When the Eastern Conference Final schedule was released, many season-ticket holders felt anxiety. The starting time for each Capitals home game was pushed back an hour to 8 PM, increasing the likelihood that the final horn would blow after Metro closed its doors at 11:30 PM.
To extend Metro service for another hour costs a pretty penny. But for Game Three, Exelon, a leading energy provider, footed the $100,000 bill.
Tuesday night, DC councilman Jack Evans announced that Game Four is covered as well. But the entity doing so is a little strange.
On Tuesday, Evans told The Washington Post that the tiny, wealthy nation of Qatar has agreed to pay the $100,000 fee to keep Metro open until 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, when the Capitals host Game 4. That game also is set for an 8 p.m. start.
Evans led a delegation of D.C. government officials and private business representatives to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates last April in hopes of getting foreign investors interested D.C. projects. The government of Qatar previously invested heavily in the development of D.C.’s City Center.
Yes, the nation of Qatar, is helping Caps fans.
Metro hasn’t announced what the exact rail schedule will be, but it’s likely that it will look like the schedule for tonight’s Game Three, seen below.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) May 14, 2018
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