Fans' Guide to Capitals Rookie Camp & Training Camp
What’s Going On?
2007 marks the first season of training camp hosted at the new home of the Washington Capitals, Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Lots of exciting fan activities, special events and giveaways are slated to take place during the course of training camp.
Click Here for a list of events
Is There a Cost to Attend Camp?
Training camp, like any regular-season team practice or morning skate held at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is free of charge for fans. So load up the family and make it an outing.
Who Will Be There?
More than 65 players have been invited to attend this year’s training camp. Seasoned veterans like goaltender Olie Kolzig and team captain Chris Clark will be joined by future all-star hopefuls Nicklas Backstrom and 2007 top draft pick Karl Alzner. Key off-season free-agent additions like Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov and Michael Nylander each will be in attendance for the first time at the Iceplex. Experienced and young players alike will take the ice with the NHL season on the horizon.
During the course of camp players will be broken down into three groups – A, B and C – often on the two rinks at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at the same time. Make sure to check the schedule of events at WashingtonCaps.com to know when each group skates. No matter which group you manage to get a glimpse of, the players will be putting on a show for fans as many work to make the Capitals roster. Keep in mind that the makeup of each group can change each day.
How to Get to Kettler Capitals Iceplex?
It’s always a nice thing to know where you are going when you hop into the car. For many fans, Training Camp may be the first opportunity to step foot into the Caps new training facility in Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Below are simple directions to get you to where you need to be.
From Washington, D.C. – take Constitution Ave. west, toward the Lincoln Memorial ... take I-66 West ... take exit 71/Glebe Rd. and take a left on to Glebe Rd. ... rink is on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall.
From National Airport – take George Washington Parkway North toward Arlington ... take I-66 West ... take exit 71/Glebe Rd. and take a left on to Glebe Rd. ... rink is on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall.
From Dulles Airport – take Dulles Toll Road (Rt. 267 East) to I-66 ... take I-66 East ... take exit 71/Glebe Rd. and take a right on to Glebe Rd. ... rink is on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall.
From BWI Airport – take I-195 West to I-95 ... take I-95 South to the Capital Beltway (I-495) ... take I-495 West into Virginia ... take George Washington Parkway South ... take I-66 West ... take exit 71/Glebe Rd. and take a left on to Glebe Rd. ... rink is on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall.
From Metro – Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located two blocks from the Ballston stop on the Orange line ... Follow Stuart Street (or take the skywalk) to Ballston Common Mall and take the parking garage elevators to the eighth level.
Where to Park?
You have followed the directions and made it to the rink! Now, where are you supposed to park?
Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall. Once you’ve entered the garage, proceed to the top level of the deck. Don’t forget to keep the garage ticket you will receive when you enter the deck; you will need it when you’re heading home.
What is the Cost to Park?
Parking inside the Ballston Common garage varies. See below for general pricing…
Mon.-Fri. $1 first three hours, $1.50 added as time elapses
Maximum cost of $8
Sat./Sun. $1 all day
Is There Somewhere to Grab Food Nearby?
A full-service snack bar is located within Kettler Capitals Iceplex for fans to grab a bite to eat while taking in some hockey. Hot dogs, popcorn and many other treats may be purchased at the snack bar. Also, since the rink is connected to the mall, restaurants like Rock Bottom Brewery, Front Page and the mall’s food court are also just a quick elevator ride away.
Will Players be Available for Autographs?
Yes. Select players will be available for autographs after practice on each of the first three days of camp. Details on which players will be signing when are still to come. In addition, there will be a kids-only autograph session on Kids Day, Sept. 29, and a session for police, firefighters and members of the military on Heroes Day, Sept. 21.
How Do I Know Which Player is Which?
With so many guys on the ice at a time it can be difficult to keep up with some of your favorites and learn who many new faces are. Equipped with rosters and bios of every player attending camp, the Capitals 2007 Training Camp Guide can be a helpful tool to help you get comfortable with the team. The guides are available for purchase at the Iceplex for $1. All proceeds benefit the Caps Fan Club.
What Should I Wear?
Red, white and blue, of course! Wear red on Red Thursdays and you will receive a free ticket to a preseason game. Another thing to keep in mind: no matter what the temperature outside, you will be in a hockey rink. Long sleeves are a good idea.