Caps fans swarm downtown DC for away game

Brian Tinsman
June 07, 2018 - 8:51 pm
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If you live in downtown D.C. and don't cheer for the Washington Capitals, tonight could be a very long night.

Starting this morning and reaching fever pitch by mid-afternoon, Caps fans smell blood in the water, now just one win away from the coveted Stanley Cup.

Even though the puck was dropping more than 2,000 miles away in Las Vegas, D.C. is the place to be tonight, with fans swarming any location that agrees to air the game. Here's a look at some of the most iconic spots:

Capital One Arena

Monumental Sports won big today, capitalizing on the free viewing party to pack the Capital One Arena with warm bodies for the usually sparsely-attended WNBA game between the Mystics and Lynx. Ted Leonsis owns both teams and agreed to let fans in for free, getting more merchandise, cross-branding and general interest in the WNBA product. 

It worked:

Perhaps the best part is that the Mystics get it. Not only do they not care, they seemd to appreciate the spotlight, even in a loss. After the game, Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud praised the fans for the energy.

"How can you not have a blast in an environment like that. That goes to the Caps fans," she said. "We know they're here for the Caps game afterwards, but exposure is exposure for us.

"We can win a few fans over from this game, and they were in it from start to finish. We really appreciate them. It's hard for that type of energy to not relate back to how we play on the court.

"We're a team that's going to fight our asses off, and we're a likeable team. So, hopefully we won some fans over."

The Bullpen

Normally a hot spot before Nationals games, The Bullpen is full of a different shade of red tonight, and fans are having a hard time getting in:

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