Back on March 1st, BaltimoreSportsReport.com reported a rumor that the Washington Capitals were looking to host a preseason game at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. On Thursday night, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post confirmed our report.
The Capitals will host a press conference on Monday at the 1st Mariner Arena to announce the Baltimore Hockey Classic, a preseason game on September 20 against the Nashville Predators in Charm City. City Council President Jack Young and Capitals’ General Manager George McPhee are scheduled to attend the announcement.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post first reported the news after speaking with the Capitals’ vice president and chief marketing officer Joe Dupreist.
“It’s a great hockey market; it’s one that we want to claim as much as we can,” he told me. “I got here in ‘07, and that was one of the first things we started talking about once the team started getting good and selling out games. It was like, which fans haven’t we reached as well as we could have over the last five or 10 years, and that was one [market] that really stood out. I think they’re hungry for the Caps up there.”
As Steinberg points out, Baltimore makes up an estimated 10 percent of the Capitals full plan season ticket holders and used to be home to minor league affiliates the Skipjacks and Bandits.
You can count me in for this one. Hockey returns to Baltimore!