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5 Reasons to Attend a Washington Capitals Hockey Game

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The District's Capital One Arena hosts one of the National Hockey League’s most entertaining franchises

Attending a Washington Capitals game is a time-honored tradition in DC's Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood. Thousands of fans flock to the Capital One Arena 41 times between October and April, rocking the red to root on the Caps. Check out our favorite reasons to attend a game, then pick out a night (or nights!) on the schedule to take in some of the most exciting sports action in the District.

1 The team is stacked with stars

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The Capitals are fortunate to employ one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) in Alex Ovechkin, commonly known around DC as “The Great 8." His slapshots are a thing of beauty, and his thunderous hits usually send the crowd into a frenzy. But the star power doesn’t stop there. Centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov are two of the game’s flashiest playmakers, while goalie Braden Holtby is considered the best at his position. Simply put, the Caps are an absolute joy to watch play the game of hockey.

2 The Caps are always in the playoffs

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Okay, they haven’t made the postseason in EVERY year of their existence, but recently, you can count on the Caps playing after the regular season schedule concludes. They have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons, a run that includes three President’s Trophies (awarded to the team with the best regular season record). However, a Stanley Cup has alluded the Caps….to this point.

3 The atmosphere at Caps’ games is top-notch

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Capital One Arena (previously known as the Verizon Center) is considered one of the loudest and most boisterous stadiums in the NHL. Roughly 18,000 red-clad fans pack the arena for each Caps game, losing their minds for every Ovechkin goal or brilliant Braden Holtby save. Fans young and old absolutely adore this team and its stars, and you can savor the wonderful atmosphere throughout your experience.

4 Hockey is among the most exciting sports to watch

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Many sports fans will tell you that hockey, specifically the NHL brand, is the most entertaining sport to witness live. The game’s non-stop action, featuring speedy and skilled skating, gorgeous puck-handling, high-impact hits and goalies that stretch like ballerinas to make saves, will put you at the edge of your seat throughout the 60-minute game. In addition, there’s nary a bad view from Capital One Arena’s seats.

5 There are plenty of things to do before and after the game

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Penn Quarter/Chinatown is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the District. There are dozens of restaurants near Capital One Arena, as well as the shopping hub that is CityCenterDC. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed in the same building across the street, while Newseum is a short walk away. Have another night in the city? Check out a play at Ford’s Theatre or Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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