We always park in the Gallery Place Garage, due to the rain Gallery Place was over loaded with people so much that we missed the face off. This is the first time this has happen in all the years we have gone to Capital One Arena.
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First time at an ice hockey match and loved it. Arena was easy to find & well laid out. Plenty of souvenirs & food/drink outlets. Would recommend it to anyone.
My first Caps game was great!
Great crowd, friendly customer service, great sightlines.
The game was great. Took my sister for her birthday and the team pulled off a great win.
They have come so far...
As someone who used to go see the Caps play and US Air Arena when I was a student, I am very proud of the way DC and the surrounding area has embraced the Capitals. The MCI-->Verizon Center-->Capital One arena is a great experience. I realize that winning will do that, but even just seeing Capitals gear around the area when I am back visiting says a lot. Although I miss the jerseys with the impossible to read letters and the Capstronaut, I hope the franchise continues to understand the necessity of high quality hockey. Don't miss an opportunity to see them play.
We have been to many Caps games, but have never sat in this particular section. We were with my friend and her teenager daughters. All ushers that we asked directions, etc were very nice and courteous. There were bathrooms close to our seats, however a plumbing issue (?) was occurring and many of the stalls were not usable.
Great venue (post Stanley Cup win) and improved services at capital one arena.
My son was so excited, he said “we’re so close I can see their faces!” It was a great night, great game.
Best Hockey Game I’ve Been To
The music and promotions were an added bonus, tickets were affordable and I had a great view . I was sitting next to a section that cheerleaders handed out free sandwiches ! I had a great time
First time going to an NHL game at this arena. It was a blast. Employees were super helpful and nice. AND, my team (Maple Leafs) won! Prices could be a little cheaper on drinks and food, but other than that, great place!
Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena
The Washington Capitals bring the euphoria of the franchise's first Stanley Cup® Championship — and a loaded roster — to Capital One Arena to begin their title defense. The Caps reached the pinnacle of their 44-year history on June 7, and with the team's top players returning, fans will continue to flock to the District. The season begins with a home date against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 3.
Washington Capitals 2018-19 Season
After three consecutive seasons of second-round playoff exits, the Capitals won their second Eastern Conference championship in 2017-18, finishing with a record of 49-26-7 (105 points). The success came despite losing a number of significant players from their two-time Metropolitan Division-winning roster to free agency in the summer of '17. Led by seven-time All-Star, franchise scoring leader and captain Alex Ovechkin, the Caps finished strong down the stretch, winning 12 of their final 15 contests.
The Capitals dispatched Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay in the first three rounds of the Playoffs before meeting the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup® Finals. After losing the first game, the Caps rolled to four consecutive victories, with Lars Eller scoring the deciding goal in Game 5. Ovechkin earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as finals MVP.
Ovechkin would finish the regular season with 87 points and a league-leading 49 goals, with fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov tallying 85 points. Those two, along with key contributors John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Devante Smith-Pelly, Michal Kempny, and goaltender Braden Holtby, are among the returnees for the 2018-19 campaign. Additionally, the Capitals will start a new era with Todd Reirden leading the group as head coach.
Washington Capitals History
The Capitals were founded in 1974, but did not post a winning record or reach the Playoffs until the 1982-83 season, when a group led by top scorers Dennis Maruk and Mike Gartner, along with defenseman Rod Langway, ended the frustration. It began a remarkable streak of 14 consecutive seasons in the Playoffs.
After that streak ended in 1996-97, the Capitals bounced back the next year to win their first conference title. Led by right wing Peter Bondra and goalie Olaf Kolzig, they defeated Boston, Ottawa, and Buffalo in the Playoffs to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup® Finals. But the Caps were swept in four games.
Ovechkin arrived in 2005, and since 2007-08, the Capitals have reached the Playoffs in every year but one. The 2014-15 season began a run of three consecutive years that the Capitals reached the second round, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion. In 2015–16, they won a franchise-high and NHL-best 56 games only to be felled by Pittsburgh, all the losses coming by one goal. They won a league-best 55 games the next year, but again lost to the Penguins in the second round.
Along with Gartner and Langway, Yvon Labre and Dale Hunter have had their numbers retired.