After Thirteen Months, Capital One Arena Opens Doors to Fans For Wednesday’s Wizards Game

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Excitement was in the air Wednesday night as Capital One Arena opened its doors to fans for the first time since March 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors marked the beginning of some normalcy for fans.

Capital One Arena put in place new health and safety protocols including electronic-only ticketing, pods of one to four seats placed in a staggard manner, and specific, dedicated points of entry to sections. Face masks and a quick health screening are also required.

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On April 12,  Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced additional information after D.C. approved the waiver MSE requested for fans to attend games at 10% capacity, which is 2,100 fans.

Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal welcomed fans back saying, “It’s a small step forward, but a step nonetheless.”

Washington Football Team’s head coach Ron Rivera was also in the building tonight.

The first Capitals game with fans in the stands will be on Tuesday, April 27 as they host the New York Islanders. Both the Wizards and Capitals will honor DMV first responders and frontline and essential workers of the COVID-19 response during their first games back with fans. Due to the very limited tickets to be made available, priority for ticketing will be given to season ticket members and partners, with information forthcoming on ticket availability for the general public  

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to After Thirteen Months, Capital One Arena Opens Doors to Fans For Wednesday’s Wizards Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to see. Hard to believe it was shot down for 13 months. Nobody would have guessed that in March of 2020. Crazy year.

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