The new, 4,200-seat venue is a major downsize from 18,000-seat Capital One Arena. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Reporter covering local colleges and universities May 31 at 3:18 PM

To Elena Delle Donne, the Washington Mystics’ shiny new arena in Southeast D.C. has felt like home for a few months now. She spent much of her offseason training in the practice facility, shooting on a floor that still gleams, lifting in the new weight room and taking advantage of the treatment options available when she was nursing a left knee injury, including a cryogenic chamber, an underwater treadmill and multiple pools.

One short walk through a hallway, and

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