During an interview on DC101’s “Elliot in the Morning” Friday, Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis seemed to confirm what many fans are hoping for: an outdoor viewing party for Games Three and Four of the Stanley Cup Final near the Capital One Arena.
“I do believe we’ve been given permission to show the game outside,” Leonsis said, noting that the NHL, not the Capitals organization, is largely responsible for the events occurring around the Final matchups.
Leonsis did not divulge details, but he did say he thought most outdoor events would happen in the area around the National Portrait Gallery and near José Andrés’ Zaytinya restaurant. That would put the festivities on G street between 7th and 9th.
That location aligns with recent updates from the city about street closures around the arena. G and F Streets between 7th and 9th will be closed on game days, along with 7th and 8ths Street from E to H.
F Street between 6th and 7th, immediately adjacent to the arena, is closed for the duration of the playoffs, as is 6 Street between F and G.
Leonsis told Elliot people should expect some inconvenience around travel and security and encouraged fans to arrive early.
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