With the potential for the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas on Thursday night, the team had an idea: Give away passes so fans could sit inside Capital One Arena during game time and experience a similar thrill among their own kind.
Free tickets for the Game 5 viewing party inside Capital One Arena went online at 1 p.m. Wednesday. At 1:10 p.m., they were gone.
Over 70,000 fans lunged at the chance to see the Caps potentially lift the Cup for the first time, sitting before their own home ice as the game carried out on the video boards.
“The support and energy of Caps fans has been incredible, and the growing crowds each night at the Game 1 and Game 2 watch parties meant that we needed to ticket Thursday’s event in order to ensure that we could keep everyone safe and that people could enter and exit the Arena in an orderly way,” Monumental Sports & Entertainment said in a news release.
Fans blessed with good internet connection and catlike reflexes had the choice of arriving early to watch the Washington Mystics take on the Minnesota Lynx, and then stay for the viewing party. Fans for whom the NHL and WNBA don’t mix were able to just take tickets for the viewing party alone.
Either way, capacity was reached within 10 minutes.
For the ticketless, the Capitals will still broadcast the game on large screens outside Capital One Arena, on 8th Street NW and G Street.