On Monday, Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced that the Washington Wizards and Capitals will start hosting games with fans at Capital One Arena next week. The Wizards’ first home game with fans will be on Wednesday, April 21 against the Golden State Warriors. The Capitals’ first game with fans will be against the New York Islanders on April 27. The news comes after Friday’s announcement that the organization was granted permission to host fans with capacity limits.
Both Wizards and Capitals games are limited to 2,100 people. That deviates a little from the posted game capacities (20,356 for the Wizards and 18,573 for Capitals) so the 2,100 seat limit is to their benefit.
Monumental Sports also has some protocols for fans entering the arena. They include but aren’t limited to:
- Face mask mandates. Sorry, being vaccinated against the coronavirus isn’t your ticket to show off that beautiful face of yours!
- Social distancing of 6 feet
- No bags are allowed if they are not medical/parenting/larger than 14” x 14” x 6”
- Elevator and Escalator limits
- All food and drink in concession stands is prepackaged and fans can only eat them in their seats.
- The team store is closed and kiosks will be in their place along the concourse.
Capital One Arena has improved its air filtration as well.
If you want to buy Wizards tickets, season ticket holders will get first priority, but a presale link is here. The presale will not be until at least after Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. ET after the season ticket holder presale ends, per a season ticket holder email.
For those of you who sell some or all of your season tickets, the Wizards have disabled the ability to electronically sell your tickets via the TicketExchange by TicketMaster marketplace, their fully-integrated system. In addition you can’t transfer your tickets electronically because all tickets are distributed via online methods only. In short, it will be very difficult (though it’s not impossible) to sell tickets for a profit this year.
Seating is in pods of two or four seats for the most part though some people can buy one or three-seat pods. There will be seating in the 100, 200 and 400 levels.