Inside Giant Center

Giant Center

Every team has different in-game traditions. Even though the Caps and the Bears are within the same organization, this is no different.

For starters, the roster numbers are different. When Andrew Gordon plays for the Capitals, he wears no. 63. But when he plays for the Bears, his number is 10. It may take a little time to adjust to the different numbers, but it’s pretty easy to catch on.

Another difference between Caps and Bears games is the ticket prices. Bears games, while much farther away from those living in the DC area, are much cheaper than Caps games. Upper level tickets, no matter where in the arena, go for $16.50. The lower bowl tickets are $25 each. To compare, not even standing room only tickets to a Caps game are $25. So basically, you get similar, just as intense hockey, for less than a third of the price.

In terms of what to wear, at Caps games the “dress code” is pretty strict: red. At Bears games, it’s a bit more relaxed. Obviously Bears gear is preferred, but since that’s a little harder to come by, you’ll often see a couple other NHL teams represented. Since Hershey is in Pennsylvania, not only are there Caps jerseys in the crowd, but it’s not uncommon to see some Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys as well.

The chants are a little different too. The main one to remember is that after the Bears score, fans often chant, “B-E-A-R-S, Bears, Bears, Bears!” and repeat the chant a couple times.