Situated in Chinatown, the Capital One Arena is relatively easy to get to, if you know Washington, DC, although, for those not familiar with the layout of our nation’s capital, maneuvering the streets of DC can be pretty scary. No worries, armed with the right information, your journey to the Capital One Arena can be sweet, simple, and uneventful….well, except for the event you paid for that is.
DC is a pretty congested city. Aside from the people who actually live here, many commute to the city for work. Caution must be taken to follow the general laws and take precautions to keep one safe.
· Take I-95 North towards Washington
· Take I-395 North exit towards Washington
· When road splits while approaching the 14th Street Bridge, make left onto US-1 and follow to 14th Street Bridge
· Cross the 14th Street Bridge and stay on 14th Street, NW
· Turn right onto Constitution Avenue, NW –
· Make left onto 7th Street, NW – Capital One Arena is located on the corner of F and 7th Streets, NW
From Maryland (Northwest of DC)
· Follow the Capital Beltway/I-495 South
· Take the George Washington Memorial Pkwy toward Washington
· Take the exit onto I-395 N toward Washington
· Take the 12th St exit
· Merge onto 12th St SW
· Turn right at Constitution Ave NW/US-1
· Turn left onto 7th Street, NW, follow to F – Capital One Arena is located on the corner of F and 7th Streets, NW
· Capital One Arena is located at the corner of 7th and F Streets
From Maryland (Northeast of DC)
· Follow I-295 South towards Washington
· Exit at New York Ave NE/US-50 West
· Continue on 50 West as it turns into New York Avenue, NW
· Turn left at 6th St NW/US-1
· Capital One Arena is located at the corner of 6th and F Streets
Parking Near the Capital One Arena
The Capital One Arena has partnered with SpotHero to provide fans with an easy way to compare parking options near the venue and book guaranteed spaces ahead of time.
Be Aware of DC Traffic Laws
The following are DC traffic laws that are not necessarily common in other states:
· Pedestrians in the crosswalk have the right-of-way. A crosswalk exists at the curbline of every intersection, whether one is painted there or not. If a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, you must stop and give them the right-of-way. Drivers are expected to go at a slow enough pace in intersections for the safety of pedestrians.
· It is illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving, unless using a hands free device. It is illegal for minors to use a cell phone at all while driving, whether or not they use a hands free device.
· Stop at yellow. When the light turns yellow, drivers must stop before reaching the crosswalk, unless stopping immediately is unsafe.
· Don’t block the box. In DC it is illegal to stop in an intersection. If you are sitting in traffic, be sure to stop before the crosswalk, as well as when stopping for traffic lights.
· Going in circles. When entering traffic circles, you must yield right-of-way to traffic already in the circle.
· No left from service roads, unless doing so will follow the same general direction of traffic and only at an entrance or exit established for that service road.
There are many options to getting to the Capital One Arena. Of course, you can drive, but you can opt for using public transport instead.
Using Public Transportation
The DC area has a top-notch public transportation system. WMATA, aka Metro, is the biggest provider of public transport in the region. In addition to buses, WMATA provides the subway train that travels throughout the tri-state area.
There are a myriad of buses that will get you to the Capital One Arena from most places in the greater Washington, DC area. To access a door-to-door schedule, visit Metro’s website and plug in your starting address and destination into their Trip Planner. It will give you several itinerary options, as well as the costs. This handy tool can be found here.
Bus Routes near Capital One Arena are 42, 70, 79, 80, P6, and X2.
Metrorail has several stations near the Capital One Arena. While the Gallery Place-Chinatown is located directly at Capital One Arena (Red, Yellow, and Green lines), Metro Center, Judiciary Square, Mount Vernon Square, and Archives are all within walking distance. Make sure you have enough funds on your fare card to cover a round trip, so you don’t get stuck in long lines at the vending machines.
Also, when leaving, rather than going straight to the station that is closest to Capital One Arena, it’s best to plan according to the crowds, so you can get a seat. If you are riding the Red Line heading towards Shady Grove, you should considered getting on the train at Judiciary Square, but if you are on the Red Line heading towards Glenmont, you may want to get on the train at Metro Center. If you are heading north on the yellow or green lines, you will have better luck at getting a seat if you get on at Archives, while Mount Vernon Square is a better choice for those heading south on the yellow and green lines.
Be sure to listen to all announcements and read the final destination displayed on the train, since sometimes Metro adds a few trains after games to lessen the crowding, but they don’t always cover the full route on that line.