WASHINGTON - As the Washington Capitals head to Las Vegas in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup, this has led the Washington Mystics to become the hottest ticket in town.
The Mystics were originally scheduled to play their game against the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday at 7 p.m. However, it was announced last week that team would move their game earlier to 4 p.m. to accommodate Capitals fans for the viewing party for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m.
In addition, those who had purchased tickets to the Mystics game would have been allowed to stay afterwards to cheer on the Capitals at the viewing party.
After the Capitals' Game 4 victory on Monday and with the team on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup, this led to a surge of ticket sales for Thursday's Mystics game, with tickets reportedly going for $500 to $1,500 on the resale market.
However, on Tuesday afternoon, Monumental Sports and Entertainment announced that the Mystics game against the Lynx will be free. Anyone who purchased tickets directly from the Mystics will be given refunds.
"If you purchased Mystics tickets from another source, please contact that source directly," Monumental Sports and Entertainment said in a release. "We encourage fans not to purchase Mystics tickets from any secondary market sources for this game moving forward."
Doors at Capital One Arena for the Mystics game will open at 3 p.m. Anyone who attends the game will be allowed to remain in their seat for the Capitals Viewing Party. However, fans will not be allowed to leave and reenter the arena during the Mystics game or the viewing party.
Caps fans who just want to attend the viewing party at Capital One Arena will need to get tickets online at www.washingtoncaps.com/viewingparty. Those free tickets will be available at 1 p.m. Wednesday. There is a limit of two tickets per person.
"Admission will be via the F Street and Gallery Place entrances and seating is general admission, first come, first served," said Monumental Sports and Entertainment. "We encourage fans to arrive early, as general admission seating is limited and due to overwhelming demand, a ticket does not guarantee entry into the arena."
The first 15,000 fans for the viewing party will receive a Capitals rally towel.