Verizon Center Is Looking Into Changes After Debris Is Tossed

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A spokesman for Verizon Center said yesterday the arena will consider changes after some fans threw plastic bottles filled with beer and other debris onto the ice following the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

One of the bottles clipped the shoulder of Flyers center Jeff Carter as he was being interviewed near the benches.

A handful of fans were escorted out of the building by security, according to Matt Williams, executive vice president of Washington Sports and Entertainment. Williams said there were no injuries or arrests and that the building might consider selling beverages in cups rather than bottles for future elimination games.

"It was a reaction to the penalty and that all of the sudden the season was over," Williams said. "It's surprising because our fans have not done that before. We reacted as best we could."

Injured Capitals captain Chris Clark could not believe what he was seeing as he watched on television in the locker room.

"I don't like being a part of that," he said. "Some teams, that might be how their fans show their support. But I don't like to see that."

-- Tarik El-Bashir

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