WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates being named the second star of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals Reverting Back To Black Netting After Fan Complaints

The Washington Capitals introduced white netting above the boards at Verizon Center, but after some fan complaints, they have decided to revert back to the black netting there before.

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Washington Capitals To Revert Back To Black Netting At Verizon Center Effective Immediately

After fans voiced their displeasure, the Washington Capitals have decided to bag the experiment of using white netting above the boards at Verizon Center. Introduced this preseason, fans immediately let it be known that they did not like the new look nets:

“The white netting is worse than the old black one, which I wasn’t a fan of,” said Weber Grandish, 36, of Arlington, who has season tickets in Section 115. “The view of the players on the ice is seriously like looking through a snow storm, which is quaint for the Winter Classic, but not for 41 home games. You can’t read players’ names on their jerseys.”

Like the reasonable businessman and owner that he is, Ted Leonsis listened to the complaints and has decided to revert back to the traditional black netting.

It hinders the fan experience and it is not an asset to our local rights holder, Comcast SportsNet. Therefore, starting with Friday’s preseason game, we will reinstall the black netting that had been used last season.

All too often change is hated for shallow reasons. We like the familiar and loathe the unfamiliar. But in this instance, the change did in fact seem to be a step in the wrong direction.


Washington Capitals May Remove White Netting At Verizon Center

The Washington Capitals installed a white net behind the goals at the Verizon Center for their first NHL preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in an attempt to improve visibility and make it easier for television broadcasts. However, after a series of complaints by fans, the team is considering removing the netting and replacing it with the old black netting, according to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment spokesperson Kurt Kehl said the team could change the netting as soon as for the next preseason home game on Friday.

Kehl said the team made the decision to go to the white netting because it thought it would help fans in the arena and those watching on television.

"If it doesn’t solve one of those or both of those, it’s not worth moving forward with it," he told The Washington Times. "If it’s something that’s distracting and disruptive of our fans viewing the game, we’re not going to continue with it."

Two fans complained to Whyno about the netting, while several others voiced their displeasure on Twitter.

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