Part of a downtown thoroughfare outside the Verizon Center was shut down Monday night by a sinkhole while a Washington Capitals hockey game was underway.

Sixth Street NW was closed between G and H streets by the hole, D.C. police said.

The area around the center, which includes Chinatown, is a major dining and entertainment hub.

Capitals spokeswoman Megan Eichenberg said street closures “impacted some” arriving fans but were not a major problem.

Nearby resident Joan C. Smith said she thought that when cars left the garage after the game, “that will be a challenge.”

The sinkhole was temporarily repaired early Tuesday, police said.