Capitals Announce Outdoor Watch Party Details For Opening Night

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The Washington Capitals announced on Friday morning that there will be an outdoor viewing party for those who do not have tickets to the team’s season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. The game is slated to start at 7:30 PM. 

The viewing party will likely have a similar set-up the team used when there were watch parties outside of Capital One Arena for Games 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights last June.

The game will be televised on the screen above the McDonald’s on G street.

The Capitals’ banner-raising ceremony will start at 7 PM.

Capitals’ Release

Today, Monumental Sports & Entertainment along with Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Capital One Arena will broadcast the 2018 Washington Capitals Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony and home opener against the Boston Bruins on the G Street outdoor video board on Wednesday, October 3.

The Capital One Arena video board located above McDonald’s on G Street will broadcast live both the pregame banner-raising ceremony and the game against the Boston Bruins. G Street will be closed to traffic between 7th Street and 9th Street, NW starting at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to attend to watch the ceremony and the game. Fans attending are strongly encouraged to take Metro.

The Rock The Red Carpet event, where Washington Capitals players arrive pre-game, will be on F Street beginning at 4:45 p.m. The pregame ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m., ahead of the start of the game.

Specific street closures and timings include:

Traffic and Parking Enforcement:

In order to facilitate this event, there will be no vehicular traffic in the blocks around the Capital One Arena listed below. The closures will begin on Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30. Information is subject to change based on prevailing conditions.

F Street, NW from 6th Street to 7th Street, NW (2:30PM to 10:30 pm)

G Street, NW between 7th Street and 9th Street (accessible only to local residents and monthly parking pass holders)

8th Street, NW, between G and H Streets, NW

Traffic Restrictions:

G Street from 7th Street – 9th Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

8th Street from G Street to H Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

F Street from 6th Street – 7th Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

8th Street from G Street to H Street, NW (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

Parking Restrictions:

From 12noon until 2:00am:

No parking on G Street, NW between 7th Street and 9th Street

No parking on F Street, NW between 6th Street and 9th Street

No parking on 7th St between E Street and H Street

Bike Access:  

Capital Bikeshare stations will be closed at 6th and F Streets, NW and 7th and F Streets, NW

The large, energetic, and excited crowds who came out to Capital One Arena during the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup championship run this spring made Capital One Arena the best place to be in Washington, DC. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is excited to once again host the best fans in the world next Wednesday. We ask all fans to continue to Rock the Red responsibly and ensure that the viewing party is safe for all attendees.

Fans are encouraged to follow Capital One Arena on Instagram (@capitalonearena), Twitter (@capitalonearena) and Facebook (@capitalonearena).

About Monumental Sports &Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), located in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates seven professional sports teams: the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade and 2018 AFL Champion Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming, NHL’s 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The company is also co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and owns and operates Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus. In conjunction with the District of Columbia and Events DC, MSE opened a new sports and entertainment facility in Southeast DC on the St. Elizabeth’s East campus in September 2018. Facility highlights include MedStar Wizards Performance Center, the brand-new training facility for the Wizards, Go-Go and Mystics, and a 4,200-seat arena which will serve as the new home of the Mystics and Go-Go. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also co-owns and operates Monumental Sports Network (MSN) with the NBC Sports Group. MSN is the mid-Atlantic region’s top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. Visit

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Announce Outdoor Watch Party Details For Opening Night

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    This just might be the big one.

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