The DowntownDC Business Improvement District is proud to support the Washington Capitals as they advance in the Stanley Cup Finals and is working to support the city and other partners in ensuring a safe, clean and accessible environment for home games and related events in DowntownDC.
On Thursday, June 7, Game 5 will be held in Las Vegas, but due to viewing events at the Capital One Arena and the surrounding area, road closures will go into effect in DowntownDC beginning at 3pm. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is sponsoring the extension of Metrorail service for one hour on June 7 to accommodate fans attending the official watch party in Capital One Arena and the viewing party held in the streets surrounding the arena.
To help inform fans, the District established a Stanley Cup Finals webpage https://dc.gov/caps detailing the latest closures and updates. Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for text alerts to receive safety, transit, and weather updates from the District on days when the Stanley Cup games are being played in Washington, DC. Text “ALLCAPS” to 888-777 to sign-up.
In preparation for home games, the DowntownDC Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance ambassadors (SAMs) spoke with businesses within and near the Capital One Arena about how best to prepare for home game crowds and activity. Ambassadors have also been assisting with trash pick up and support for the city while managing large home game crowds, including free outdoor concerts and watch parties on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery. For non-emergency assistance, you can call the BID’s Dispatch number at 202-624-1550.
The BID, along with the city has been encouraging fans to utilize Metrorail to travel to and from games and related events. The BID on May 17 sponsored an extension of Metrorail service to better serve fans traveling home from Game 4.
The BID encourages DowntownDC to continue getting in the spirit. The BID is working with the Capitals and the District Department of Transportation to install street pole banners across the area to promote the finals and many DowntownDC retailers, office tenants (and even the Wilson Building) have been “rocking the red” with red lighting, color-coordinated plantings and banners and signage. Tag #downtowndc in your photos of how you or your property is “Rocking the Red” or your fan experience in DowntownDC for a chance to be featured by the BID.
Let’s Go Caps!