The capitals are finally playing in front of a real crowd. Here’s what to expect if you go.
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For the first time in more than a year, the Washington Capitals will play a home game tonight in front of fans against the New York Islanders. The game will be limited to 10% of its capacity or 2,100 fans, according to guidelines established by the Mayor’s Office, the DC Department of Health, and the DC Homeland Security and Management Agency. Numerous tickets to tonight’s games have been reserved for hundreds of frontline workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic. The remaining tickets were first offered to season ticket holders.
For fans heading to the arena, here’s what you can expect.
The Capital One Arena garage will not be open to the public for parking tonight, so it would be best to plan ahead. For help with parking, Capital One Arena has partnered with Spot Hero, an online service that helps identify nearby parking garages. If you head to their website or app, you can find parking nearby and the prices that come with it.
Keep what you bring to a minimum! Bags and objects larger than 14 ”by 14” by 6 ”are not permitted in the arena. Anything you hold or items in your pockets will go through x-ray machines.
Tickets are mobile only, which means paper tickets will not be accepted, so make sure you have the right app, which depends on where you got your ticket, downloaded, and picked up.
Face masks will, of course, be required at all times for fans over the age of 2. Neck warmers, bandanas or face masks with valves or vents are not acceptable and will not be considered to meet this requirement. Masks are expected to remain on at all times except for short periods when a fan may eat. If a fan finds himself in a situation of repeated face mask police disrespect, they could be removed from the arena.
Upon entering the arena, fans will also have to answer a few questions as part of a health exam. Some of these questions relate to symptoms one may have such as a fever or runny nose and whether a visitor has been in close contact with someone who has recently had COVID.
Tickets for the game were sold or distributed in groups of one to four seats, which are staggered throughout the arena, to keep people six feet apart. Fans are expected to stay in these seats for most of the game, moving only to stand up for the national anthem, use the bathroom or fetch food.
The concession stands at tonight’s game will give fans pre-packaged options and quick bites, and fans will only have to eat for them. The concession stands will offer and encourage cashless and contactless payment options, but they will also accept cash. Fans can also get food and drink for them from traveling sales teams, but they won’t take any cash. Alcoholic beverages will be offered, but these sales will be halted at concession stands midway through the second period.
The Team Store won’t be open tonight either, but there will be pop-up locations available during the game.