Watch Party on G Street Leaves Fans Annoyed

Posted June 3, 2018

The Capitals and the city of DC organized a watch party out on G street for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. There was just a slight problem. If you were closer to the arena, specifically the corner of G and 7th streets, you had a live look at the game. You were seeing the live feed from the Jumbotron. However, you would hear the NBC audio about 10 seconds later. If you were further down G street closer to where Sting and Shaggy performed, you got the NBC broadcast but you could hear fans reacting to something you would see seconds later.

As I joined the festivities for the third period, I was rather annoyed about this, as were some viewers.

“It kinda feels like [expletive],” Ben Galdo said of the difference who was watching the Jumbotron view. “I don’t really like the lag. I kinda like having it [live]. Its very much confusing and I would rather have them both in sync.”

“I kinda tune out that side,” said Sam Ryan who was watching the NBCSN broadcast.

Both Ryan and Galdo wouldn’t mind having the Jumbotron feed if they had audio. Both would like that audio to be John Walton who can be heard in arena on 87.9 FM without a delay.

“Walton is a great [play by play announcer], he’s been doing it for a long time, I would prefer him doing it rather than the national guys.” said Ryan.

Having a crowd gather outside the arena for a game is something I have been dreaming about for a long time. However, the actual display was rather disappointing. There weren’t many screens set up, and the screens that were already there, not all of them were broadcasting the game in some fashion. The screens outside the arena right in front of the Portrait Gallery, where fans were already gathered well before the end of the game, were just showing a simple advertisement.

The watch party outside of the arena was a bit of a letdown. Hopefully, the team and city will adjust in time for Monday’s Game 4.