Poor Man’s Hockey

John Carlson - Kettler

Back in the day (roughly four years ago), the Caps were awful. Therefore, ticket prices were insanely cheap. These were the days when you could sit up in those eagles nest seats for a whopping $10. But alas, with the team’s success has come a raise in ticket prices.

Now, if you’re one of those fans who loves the game but just can’t splurge the money to attend the games, there’s a much cheaper way to see your hometown team. The solution: practice. All Caps practices are open to the public, except those rare one or two times a year when they’re held at Verizon Center and free. Yes, FREE. The only charge you’ll have to pay is the $1 for the first three hours of parking during the week and only $1 all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Another bonus of going to Caps practice is that you can meet some of the players. I’ll have a more detailed post about that later, but for the time being, all you really need to know is that the Caps love their fans and that if you wait after practice, they’ll sign almost anything.

The schedule is pretty easy to remember. The Caps are on the ice at 10:00 a.m. on game days for a roughly half hour morning skate, 11:00 a.m. the days after a game and 10:30 a.m. on the other days unless otherwise specified.

The team practices at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. It’s conveniently right off the Ballston stop on the Orange Line on the Metro and is located on the top level of the Ballston Commons parking garage.



2 Responses

  1. […] Another notable, it looks as if the Washington Post had the same idea I did. Also worth noting, I got there first. […]

  2. […] enjoyable, there’s nothing like going to a real, live hockey game. However, like I said in an earlier post, ticket prices can be expensive so you want to get the most out of what you pay. Here’s a […]

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