With one game left before the Washington Capitals could etch their names in the Stanley Cup, the Town of Capitalsville is hosting a viewing party to see how it all pans out.
The town will hold a viewing party at the Walker Pavilion this Thursday, June 7, for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights. Caps fans are invited to watch what could be the deciding game in the series, with the Capitals currently holding onto a 3-1 lead. The party is scheduled to start an hour before the game at 7 p.m. There will be games for fans to show off their hockey skills, in addition to food, drinks and hockey arena music to welcome fans to the green and to get them in the mood to cheer on the Caps. There will also be at least one trivia question between periods with prizes awarded for correct answers.
“I’m glad there’s an opportunity for them to actually clinch and win the cup,” Mayor Bob Zoldos said. “It should be a great evening on the town green.”
Zoldos said he expects up to 400 fans to turn up for the party, which is being advertised by NoVa Caps and Russian Machine Never Breaks. The event also comes at no cost to the town, with Zoldos and other residents providing the DJing equipment, games and other necessities. Zoldos said he is trying to get a local vendor to provide the cable hookup for the actual video feed of the game.
Even if the Capitals lose, Zoldos said the town could host another viewing party for Sunday night’s game six, depending on how setup and cleanup goes on Thursday.
To get the town ready for the viewing party, the Capitals also made it out to the Lovettsville Elementary School on Monday for a pep rally with team mascot Slapshot, four of the Red Rockers and former Capitals great Peter Bondra, who showed the kids how to shoot a puck.
“I don’t think the kids realized that they had a five-time all star showing them how to shoot a puck,” Zoldos said. “He was Ovechkin before Ovechkin was Ovechkin.”
The town also has two Snapchat filters to reflect its new name. One filter can be found and used in front of the Capitalsville sign in the Town Square and the other can be found in random pockets around town.
“If you don’t have tickets to the game at Capital One Arena, you should consider Capitalsville, the epicenter of crazy Capitals fans, as the place to watch game five,” Zoldos said.