On Wednesday, February 24th the Capitals are set to sell-out their 300th consecutive game, when they play host to the Montreal Canadiens. This means the team has sold out all home game tickets since the start of the 2008-09 season.
This accomplishment is a true testament to the dedication and passion of Capitals fans and the team has given plenty of reason to be supportive of them: since the beginning of the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season, the Capitals have a record of 151-58-21.
The growth of hockey in Washington has grown exponentially since the arrival of Alex Ovechkin, and after the team’s resurgence in the 2007-08 season, fans came out in even more numbers to support the Caps. The Caps have fared well at home this season, going 21-4-2.
The easily accessible location of the Verizon Center has also helped increase fan attendance and last season, the Capitals ranked fifth in average attendance with 19,099 and currently rank 11th with 18,509. That is a surprise given their dominance this season.
Despite their current ranking, the Capitals’ success is more important than attendance; even though attendance could be higher, the possibility of winning a Stanley Cup should be prioritized over attendance.
Any way one slices it, 300 straight sellouts is an impressive accomplishment. It’s a true testament of the passion and love of the sport by fans. Here’s to another 300 consecutive sell outs!
By Michael Fletwood