After an eight-day break, the Washington Capitals officially returned to the ice at Capital One Arena Friday to take on the Calgary Flames.
For some Capitals fans, it was a soggy experience trying to enter the arena.
According to RMNB’s Cara Bahniuk, only half the ticket entrances at F Street were open shortly before game time due to water flooding the entrances.
“The line was really long outside,” Bahniuk said. “As I walked to my section, I saw a bunch of commotion. There was water on the on the floor. When I went to get a drink with my father, the cashier said a pipe burst and that the same thing happened Thursday. People underneath the pipe got wet. The crowd ran in different directions when the water started spraying.”
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A mish-mash of Capital One Arena employees quickly descended on the area and soaked up the water with mops.
I reached out to the Capitals to clarify what happened.
“Due to the extreme cold temperatures, a sprinkler in close proximity to the F street box office lobby windows was, unfortunately, triggered at 6:45,” a Capitals representative said. “The lobby and entrances were quickly reopened after deemed safe.”
Washington DC has been mired in sub-freezing temperatures in the teens and single digits as several cold fronts have dumped snow on the area.
By the first intermission, the water had been cleared.
Headline photo: Cara Bahniuk
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