hand-held computer by an attendant upon entrance to Verizon Center. Patrons then receive a seat locator tab for each valid ticket stored on the card, which is used as the ticket for the game once inside of the arena.

Georgetown athletics is pleased to work with Monumental Sports and Ticketmaster to provide digital ticketing solutions and enhanced technology to fans in an efficient, secure and easy manner, said Dan ONeil, Georgetown University associate athletics director for external affairs. We place a high priority on customer service and are excited to offer digital-ticketing solutions to our loyal Hoya fan base.

In an effort to make the transition to digital tickets as easy as possible, several resources are available to customers. Season-ticket holders will receive a brochure with a detailed explanation of the systems benefits, answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step instructions on how to use online functionalities. In addition, more information and a series of video tutorials are currently available on the Capitals and Wizards websites.

Fans holding single-game tickets, group tickets and suite tickets will continue to receive paper tickets.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Pistons

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Pistons

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 113-112 loss to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night that are worth revisiting...

1. Kelly Oubre, Jr. has emerged as a very good defensive player for the Wizards this season. One thing he has become very good at is jumping passing lanes for steals.

On Saturday night, he did so twice in a short span against the Pistons, each time finishing with a slam on the other end:

His second one had a bit more oomph to it. It was also capped off by Oubre smiling as he ran back on defense:

2. Bradley Beal didn't have his best game, as he finished 4-for-15 from the field. But he did have this big, two-handed slam in the first half:

3. Speaking of Beal, this was a scary moment. Beal fell down and hit his head hard on the floor. He ended up being fine, but that had to hurt:

4. Now, for two key plays that helped decide this game. Both of them involved twin brothers Markieff Morris of the Wizards and Marcus of the Pistons. 

On this one, Markieff blocked his brother with just under a minute left. At the time it preserved the lead for the Wizards:

5. But Marcus had the last laugh with this buzzer-beating tip-in to lift the Pistons to victory and end the Wizards' four-game winning streak:

That's a heartbreaking loss, but another night with plenty of highlights.

[RELATED: Porter develops into elite 3-point shooter]

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Takeaways from Wizards' last-second loss to Pistons

Takeaways from Wizards' last-second loss to Pistons

Markieff Morris had what appeared to be the biggest play of the game, blocking a putback attempt from his brother, Marcus, to keep the Wizards ahead going into the final minute on Saturday.

But the Detroit Pistons had multiple shots on the final possession as Marcus Morris tipped in Tobias Harris’ shot for a 113-112 win to snap Washington’s four-game winning streak.

John Wall (19 points, 10 assists) posted his 26th double-double of the season followed by Markieff Morris (19 points, nine rebounds), Bradley Beal (17 points), Otto Porter (11 points, seven rebounds) and Marcin Gortat (12 points, seven rebounds) among the starters.

Jason Smith (season-high 16 points) and Kelly Oubre (11 points, two steals) led the bench.

Beal made two free throws to put the Wizards ahead 112-111 before the final sequences between the Morris brothers. It had erased a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.

Morris’ tip, however, draws the season series to 1-1 and the Wizards (23-20) have a final game on this three-game trip Monday at the Charlotte Hornets.

Marcus Morris (25 points, 11 rebounds) led Detroit, followed by Reggie Jackson (19 points, eight assists) and Tobias Harris (18 points, nine rebounds).

--The Wizards had a chance to take a three-point lead before Detroit had its final possession. Wall, however, dribbled out the clock and took a low percentage fadeaway over Jackson from deep that failed. Morris had popped to the top of the three-point arc to either face up Andre Drummond, who sagged deep into the paint to contain Wall’s driving.

--Beal’s shooting woes continued after shooting 4-for-14 and 4-for-13 in the Wizards’ previous two games. Detroit was physical. Beal was trucked by Jackson on a drive as he took a charge and had the back of his head slam to the floor. Then Beal was fouled by Harris on his arm on the fast break and clutched his left knee on the fall. Porter signaled for medical help but Beal was able to rise and make the key free throws late to put them ahead. Beal shot 4-for-17, including 0-for-7 from three despite having a lot of open looks. Beal is 1-for-21 from three in his last three games.

--Drummond (three points, 10 rebounds) was rendered a non-factor as he got into foul trouble early. He picked up his third foul by 5:44 of the second quarter. He only played 17 total minutes because he had five fouls.

--Coach Scott Brooks went with Oubre and Morris on the floor for the final possession rather than Gortat. Oubre was outmuscled on a switch by Drummond to create the extra shot attempts at the end. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Pistons beat Wizards on last second tip-in]