Virginia town changes its name to 'Capitalsville' to celebrate DC's Stanley Cup run
CAPITALSVILLE, Va. (ABC7) – In the tiny town of Lovettsville, Virginia, nearly 60 miles outside D.C., it's not hard to find a Washington Capitals fan.
"Lovettsville has gone Caps crazy," said Jerry Burkot, general manager at Velocity Wings.
With a population of about 2,300, perhaps the biggest fan is the mayor.
"I've been a Caps fan my whole life," Bob Zoldus said.
Now that the Caps are headed to the Stanley Cup Final, Zoldus is showing a little love for his team in a big way.
"As a little town, let's do the biggest thing we can do, lets change our name," he said.
On Thursday night, the Town Council unanimously passed a resolution renaming the town to "Capitalsville." The mayor posted a photoshopped picture on the town's Facebook page turning the German settlement into the hockey settlement.
"I think it's fun, I think it's exciting and I'm not a sports fan, but that's a big win for them and it shows support," said Carolyn Young, a long-time resident.
The mayor is launching a social media campaign and is hoping to attract fans to support the home team and nearby businesses.
Signs around the town will be changed to say Capitalsville, and the mayor is also asking all citizens, organizations and businesses to "Rock the Red."
Lovettsville Elementary already updated its sign, which said ‘Capitalsville Go Caps.”
Burkot said Velocity Wings is also on board, and business has been booming during the playoffs.
"Being almost the Capitals' capital of Capitalsville, we love it. This is the place to be to watch a game," Burkot said.
The name change is not permanent and will only last through the Stanley Cup Final, and it won't cost taxpayers a dime.
"Late June, we'd love to have a parade here in town and maybe get a couple players to come out and take them around town and show off Capitalsville to the players that brought the cup home," Zoldus said.