WASHINGTON — Metro is staying open an additional hour to accommodate fans attending the playoff game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center.

Metro will close at 1 a.m. instead of its normal Thursday closing time of midnight. Metro said in a statement that fans entering the system after midnight have to enter at Gallery Place, Judiciary Square and Metro Center. One entrance at each station will be open.

Entrances at all other Metro stations will close at their normal times, but customers will be able to exit at all stations during the additional hour of service.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals begins Thursday night at 8 p.m.

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