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Wizards and Capitals fans to return as D.C. allows Nationals capacity limit to increase

Max Scherzer felt the energy even 5,000 fans could bring when he took the mound for last week’s opening day. But between pitches, the Washington starter noticed the bare upper decks at Nationals Park.

He wondered why the stadium couldn’t host more fans, considering the seemingly ample unused space.

Scherzer’s wish has been granted. The District loosened coronavirus attendance restrictions on Friday, allowing the Nationals and D.C. United to increase attendance from 12% to 25%. Also, the Wizards and Capitals can welcome 10% capacity at Capital One Arena for the first time this season, becoming some of the last NBA and NHL franchises in the country to receive approval.