WASHINGTON — Caps fans rocked the red on Saturday at Fanfest for a picture with the Stanley Cup and a chance to get a peek at the team’s development camp scrimmage.
The event, which included a team equipment sale, took place at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
Despite the blazing sun, fans stood in line for hours for a photo opportunity with the cup.
— Melissa Howell (@Mhowell003) June 30, 2018
“We’ve waited our whole lives for it,” said Laura Witherspoon.
One of the biggest fans at the event was Zachary Devinger, who came with his mom. He’s a part of the Washington Capitals’ youth hockey team for players ages 8 and under.
“It feels like the real Stanley Cup in the real hockey game,” Devinger said.
It wasn’t a day of dreams fulfilled for all, though. Some disappointed fans took to Twitter to share that despite waiting in line in the heat for hours, they were eventually turned away, no picture in tow.
Really disappointed by #CapsFanFest Husband rode the metro with our baby to see the #StanleyCup and was turned away rudely, told he could not join the line (before scheduled cut off) and wouldn’t get a photo anyway. Badly handled all around #heartbroken #ALLCaps #awful
— Felicity (@felicitykm) June 30, 2018
There are still well over 1000 fans in line including small kids and this dog. We would like a pic with the Cup or something better than, “Try again!” And shrug of the shoulders. @Capitals just don’t care.
— Marie Manning (@Marie_Manning) June 30, 2018
How about some fast passes for the next viewing opportunity for those who don’t make it? Work some magic! #CapsFanFest
— Amanda (@cole_amanda) June 30, 2018
The Washington Capitals addressed angry fans on Twitter, sharing a link where those who did not get a chance to snap a photo could sign up for future picture opportunities.
We appreciate your patience as we moved through as many fans as possible to take a picture with the Stanley Cup. If you were in line and did not receive a photo, please fill out the form link below and we will communicate future photo opportunities to you.https://t.co/zvjE4fSSwE
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 30, 2018
WTOP’s Nahal Amouzadeh contributed to this report.