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Caps introduce standing-room-only tickets

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

I'm not sure anything illustrates the changing times better than this: the Caps are offering standing-room-only tickets for the playoffs. For $100. And you can bet people will buy them.

As of now, tickets are only for sale for Games 1 and 2 against Montreal, but they will probably be offered throughout the playoffs. There are only about 100 standing-room slots per game. This is the e-mail that went out about the seats.

In order to give as many fans as possible access to Stanley Cup Playoff tickets, the Washington Capitals will be offering a very limited number of standing room only tickets for Round 1, Games 1 and 2. Tickets are available for $100 each plus a $6 service fee per order, and are sold subject to the following guidelines:

* Standing room only tickets will be located along the platforms located at the top of loge sections 104-107 and 115-118.

* All standing room only tickets will be assigned to a specific location along one of the platforms. Tickets will be printed with an assigned section and space number, and all fans are required to stay in their assigned location while in the platform area.

* All standing room only ticket sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges or re-locations available.

* Standing room only tickets do not provide access to the Acela Club Level.

* All tickets will be available for pick up at the will call windows located in the Verizon Center box office approximately 2 hours prior to the specified game time. Tickets will only be available for pick up by the person whose name is listed as the primary account holder. All fans must present a photo ID in order to pick up tickets at will call.

* Fans purchasing standing room only tickets will not have access to online capabilities such as re-printing or forwarding tickets. Also, the re-sale of standing room only tickets through any method is prohibited.

* Any fan with a standing room only ticket attempting to move to a location other than the specified location assigned to the ticket holder could be subject to forfeiture of his or her ticket(s).

* There will be Verizon Center and Capitals staff stationed on the standing room only platforms throughout the game to monitor the areas and to assure that these guidelines are being followed by all fans.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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will you get tased if you step over your line?

Posted by: MNMNT | April 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

That's funny MNMNT! LMAO!

Posted by: ivyleague | April 13, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

SRO sections will be monitored by PG county mounted police. step over the line at your own risk.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 13, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Another $10,000 to the bottom line for each game on the tickets and then Uncle Teddy gets some food & beer revenue.

4 games at home for each round and Uncle Teddy just raised easily another $150K !

Where's that EASY button.

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 13, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

So the Ice Girls are being tossed aside???

Posted by: CapsNut | April 13, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

That's funny MNMNT! LMAO!

Posted by: ivyleague | April 13, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I must be dreaming. This is happening... IN D.C. EAT IT Redskins.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | April 13, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Cattle prods! ZAAAAAAAAAP!

"Get back in your square!"

Posted by: MNMNT | April 13, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Initially I was concerned how significant additional standing room only attendees may increase the beer lines and the bathroom lines. Then I read that the SROs won't have access to the club level where I am so now I am not concerned.

As for the SROs apparently displacing the Red Rockers, who generally are located along the platforms behind Loge Sections 105-08, the Red Rockers can stand and dance in my club level section and block my view of the ice during TV timeouts.

Posted by: Monty2 | April 13, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Geeze. Used to be able to get nosebleeds for $18 pretty easily. During this season Icouldn't find anything for under $60. Now they're selling standing room only for $100 a pop?! With the money they're raking in, at least they won't be able to claim they can't afford to re-up a worthwhile player's contract. Thank goodness Nylander is finally gone and we might actually have the cap space to retain our big stars.

Posted by: futbolclif | April 13, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It'll be chain gang style; they all have to leave together for drinks and bathroom breaks.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 13, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I guess you don't have to worry about them getting up during play. They're already standing!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

If you're obese, do you have to buy two spots? What if they aren't next to each other?

Posted by: Section104 | April 13, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

FYI...the Lightning did this several years during their run, adding 3K for the Game 7 finale in 2004. And, to think I could have bought those $100 ducats the day after the Conference Finals ended. What did I say? Too much money. There will not be a Game 7.

Moral? Buy 'em up! Don't miss history.

Posted by: wxdancer | April 14, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

What if you brought your own folding chair? Would they charge you a seat fee?

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 14, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

What site are they selling these tickets on??

Posted by: jibjab15 | April 14, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

You're a day late and 100 bucks short.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

To the people who are complaining about "I used to be able to get cheap tickets for $16" or whatever: get over it. It's a different team, it's a different economy, it's a different location. Yeah, I remember those days, too - my first Capitals game was versus the Canucks in the mid-'80s. The Capital Centre was a pit! Verizon's much nicer, more convenient and well worth the dollar amount. And quit bashing Uncle Ted. It's a business, and one of the main reasons businesses stay operating is earning capital. No money = no operations. I'd rather pay $37 per game for my season tickets and watch a brilliant sports team than pay $16 to watch them suck. And yes, I've been a season ticketholder since Hanlon was coach; my wife was a season ticketholder since she graduated college and could afford them in the late '90s. If you don't want to pay the fee, stand aside so that someone else who loves the game can get in there to watch. Yeah, there are the diehards who were there with us when the seats were empty and we could run around the entire upper deck of the stadium and not hit a single person. But would you want it to go back to that? From the sound of it, there are people on here who'd rather have kept the team to themselves. I'd rather have a stadium of crazy fans who are cheering on our boys than an empty stadium and no enthusiasm whatsoever, which was the way it was pre-Boudreau. Yeah - Ovechkin may have started a revolution, but having someone like Boudreau to harness the individuals' talents and make them into a team? That's what got the current Capitals into high gear. And to be able to bring that level of competition, you have to pay for it somehow. So if you want $18 tickets again, by all means, wish a blight on the team and pray that they start playing horribly. I, for one, am not going to do that. Instead, I stand with EVERY red-clad fan - bandwagoners or tried-and-true - and say LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: EddieP1 | April 14, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and to lighten it up - is that Sir Ben Kingsley in the lower left corner of that picture at the start of the article?

Posted by: EddieP1 | April 14, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Not a new concept...

Toronto had SRO seats at the old MLG and still has them (above the upper deck at the Air Canada Centre); as does Montreal (at both the Forum and at the Bell Centre); Vancouver used to have them at the old Pacific Coliseum (haven't been to GM place).

At MLG and the Forum they used to not have assigned areas so it was always a bit of a race to get to those prime areas.

Posted by: jcurrin | April 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for the people in the back rows of those sections... gonna get a lot of beer spilled on their heads by celebrating Caps fans. Unfortunate distraction of having a mob behind them for those particular season ticket holders.

Posted by: VeCente115 | April 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong, but I think the Caps still have some of the most reasonable seat prices of any NHL franchise.

Compare and contrast with the Boston Bruins who--last time I checked--charge around $80.00 per seat for nosebleeds...during the regular season.

I won't even get into the Redskins, who sue you if you can afford to make the payments on their overpriced (IMO) multi-year plans.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 14, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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