For a Capitals Hockey Game I suggest attending the Pre-skate, or warm-ups, because it is exciting to watch. It’s open to everyone so that even if you’re sitting in the farthest seat from the ice, you can still come down and enjoy some close-up hockey. Getting there early enough will ensure a spot right on the glass with only that small pane of Plexiglas separating the crowd from the players. Sometimes, some of the players will flip pucks over the glass to the awaiting, cheering fans. It’s not guaranteed, but it’s always nice to come and watch the players get in the zone before the game. It’s also a nice time to preview the line combinations, starting goaltenders, etc. for both teams.
The one thing I’ve always done and would recommend others to do, especially with kids, is to check the schedule for bobble head giveaway games. Get tickets for those games and get there early. Bobble heads are everything especially when your team is absolutely terrible although the Wizards and Caps have picked it up over the years. Besides basketball and hockey, look out for concerts and other entertainment. With Verizon being an all-purpose arena, there’s a lot to experience there. Check StubHub for tickets and don’t bother with the scalpers unless you really have to and make sure you’re getting at least decent seats and a good deal. You have to know Verizon Center and the surrounding area provide a great feel and aura. Enjoy the experience!
Find a good place to eat. Seeing a great game is a memorable experience, but when you try a new restaurant along with it, it will be a night you remember for a long time. People often think of D.C. as place of politics and tourism, but along with that comes one of the best restaurant scenes in the country. As usual, the cuisines all collide in the cities epicenter, which is exactly where you will be. Go early or stay late, walk around town, have a nice meal, and you will thank me later. Enjoy the games and shows!
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