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Caps Open Playoffs Tonight at Verizon

The Nationals first scheduled night game has been rained out, but the Capitals are starting their Stanley Cup playoff run against the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. in the Verizon Center. That's likely to mean crowding before and after the game at Gallery Place Station on the Red, Green and Yellow lines.

This link on the Caps Web site lists the parking lots and garages around Verizon Center, at 6th and F streets NW.

Metro always has extra trains on standby for crowding after Caps and Nats games. The Nationals are scheduled to play at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, when the weather should be much better. For Nationals Park, most fans use the west side exit at Navy Yard Station, because it can handle more people. But there are bus options listed on Metro's Nationals page. The Circulator bus is scheduled to arrive every 10 minutes on game nights at the stop just outside the Metro station entrance on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE.

At Gallery Place Station, fans tend to find the most crowding at the entrance on 7th and F streets NW. Metro recommends using the entrances at 9th and G streets NW or at 7th and H streets NW to avoid the biggest crowds. Also, it's a short walk east to the Red Line's Judiciary Square Station at 5th and F streets NW.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel notes that on Friday night, the Nats and DC United are scheduled to play. Then on Saturday, the Caps and Nats both start games at 1:05 p.m. For those Saturday games, he advises, Caps and Nats fans should add a half hour to their normal travel times because there will be track work on the Red and Orange lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2009; 11:43 AM ET
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Saturday is going to be an absolute mess. Caps (sold out) and Nats (figure 25,000, since it will be a beautiful day) starting at the same time, on a weekend, without rush-hour service, with track work.

Walking sound like a good alternative!

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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