FXBG Spirit Day held at Capitals game
Building on the successful collaboration that resulted in a roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park, the City of Fredericksburg and the Washington Capitals partnered once again when they held the inaugural “Fredericksburg Spirit Day” this past Sunday, January 5, at the Washington Capitals’ home game against the San Jose Sharks.
Officials on both sides were able to create a special offer on tickets that allowed Fredericksburg-based fans to be seated together in designated sections, and tickets also included a Capitals T-shirt. However, the fun and excitement for Fredericksburg Spirit Day started way before the puck dropped as Exterior Medics generously sponsored two “spirit buses” to take fans to and from the game. Everyone met at the Dorothy Hart Community Center and were treated to free donuts and coffee, also provided by Exterior Medics. The buses carried 96 hockey fans to witness the inaugural event, while a total of 162 of the available 170 reserved tickets were purchased.
Prior to faceoff, the City of Fredericksburg aired a one-minute tourism video on the Jumbotron, and Jane Shelhorse, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events, had a live interview. Following the second period, Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw was privy to a Zamboni ride on center ice.
As for the game itself, while it started a little slowly – the score was tied at zero after the first period – things picked up with a 5-goal second period, and a 3-goal third period that saw the Caps score two goals in the last 40 seconds of regulation. With the score even at 4 apiece, overtime brought a series of incredible saves by Braden Holtby, the Caps’ goaltender, and eventually Lars Eller played hero for the Caps as they went on to clinch a 5-4 victory over the Sharks.
There has already been preliminary discussion about making this an annual event.