For immediate release: April 26, 2021

Metro to extend service for sporting events if games run beyond normal closing time

As thousands of sports fans and workers return to the ballpark, stadium and arena to support the region’s professional sports teams, Metro will be there to get them home even if the game goes beyond Metro’s normal closing time.

Beginning Tuesday, April 27, through the end of the year, Metro will “flex” service for an additional 30 minutes after the game ends or until midnight whichever comes first, and will waive the fees normally charged to the team for extra late-night service. The rail station closest to the sporting venue will be the only station open for customers to enter. All other stations will be “exit only.” Anyone in line at that time will be accommodated.

The “flex” service will support the region’s economic recovery and provide fans and employees of the region’s professional sports teams - Wizards, Capitals, Nationals, Mystics, DC United, and The Washington Football team – an easy, convenient way to get to and from games.

“Metro is proud to be a part of this community, and we are excited to welcome back fans and workers who support our home teams,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We welcome them to ride Metro on game day with the assurance that Metro will be there for them on the ride home.”

If Metrorail service is extended beyond the normal closing time, the following stations would remain open as follows:

Nationals/DC United – Navy Yard

Wizards/Capitals – Gallery Place

Washington Football Team – Morgan Blvd

Mystics – Congress Heights

Information on the last train times can be found on the station page at

Metro adjusted operating hours last year due to the pandemic, closing at 11 p.m. seven days a week as rail ridership remains well below pre-pandemic levels.

Customers are reminded that under federal law masks are required when riding Metro for your safety and the safety of others.