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Capitals Host Fan Fest at First Day of Training Camp, Friday, Sept. 14

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Kettler Capitals Iceplex hosts special events, activities and autograph signings for fans

The Washington Capitals open 2007 Training Camp with a special Fan Fest on Friday, Sept. 14, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Alongside practices and scrimmages that are open to the public and free of charge, fans can enjoy giveaways, player autograph signings, a town hall meeting and much more.

Fan Fest begins early Friday morning when DC101’s Elliot in the Morning Show broadcasts live from Kettler Capitals Iceplex from 6-10 a.m. Fans can skate on the Caps rink free of charge during Elliot’s show from 7-9 a.m. and listen to Chevelle, a rock band that will play live during the 8 a.m. hour from the balcony above the ice. Interactive games including a slapshot cage, stick-handling obstacle course, kid’s sock-hockey rink and electronic hockey accuracy game will be set up on the 8th level of the Iceplex parking deck. Four of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s most prestigious trophies -- the Calder, King Clancy, Norris and Vezina, which have all been won by a Capital in the past -- will be on display for fan photos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Face painters are slated to be on hand to paint Caps fans’ faces red, white and blue, while a caricature artist will be capturing the excitement.

The team will take the ice on both of Kettler Capitals Iceplex’ sheets of ice for the first practices of camp at 10:30 a.m. Following practice, a group of players will sign autographs from 1:30-2:30 p.m., while former Capital Joe Reekie will host three one-hour long on-ice skills clinics. 
Fan Fest also will feature a special, town hall-style meeting with chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis, team captain Chris Clark and goaltender Olie Kolzig from 2:30-3:15 p.m. on the rink’s mezzanine level.

The opening day of training camp also marks the first opportunity for fans to purchase the Capitals’ new red, white and blue jerseys. The jerseys, available for $115 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, will be Rbk Premier Replicas without names or numbers; fans will have the opportunity to get the jerseys personalized for $60.

A special pre-sale for 2007-08 single-game tickets available only at Kettler Capitals Iceplex also begins on Sept 14. Individual game tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

Special Training Camp activities continue through the weekend, with player autograph sessions slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons and interactive games and giveaways. 

The Capitals are offering two-for-one season tickets in the Mezzanine Ends sections – fans who buy the first seat at gate price get the second seat free by signing up today. Fans can also save up to 51.4% off the gate price on all other seating locations. The Capitals also offer a 19-game Weekend Plan and a You Pick 11 plan, in which fans select the games they wish to attend. All plan holders can take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option – interest-free monthly payments with full-season plans starting as low as $75 per month. Single-game tickets will be available online and at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

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About Kettler
Based in Northern Virginia and celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1977 by Chairman Robert C. Kettler, Kettler is a leading developer of award-winning, mixed-use residential and commercial properties across the Washington Metropolitan area. In 2007, Kettler was named one of the area’s largest private companies by the Washington Business Journal and is one of the nation’s top 20 multifamily developers. Kettler has developed more than five million square feet of commercial space and more than 50,000 homes.  The company also owns and manages nearly 10,000 apartments in 41 locations. Current projects include urban and transit-oriented developments, multifamily housing, commercial and mixed-use developments and resort communities.
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