Capitals Overview

Fast facts

League: Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division

Head Coach: Todd Reirden

Team Mascot: Slapshot

Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 18277

City / State: Washington / District Columbia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Capitals vs Penguins

Rival Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Capitals and Penguins have been rivals dating back to the teams’ days in the Patrick Division. The two have faced off in the playoffs nine times with the Penguins getting the best of the Capitals in eight of the nine meetings. The emergence of the the Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby have really turned up the heat on this rivalry making it a can’t miss for hockey fans everywhere.

Capitals vs Rangers

Rival Team: New York Rangers

The Capitals and Rangers have been rivals since 1980 and have met in the playoffs nine times over the years. Five of these playoff matchups have occurred in the past seven years making the Capitals-Rangers rivalry one of the most intense rivalries right now. You can’t go wrong attending a Capitals-Rangers game during your trip to D.C.

Capitals vs Flyers

Rival Team: Philadelphia Flyers

The rivalry between the Capitals and Flyers goes back to the teams’ days in the Patrick Division. During these days the Capitals and Flyers regularly met in the playoffs with the Caps securing their first ever playoff series victory against the Flyers in 1984. The two teams have met in many playoffs series since making a matchup between these two a can’t miss.

Capitals vs Islanders

Rival Team: New York Islanders

The Capitals and Islanders met in several intense playoff series during the 1980s and 1990s, with the most memorable occurring in the 1987 Patrick Division Semifinals. The series was decided in a game seven three overtime thriller that has been dubbed the “Easter Epic.” Recently, the Caps and Isles reignited their playoff contests with a seven-game series in 2015, so be in attendance when these two get together.

Capitals Stadium Guide

In Game

The prospect of seeing Alexander Ovechkin play live is reason enough for hockey fans to attend a Capitals game. Ovechkin is one of the best players in the history of the game having scored 50 or more goals in seven of his 12 seasons. No matter what else you do during your trip to D.C., you won’t want to miss Ovechkin play.

Before the game begins, you’ll find plenty of entertainment nearby the Capital One Arena. The Capital One Arena is located right near the many museums as well as Chinatown district of D.C., so you won’t have to go far to get to the game if you’re already visiting the city. The area around the Capital One Arena is home to many shops and restaurants as well, and Gallery Place is located right behind sections 120 and 121 of the Capital One Arena. At Gallery Place you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants as well as a movie theater and bowling alley, so make sure to check it out before or after the game.

After entering the arena, you’ll be greeted with a fairly strong crowd that does not hesitate to show their support for their hometown team. Capitals fans have many different chants for their team with the popular “Let’s Go Caps!” being heard throughout the game. You’ll also encounter plenty of extra entertainment in the arena including the Red Rockers cheer squad and the mascot Slapshot who keep everyone engaged in the game throughout.

You’ll have an enjoyable time taking in a game at the Capital One Arena where you’ll be able to see one of the best players in the game today and experience an exciting in-game atmosphere.

Things to check out

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

The Green Turtle is located just beyond the Capital One Arena's main concourse and is the perfect place to grab something to eat or drink before, during, or after the game. It was the first official sports bar in the Gallery Place/Chinatown District and is still fan favorite to this day.

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Gallery Place

Gallery Place is your one stop shop for pregame and postgame entertainment. Inside Gallery Place, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as not only are there a variety of bars and restaurants, but the facility is also home to a movie theater and bowling alley.

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Caps Bar Tour

Before select Capitals game, you can get $3 specials at participating bars and win cool Capitals prizes. Check the schedule beforehand and join in on the great pregame experience that is the Capitals Bar Tour.

Championship Banners and Retired Numbers

The Capitals are yet to win a Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a minute to view the Capitals division and conference championship banners. There are also four retired number banners honoring such greats as Rod Langway, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner, and Dale Hunter. Remember all of your fondest Capitals players and moments by taking a peek at these banners.

National Anthem

During the national anthem, Capitals fans yell “O” during the “O Say can you see” part as well as “Red” during “and the rockets’ red glare.” Join in on these fun traditions during the singing of the national anthem at the Capital One Arena.

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Capitals Fan of the Game

Every game the Capitals name someone the fan of the game. Come out in your Capitals best for your chance to win and become the Capitals Fan of the Game.

Horn Guy

The Horn Guy can be found at every Capitals game starting the “Let’s Go Caps!” chant with his horn. Listen for his horn, so you don’t miss your chance to join in on the “Let’s Go Caps!” chant.

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Red Rockers

The Capitals Red Rockers cheer team energizes the crowd throughout the game. These ladies will get you up and out of your seat cheering for the Caps, so don’t miss them when attending a game at the Capital One Arena.

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Get your picture with Capitals mascot Slapshot at the game. Slapshot can be seen around the arena at games and will bring a smile to the faces of fans young and old, so keep an eye out for him.

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Fight Songs

  1. The Hockey Song

    Well have no fear, hockey season’s here
    I’m gonna see the Caps tonight
    Gonna call some friends, grab my keys and then
    Gonna head down to the ice

    I call up Matt in Fairfax and
    I’m coming from McLean
    I jump and drive 495
    To the ol’ Capitals game.

    I get to Matt’s, he’s got tickets
    And we’re ready to head up
    His roommate Bjorn’s watching hockey porn
    So we both tell him to stop

    Now traffic’s thick on 66
    But the metro’s not the same
    Hop inside the orange line
    To the ol’ Capitals game

    Ungodly heat, nasty orange seats
    But the game’s on all our minds
    With our strength in net, I’d make a big ol’ bet
    That is, if I was Gretzky’s wife

    We get on down to Chinatown
    Of Verizon Center fame
    Say goodbye to the smelly guy
    at the ol’ Capitals game

    Passing scalpers now, getting patted down
    Now we’re heading towards our seats
    They’re not the best, got the Eagle’s Nest
    But we got some tasty treats

    Well it turns out the game’s sold out
    So we head on back to Matt’s
    Gonna hear and see Beninati
    Call the game on ol’ Comcast

    Ovechkin he’s a checkin’ fiend
    He’s hat-trick scoring demon
    Olie’s our great goalie but
    Don’t forget Alexander…wait, what?

    We see Crosby’s Greg Louganis-y
    Cuz all he seems to do is dive
    And ol’ Briere should play in a cellars
    Because he really loves to whine

    I boo and jeer when Jaromir
    Returns to ol’ DC
    It’s odd the guy only seems to try
    When he’s on another team

    Now the game is done, the Caps just won
    Beat the Pens in overtime
    Crosby must ride on the bus
    Cuz he’s not old enough to drive

    Caps will at least beat all the East
    Win the playoff’s final game
    We’ll give a chant of “Lets go Caps!”
    At the ol’ Capitals game

  2. Rock the Red

    Rock the red! Rock the red! Rock the red!

    Let’s go Caps!

    Rock the red! Rock the red!

    Let’s go Caps! Let’s go Caps! Let’s go Caps!

    Rock the red! Let’s go Caps! Rock the red! Let’s go Caps! Rock the red! Let’s go Caps! Rock the red! Let’s go Caps!

  3. The Wicker Man

    Capitals goal song

    Hand of fate is moving and the finger points to you
    He knocks you to your feet and so what are you gonna do
    Your tongue has frozen now you’ve got something to say
    The piper at the gates of dawn is calling you his way

    You watch the world exploding every single night
    Dancing in the sun a newborn in the light
    Say goodbye to gravity and say goodbye to death
    Hello to eternity and live for every breath

    Your time will come, your time will come
    Your time will come, your time will come

    The ferryman wants his money you ain’t going to give it back
    He can push his own boat as you set up off the track
    Nothing you can contemplate will ever be the same
    Every second is a new spark, sets the universe aflame

    You watch the world exploding every single night
    Dancing in the sun a newborn in the light
    Brothers and their fathers joining hands and make a chain
    The shadow of the Wicker Man is rising up again

    Your time will come, your time will come
    Your time will come, your time will come

    Your time will come, your time will come
    Your time will come, your time will come
    Your time will come, your time will come
    Your time will come, your time will come

  4. Unleash the Fury!

Capitals Bars & Restaurants

  1. Penn Social

    Penn Social

    Lively bar with a patio offering pub grub & live bands, plus trivia, dancing & more.

    801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  2. Clyde’s of Gallery Place


    Long-running local chain serving classic American dishes & cocktails in a traditional setting.

    707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Pi Pizzeria

    Pi Pizzeria

    Home of irrationally delicious deep dish and thin cornmeal crust pizza, and prime craft beers.

    910 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  4. Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza

    Ellas Wood Fire Pizza

    Bustling pizzeria serving thin-crust pies, sangria & craft beer that's popular with happy-hour set.

    610 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. The Big Stick

    Big Stick chicken barbecue

    The Big Stick is a rustic, lodge-themed restaurant & sports bar serving a unique menu focused on specialty sausages,sandwiches and a robust craft beer selection.

    20 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  6. Scarlet Oak

    Scarlet Oak bar drink

    Scarlet Oak offers fresh seasonal cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner in a comfortable setting. The menu is focused on providing locally-sourced produce, meats and seafood, in addition to house made pizzas and pastas.

    909 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds

    The Spoke beer bottles

    Enjoy free admission, live music, the Bullpen bar, food trucks and dogs hot off the grill!

    1299 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Osteria Morini

    Osreria Morini Washington DC

    Osteria Morini brings the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy to the historic Navy Yards in Washington, D.C.

    301 Water St SE #109, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  9. Bonchon

    Bonchon fried chicken

    Bonchon Chicken is cooked-to-order, made with the highest quality ingredients. Come try our handcrafted fried chicken, along with our other amazing dishes!

    1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  10. TaKorean Korean Taco Grill


    Made from scratch with fresh ingredients. A bold, colorful & healthy experience.

    1212 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

    Bar website

    asian - $

  11. Agua 301

    Agua tacos

    Agua 301 celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico taking contemporary Mexican cuisine and infusing it with modern flair.

    301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  12. Leo’s Eatery


    Have an extraordinary experience with the usuals- juicy bites that you will love!

    7 N St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $

  13. Ice Cream Jubilee

    ice cream on a cone

    "I started Ice Cream Jubilee to share my passion with others and encourage people to explore the pursuits that make them as happy as ice cream makes me."

    301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  14. Bluejacket

    Blue Jacket sandwich

    Bluejacket was built to be a brewery without boundaries, creating beers across the broadest range of styles and flavors possible.

    300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$