WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to Qatar, hockey fans in the U.S. capital get an extra hour of subway service on the night of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

It costs $100,000 to keep the Metrorail system open for an additional 60 minutes past midnight. Metro eliminated late-night operating hours because of budget constraints.

Hours before the scheduled start of Thursday’s game, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that Qatar and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District are “doing it again to deliver late night Metro service to Caps fans.”

The Qatar Embassy also touted the arrangement, saying via Twitter: “We believe in bringing communities closer together through sports.”

Qatar has fastened an competitive and well-funded marketing campaign to rehabilitate its symbol within the U.S. since President Donald Trump chided the rustic remaining yr for investment terrorism. Qatar’s ruling emir visited the White Area remaining month.

Jack Evans, the chairman of Metro’s board of administrators and a D.C. Council member, stated the Capitals declined to pay to stay the subway gadget open within the tournament of an additional time sport.


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