The Washington Capitals are back and so is the ice at Capital One Arena.
Thursday, after the team’s first skate of Training Camp, the Capitals posted a timelapse video of the process.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment will be holding a garage sale at Capital One Arena on Friday.
From 8 AM to 8 PM, Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics fans will be able to purchase discounted merch priced $1, $5, $15, or $30.
What seemed farfetched months before is now becoming a reality.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Monday during a press conference that Capital One Arena and all large sports venues in the district will have their capacity restrictions lifted on June 11.
That means that if the Washington Capitals make a deep run in this year’s postseason, they could play in front of a full building.
The Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 1-0 in front of some very special guests at Capital One Arena, Tuesday night. 2,100 Capitals fans were in attendance, marking the first time fans were allowed in the building since March 4, 2020 – right before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite only being at 10 percent capacity, Capital One Arena roared loudly several times during the game, most notably during a successful penalty kill late in the third period.
Capitals forward Tom Wilson noticed and thanked the fans for their support afterward.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment had their waiver approved last week by the DC government to reopen Capital One Arena for Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards games. Now, MSE is announcing its plans moving forward.
The Washington Capitals’ first game with fans will be their April 27th home game against the New York Islanders. 2,100 fans will be allowed to attend at a maximum, which is 10 percent capacity. The Capitals will give tickets to DMV first responders and frontline and essential workers of the COVID-19 response and honor them during the game.
“Our fans bring a lot of energy to our arena,” Jakub Vrana said recently. “They’re like an extra player for us. Even if it’s not going to be full, we’ll still be happy to see people in the stands cheering for us, giving us some extra energy. We’ve been missing that. Without them, it’s been quiet out there.”
Washington Capitals fans will be allowed to attend a hockey game as soon as next week.
Friday, the District approved Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s waiver for Capital One Arena to host fans at Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards games immediately. DC gave MSE permission to host fans at 10 percent capacity.
The news was reported by the Washington Post’s Michael Brice-Saddler.
Muriel Bowser announced in mid-March that local sports teams could apply to host fans after March 22. The Washington Nationals and DC United had their waivers approved at their outdoor stadiums, but weeks later, Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s request to reopen Capital One Arena to Capitals and Wizards fans remains pending.
Monday, Mayor Bowser announced that while indoor capacity for Capitals and Wizards games cannot resume yet, a decision will be made “soon.”
The Washington Capitals are one step closer to hosting some fans at Capital One Arena this season.
On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted a number of pandemic restrictions in Washington DC. During her press conference, Bowser also revealed that that sports teams in the district can apply to begin hosting fans after March 22.
The timing comes less than three weeks before the Washington Nationals’ season opener on April 1 against the New York Mets.
Half of all NHL teams have already opened up their arenas to some fans. Now, the Washington Capitals may join them.
On Monday, Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the district is looking to scuttle some restrictions on businesses. The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer reported that included “attendance at professional sports games.”
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is giving sports fans a chance to be at Capitals and Wizards games physically without the danger of literally being there during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, Monumental announced that fans can buy cardboard cutouts of themselves which will be placed at Capital One Arena during games.
The price is $75 ($60 for Capital One cardholders) and a “portion of the proceeds will benefit MSE Foundation.” The cutouts can be purchased here.
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