MSE’s Requested Waiver For 10% Capacity at Capital One Arena Remains Pending; Appears Fans Will Not Return for Remainder of 2020-21 Season

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On Monday, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in a press conference that Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s requested waiver for fans to attend games at Capital One Arena at 10% capacity is still pending with no definitive timeline for a decision to be made. It is unlikely that fans will return for games with the Washington Capitals and Wizards 2020-21 regular seasons concluding in May.

Below is the full statement from Monica Dixon, President of External Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer at MSE, as first reported by the Washington Post:

Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said they are “disappointed”. “Our staff [has] worked tirelessly putting in place numerous infrastructure upgrades and health and safety protocols to protect fans and staff,” Leonsis said in a tweet Monday evening.

On March 15, Mayor Bowser lifted numerous COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which included professional sports resuming with a waiver to apply to host fans after March 22. MSE, owner of Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, submitted a request to plan to host fans back at Capital One Arena for Capitals and Wizards games.

The Capitals are the only team in the MassMutual East Division to not have any fans return.

By Della Young

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Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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6 Responses to MSE’s Requested Waiver For 10% Capacity at Capital One Arena Remains Pending; Appears Fans Will Not Return for Remainder of 2020-21 Season

  1. Anonymous says:

    I believe 10% attendance can be done safely.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What about opening ticket sales (at a discount) to first responders and medical professionals. They’ve most likely had their vaccinations and certainly deserve a small perk.

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