Capitals’ home sellout streak ending at 588 games

The Capitals’ home sellout streak will end at 588 consecutive games, including the playoffs, when Washington hosts the Calgary Flames on Monday night at Capital One Arena.

The streak began on March 5, 2009, when a crowd of 18,277 fans filled what was then known as Verizon Center to watch the Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The absence of Alex Ovechkin, the league’s reigning MVP, added to the intrigue, as he was scratched due to an injury. Despite this defeat, the Capitals would go on to enjoy numerous victories in their Chinatown arena over the next 14 seasons, with their 367 home wins ranking among the NHL’s highest during that period.

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The Capitals’ sellout streak encompassed seven coaches and 13 postseason appearances, including their first Stanley Cup victory in 2018. It even endured during the pandemic-altered 2020-21 season, when attendance was limited. However, like some other teams, the Capitals’ sellout streak has come to an end with the return to full-capacity arenas. The streak’s conclusion reflects the changing landscape of live sporting events in the post-pandemic era.

In contrast, the Capitals managed to maintain high attendance numbers throughout the previous season, despite their disappointing performance on the ice. Their loyal fan base continued to support the team even during a rebuilding phase. The strong ticket renewals and expected sellouts for the upcoming season demonstrate the unwavering dedication of Capitals fans.

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The Capitals’ commitment to their fans is evident in their appreciation for the continued support. Sergey Kocharov, the Capitals’ senior vice president of communications and broadcasting, expressed gratitude for the unwavering loyalty of Capitals fans and acknowledged that such support is not commonplace in most markets.


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