A day after the Washington Capitals won their way into the Stanley Cup Final, the Town of Lovettsville changed its name to honor them.
The Town Council last night voted unanimously to change the 182-year-old town’s name to Capitalsville for the duration of the team’s time in the final round against the Vegas Golden Knights. To get the word out, Mayor Bob Zoldos had some fun with a press release, referring to the town as Capitalsville on eight separate occasions.
“The Town of Capitalsville is a community of loyal sports fans who support our home team, the Washington Capitals,” Zoldos wrote. “The Town of Capitalsville is renowned for its hospitality, welcoming tens of thousands of guests annually.”
Zoldos’ idea to temporarily rename the town came earlier this month when the Capitals played in the first round of the playoffs. Since then, he has been in touch with Capitals staff and has come up with ideas to superimpose the Capitalsville name on town signs, host a viewing party and possibly even a small parade with a few Capitals players if the team wins the cup.
Zoldos and Vice Mayor Jim McIntyre are now working to have a “Welcome to Capitalsville” sign made before the team’s first game against Vegas on Monday, May 28.
“Changing our name to Capitalsville is a bit quirky but we, in the town formally known as Lovettsville, lead the league in quirky,” Zoldos said. “During the finals there is no better place to watch the Caps, except maybe Capital One Arena, than right here in Capitalsville.”