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DC could shut down street near arena for Caps’ playoff games

Fans gather outside the Capital One arena in Washington, D.C. during the first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON — Capitals fans who can’t get tickets for the Eastern Conference Finals matchup might still be able to watch the game right outside Capital One Arena.

D.C. Council member Jack Evans said he’s looking into closing a portion of street so ticketless hockey fans can still watch the game together and cheer on the home team.

It’s a practice done in cities with winning teams, apparently. “I guess we’re just not used to that here, because we never got this far before,” Evans said.

Possibilities include closing Seventh Street Northwest between F and G streets Northwest. Making it all happen, he said, will require getting the logistical “pieces in place,” he said.

“Wouldn’t that be great if we had 10,000 people sitting … on the museum steps?” Evans said of the National Portrait Gallery near the Capital One Arena.

Evans added that it probably wouldn’t happen until mid-round, about the time when the Caps return to host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Games 1 and 2 are set for Friday and Sunday, respectively, in Florida. The matchup returns to D.C. on Tuesday for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

And regarding that game Tuesday: It begins at 8 p.m. Evans, who chairs the Metro board, said late service hours are a possibility to accommodate fans.

“We’re certainly in discussions with the Capitals to see how we can make that happen,” he said.

“For us to get out of the second round — are you kidding me? This is unbelievable.”


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