What to expect as Capital One Arena prepares to reopen to fans

For the first time in over a year, fans will return to Capital One Arena for in-person games, beginning Wednesday when the Washington Wizards take on the Golden State Warriors.

“We want to assure all our fans that we are operating in as safe a way as possible,” said Monica Dixon, president of Monumental Sports, adding that the arena will operate at 10% capacity, welcoming 2,100 fans.

As with Nationals Park, tickets will be paperless and color-coded.

Health screenings will happen on arrival, and bags will not be allowed in the arena.

Entrances will be spread out throughout the building, and masks and social distancing will be enforced. Seats will be sold in groups of one to four with space between groups.

As for parking, the garage will not be open, so fans should plan ahead.

When it comes to concessions, food will be pre-packaged, and fans will only be allowed to eat at their seats. Alcohol sales will also be limited, ending at halftime during Wednesday night’s game and halfway through the upcoming Caps game.

In-seat service will also be provided for fans in an effort to limit congregation.

Jordan Silberman, general manager at Capital One, said they’ve made some major changes to infrastructure to make upcoming games possible.

“We have also enhanced cleaning and disinfecting programs in addition to our sanitization teams and policies and procedures,” he said.

The new safety guidelines and infrastructure can accommodate up to 25% capacity, so the goal is to soon welcome more fans once final approval from the city is granted.

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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