WASHINGTON D.C.-- A strong crowd of close to 14,500 Capitals fans made Capital One Arena feel like home Monday and watched the Caps beat Las Vegas 3-2 for the team's first Stanley Cup Final win since 1998.
Some of the people who showed up said they had to come back down to the arena after having such a good time during a watch party on Monday, despite a loss to Las Vegas.
"My kids faces [Monday night]," said Elizabeth Burch, citing the reason she wanted to repeat the experience. "Honestly, I did this with my mom when I grew up so to see my daughter freaking out every time we scored a goal and getting into it-- we had way too much fun."
Burch said she's excited too with this year's playoff run reminding her of watching the Caps from her father's living room the last time Washington made a Stanley Cup Final.
"It’s just better down here," said Emily Ward who came to the watch party with her mother Lisa. "There is a lot of fans and you find that a lot of the true long term fans can’t afford the tickets anymore because they’re so expensive so they come to the viewing parties."
"It's a great atmosphere and a lot of people really love the Caps," said Ward.
— Joe Dominguez (@joethetvguy) May 31, 2018
The team is back in the DMV for a scheduled practice Friday morning.
The best-of-7 series resumes Saturday night sometime after 8 p.m.
The following press release regarding road closures in the area was released Monday May 28 by the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department:
The 2018 Stanley Cup Final, began on May 28, 2018, and the series has the potential to last until June 13, 2018.
The Metropolitan Police Department wishes to advise the public of street closures in conjunction with the 2018 Stanley Cup Final:
In order to facilitate this event, there will be no vehicular traffic in the following areas on May 29, 2018, from approximately 11:00 pm until approximately 3:00 pm, on June 11, 2018:
F Street, NW from 5th Street to 7th Street, NW
6th Street, NW from E Street to G Street, NW
Limited traffic will be accessible only to local residents and monthly parking pass holders in the following area:
6th Street, NW from E Street to H Street, NW
500 block of G Street, NW
The public should expect parking restrictions in the area and should be guided by the posted emergency no parking signage. All vehicles that are parked in the area and in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed.
All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions. Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wishes to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.