Metro will remain open past midnight if a Washington Capitals playoff game extends beyond 11 p.m. on days the service usually ends at midnight, WMATA and Verizon Center announced Tuesday.
Sunday through Thursday, if a Caps game goes beyond 11, Metro will extend service another hour. Fans are recommended to be in a participating station by 12:45 a.m. to make the last trains.
The extended service would include Gallery Place (green, red and yellow lines, any entrance), Judiciary Square (red line, F Street entrance) and Metro Center (red, orange and blue lines, 11th and G Street entrance. Metro and Verizon Center said in a joint statement that an announcement will be made if the extra hour is provided after a given game.
Game 3 of last season’s Caps-New York Rangers series went triple overtime. It began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 12:14 a.m. Metro remained open, though there was an announcement made during the third OT period that it would close at 1 a.m.
Verizon Center agreed to fund late-night service when necessary.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is a 12:30 p.m. start Saturday. Times for potential Games 5 and 7 were not announced.