How to hold court – Jim Van Stone
Executive Profile Meet the (other) man behind Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s growing enterprise
He may not be as recognizable as his boss, but Monumental Sports exec Jim Van Stone has been busy helping expands the firm’s boundaries
Jim Van Stone
President of Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Wizards (NBA), Capitals (NHL), Mystics (WNBA), Capital One Arena, NBC Sports Washington, Capital City GoGo (G League), Wizards District Gaming (NBA2K), Team Liquid, Caps Gaming, EagleBank Arena (George Mason), MedStar Capitals Iceplex, MedStar Wizards Performance Center, Monumental Sports Network, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Sports Capital Symposium
Jim Van Stone is the President of Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer overseeing ticket sales and services, corporate partnerships, executive suites, marketing and retail business. Previously Van Stone was Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Chief Revenue Officer.
Van Stone has played a leading role in a myriad of groundbreaking sponsorship agreements at Monumental including arena naming rights (Capital One), Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics practice facility naming rights and medical partnership (MedStar Health), Wizards jersey patch (GEICO), technology platform (Alibaba), and the first international partner for the Wizards (NEC). In October of 2019, Van Stone led negotiations with William Hill to become the first official sportsbook partner of the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics – the first partnership of its kind in North America.
From a ticketing perspective, Monumental has seen incredible success since Van Stone’s arrival, including a Capitals sellout streak dating back to the 2008-09 season and oversight of several major events including the 2011 and 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and 2019 NBA London Game.
Under Van Stone’s guidance, Capital One Arena underwent a $70 million transformational renovation during the summer of 2018 and 2019, which included the latest in LED video technology, one of the largest 360-degree continuous video screens in sports and modernized concourses, suites and destination lounges throughout the building.
Van Stone joined the Capitals as vice president of ticket sales and service in 2007 before transitioning to his Monumental Sports & Entertainment role in 2010. Before joining the organization, Van Stone held senior positions with the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Coyotes.