Fans Return to Capital One Arena For Tuesday’s Game Against Islanders; Capitals Recognize Frontline Workers

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It’s been thirteen months — 418 days specifically — since Washington Capitals fans were in Capital One Arena cheering on the boys. On Tuesday, it was Fans Opening Night as the arena was filled at 10% capacity (2,100 fans) for the Capitals’ eighth and final game against the New York Islanders this season. Here are the scenes from F Street.

The Capitals welcomed and recognized hundreds of frontline workers for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players paid tribute to the personnel with custom signs:

DC Fire and EMS tweeted their appreciation to the team for honoring frontline workers and first responders.

Captials’ radio play-by-play announcer John Walton was also excited to see fans in the stands tonight.

Fans received a special MedStar branded All Caps All Fans face mask as part of Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s health and safety guidelines.

Also in attendance tonight were captain Alex Ovechkin’s wife Nastya and son Sergei. Ovechkin is missing Tuesday’s game due to a lower-body injury and is listed day-to-day.

From the Fans


On April 21, Capital One Arena officially opened its doors to fans. The NBA’s Wizards game against the Golden State Warriors marked the beginning of some normalcy for fans. All of this comes after D.C. on April 9 approved the waiver MSE requested for fans to attend games at 10% capacity.

Screencap: @capitals/IG Story

Click here to read more about MSE’s health and safety protocols.

By Della Young

About Della Young

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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