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A lot of Washington Capitals fans are planning on making the pilgrimage to D.C. to watch Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Some will be lucky enough to watch inside Capital One Arena. Others will be watching outside the building or in surrounding bars. The metro will stay open for an extra hour to accommodate the fans on their way home.
NEW: Metro partnership with @MSE Monumental Sports will keep trains running an hour later Thursday night for @Capitals Game 5 watch events | Details and last train times here: https://t.co/uzBUeLAfVB #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup #DC #WeWantTheCup #wmata pic.twitter.com/RKaNK1vpq8
— Metro (@wmata) June 6, 2018
The train typically stops running at midnight on Thursday’s unless a company agrees to pay $100,000 dollars to keep it open an hour later. Monumental Sports and Entertainment has stepped up to the plate to pay the fee. It’s fitting in large part because this is the company that owns the Capitals and Capital One Arena. This marks the first time Metro will be open late to accommodate an away game.
FROM THE WMATA PRESS RELEASE
Metro and Monumental Sports and Entertainment today announced special late-night rail service to accommodate fans attending the official Caps Game 5 watch party at the Capital One Arena and surrounding streets around Gallery Place. Trains will run a full hour beyond Metro’s regular weeknight closing time thanks to the Monumental partnership, which covers the $100,000 in additional expenses associated with keeping the 234-mile, 91-station transit system open.
The agreement is the first time the Metrorail system has ever extended hours for an away game as the Capitals stand one win away from their first-ever Stanley Cup win.
“We are grateful that Monumental has stepped in to support the Caps, Metro and – most importantly – the fans,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “I’m proud to say we’re in full ‘ALL CAPS’ mode at Metro, ready to do our part to provide great service before and after the game.”
After Metro’s regular closing time, Caps fans can enter the system at three stations: Gallery Place, Metro Center (11th & G street entrance only) or Judiciary Square (F Street entrance only). All other stations will be “exit only.”
Thursday’s last trains from Gallery Place-Chinatown are now scheduled to depart at:
Red Line to Glenmont 12:38 a.m.; Shady Grove 12:32 a.m.
Green Line to Branch Ave 12:28 a.m.; Greenbelt 12:48 a.m.
Yellow Line to Huntington 12:19 a.m.
The last trains from Metro Center will depart at:
Orange Line to New Carrollton 12:16 a.m.; Vienna 12:40 a.m.
Blue Line to Franconia-Springfield 12:28 a.m.; Largo Town Center 12:27 a.m.
Silver Line to Wiehle-Reston East 12:21 a.m.
In the event of overtime, Metro will provide any updates regarding last train times through arena announcements, on Twitter (@wmata and @metrorailinfo) and via MetroAlerts email and text messages. To sign up for MetroAlerts, visit wmata.com/metroalerts.
By Michael Marzzacco