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Welcome back, Capitals fans!! D.C. has approved the waiver Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) requested for fans to attend games at Capital One Arena at 10% capacity, which is 2,100 fans. This goes into effect immediately, but further details are expected on Monday, April 12.
Washington Post reporter Michael Brice-Saddler broke the news a little bit ago. Capitals fans could be back in the stands as early as Tuesday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.
NEWS: D.C. has approved waivers to host fans at Capital One Arena for Wizards and Capitals games, effective immediately.
Additionally, the Nationals and D.C. United will now be able to host fans at 25% capacity at Nats Park and Audi Field. Story tk. pic.twitter.com/ADikZVRI5Q
— Michael Brice-Saddler (@TheArtist_MBS) April 9, 2021
Monica Dixon, President of External Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer at MSE, said they are “grateful” and will release additional information on Monday.
We are grateful to @MayorBowser, DC Health & DC HSEMA for granting us a waiver to welcome Caps and Wizards fans back to Capital One Arena. The waiver is for a 10% capacity / 2,100 fans. We are finalizing details and will release further announcements on Monday, April 12th
— Monica Dixon (@MonicaDixon_MSE) April 9, 2021
Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also issued a statement:
A special thank you to the dedicated and hardworking staff at @MSE for their efforts putting in place numerous infrastructure upgrades & health and safety protocols to protect fans & staff. More details to come next week! #ALLCAPS #DCAboveAll
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) April 9, 2021
Just four days ago, the waiver request was still pending with no definitive timeline for a decision to be made. Head coach Peter Laviolette said during his pregame presser earlier today that fans are “great energy”. “You can hear it. You can feel it. It’s a real positive thing to get our fans back in the building. I know everybody is excited.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 9, 2021
By Della Young