Caps Development Camp & Fan Fest: Things Have Changed, A Pictorial Guide to Parking

Things look a lot different around Ballston Common Mall these days. The mall is home to Kettler Ice Rink – home of the Washington Capitals organization and host of Development Camp and the Fan Fest this week. And it is undergoing a major transformation which may impact your journey there, especially on Tuesday for Fan Fest

The Washington Capitals provided the following updated information in response to our post about parking last week:

Limited parking will be available in the Ballston Commons Parking garage due to construction. Alternate parking options are available in the Ballston area. 

Have no fear – we’ve got you covered. We checked on Sunday and there should be ample parking in the garage and nearby garages if necessary.

Lets start at the beginning – the entrance to the parking garage is 627 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203. Parking on Russell is closed. Turn left into the garage if coming from Rt. 66 or right from Arlington/Alexandria on Glebe.

There is a gated ticket dispenser once you enter the garage. Push the button for your parking ticket. Rates are posted at the entry way. For up to three hours it will only cost $1.00, if you are there all day it could cost up to $10.00 It is the best rate in the area!

There is a pay machine in the Kettler Entrance if you want to pay before coming down the ramps. Or you can pay either by credit card or cash on your way back out. We find it just as easy to pay going out.

Ok, now pull forward to the stop sign and then begin the curvy drive up!

We did a check for you on Sunday and found several parking levels (3,4,5) are closed to construction. We recommend that you park on levels 6 and 7. The roof (8) will be closed for Fan Fest on Tuesday, which will decrease the number of available spaces.

You can park on the ramps for those lower levels and walk through the cones to the elevator in the far corner.

Take the elevator to level 8 – it should say ‘Ice Rink’ and enter through the glass doors.

The first rink you find is known as the “Arlington Rink” and where public skating is usually available.

Keep walking around the rink to the next set of door and enter into the lobby. Here you will find skate rentals, information about skating classes, and most importantly Eco Cater’s Caps Cafe. They have some light fare for breakfast and lunch as well as a new expresso machine. Be sure to say “hello” to Chef Robert Wood if you see him. And get his cookbook too!

There are bleachers available for viewing on the Caps rink. It is standing only on the Arlington Rink. Additionally,  there is viewing from the upper level (just take the steps in the lobby or the elevator mid-way down the hall). The upper sections may be closed though for scouts and managers as they were at the end of last season.

Finally, if you can’t find parking inside the Ballston Common garage, here is a link to other garages in the area from Parkopedia.

img_9852You can also take the Metro’s Orange and Silver line to Ballston and walk over to Glebe Road. If you are used to doing that and cutting through the NSF building, you should know that the walkway is no more! Be careful crossing the streets – pedestrians are open targets in Ballston!!


However you get there, we hope you have a great time seeing the prospects up close. We post more info on Development Camp shortly.


Caps Drop Fan Fest and Alumni Game Schedule

The Washington Capitals Development Camp kicks off on Tuesday, 29 June and runs through Saturday 1 July, ending with a scrimmage.

There are two highlights of the Camp – beyond getting a look at the prospects: Fan Fest and the Alumi Scrimmage.


When:                      Fan Fest starts at 3 pm

Where:                     Kettler Ice Plex, 627 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

What to expect:    Equipment sale from for STH from 4 – 9; Public session 9 – 10

Q & A sessions with Caps prospects throughout the day

Red Rocking on the Roof:

 Music from 3 – 6:40

3 – 7   Kids Stuff: Moon Bounce, Street Hockey

Slapshot and Photo Booth for Everyone

Parking and Access:

Take the Orange and Sliver Lines to Ballston Station and walk over                                           to Kettler


Update from the Caps in response to our post:

Limited parking will be available in the Ballston Commons Parking garage due to construction. Alternate parking options are available in the Ballston area. 

Some options:


The Alumi Game begins at 7 pm. Here is the scoop from the Capitals:

Game Format:

  • Three (3) 15-minute running clock periods with 10-minute intermissions
  • All penalties will result in a penalty shot
  • If overtime is needed, game will go straight into a best-of-three shootout

Roster:  Click here for the full roster. Some notable players include: Peter Bondra, John Druce, Mike Knuble, Olaf Kolzig.  YES MIKE KNUBLE!!!!

We always have a blast at this event. Bring your sunscreen for the deck and maybe a little fan ’cause it can get hot on the roof.

Get some snacks at the Caps Cafe managed by Eco Caters, DC.

You might even run into Chef Robbie:

But mostly, it’s a fun day to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and talk about the prospects for a great season!

Hope we see you there. Mel and Brittney will be taking photos so be sure to stop and say “hello” so we can include you in our wrap up!!