That looks like a fun line to stand in to miss the first half of the first period!
Sports Bog - At both home games this season, at least some Caps fans have grumbled over long lines to enter the building. (Others, as always happens, have said they didn’t have a problem.) Interestingly, the team is offering an incentive for fans to arrive at home games earlier, which could help boost arena concession and merchandise sales, and could also ease congestion at the entry points. The “Monumental Rewards” program — similar to the Nats’ Red Carpet Rewards program — offers points to fans for a variety of actions, from attending home games to watching road games to interacting on social media networks. Arriving early also merits a bonus: “earn 100 bonus points per ticket scanned at least 30 minutes prior to game start time,” the promotional material says.
The logistics of what they do are idiotic, at best. They open the doors one hour before game time. They check every bag, and they “wand” everyone who walks in. The issue is they sell out every game, and there is just not enough time to get everyone in the doors. So the fact you get points for showing up 30 minutes before the game starts means nothing, because basically unless you are standing around at 6pm waiting for the doors to unlock, you will be in a line for at least that long. So sucks for you, if you have that thing called a job and get there at the same time as the other 17,000 people with jobs. To the three people who can get there mega-early, enjoy your Mike Green bobble head you get for earning points. Quite the incentive.