Chris Brown fans anxiously awaiting to see the charismatic singer on stage at the Verizon Center will have to wait a couple of days later. The Verizon Center announced the concert, originally scheduled for Apr. 21, has be rescheduled for Sunday Apr. 23 due the Washington Capitals needing the arena for Friday’s Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
— Verizon Center (@verizoncenterpr) April 17, 2017
The Capitals’ double-overtime loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday night guaranteed their best-of-seven series will go at least five games. As a result, the Caps bumped Brown out of his slot. The Capitals and Maple Leafs are in Toronto for Monday’s Game 3. Game 4 will be Wednesday in Toronto as well before returning to the Verizon Center on Friday.
The NHL sets the dates of their playoff games due to television schedules, so when the league released the schedule of the series, Capitals officials were well aware of the potential conflict.
As in any event scheduled, contingency plans are in place. The Capitals and Wizards are the primary tenants. This is not the first time a pop star had to move their date at the Verizon Center for a sports event. In 2014, Lady Gaga had to reschedule her concert because of the unexpected playoff run by the Wizards.
Meanwhile, Brown will make minor adjustments to accommodate his loyal fans. He will now get a day off following his Apr. 20 show in Hampton, Va. Then he will be Philadelphia on Apr. 22 before coming to D.C. on the 23rd and then going to Brooklyn the following night.