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Turner's Arena[1] was the name given to a 2,000 seat arena, located near the northeast corner of 14th and W Streets, NW in Washington, DC, and originally owned by local wrestling promoter Joe Turner. This venue was an early home to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, a precursor to WWE, which was started by Vincent J. McMahon in January 1953. McMahon took over the territory from Gabe Menendez, who had succeeded Turner after his death in 1947.[2] In addition, the arena hosted top professional boxing matches promoted by Goldie Ahearn featuring fighters such as Lou Gevinson, Lew Hanbury, and Jimmy Cooper. It was also the birthplace of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association annual basketball tournament, as well as the host to top country music acts and Jazz performances. It was renamed Capitol Arena in 1956 once Capitol Wrestling Corporation began broadcasting a syndicated weekly wrestling show from the arena every Thursday night.[2][3] The arena was closed and demolished in 1965.[2]


  1. ^ Ferrell, John (1942). "Washington, D.C. Joe Turner's arena". Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Gildea, William (June 27, 1965). "All lights go out at Capitol Arena". Washington Post. via Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Hornbaker, Tim (n.d.). "Washington, D.C. Wrestling Television History". Legacy of Wrestling. Retrieved August 8, 2019.

Coordinates: 38°55′9.8″N 77°1′53.5″W / 38.919389°N 77.031528°W / 38.919389; -77.031528