Be prepared for crowded Metro railcars and platforms this afternoon.

The agency says it's expecting a busy Wednesday, with a rally at the Capitol, a Washington Nationals game, cherry blossom visitors and a Wizards game on the docket.

Metro is warning riders that they may see more crowds on trains and platforms this afternoon. The agency recommends riders avoid Capitol South, Stadium-Armory, L'Enfant Plaza and Smithsonian stations.

Gallery Place and Navy Yard are also expected to see many riders before their games start at 7 p.m. and after the games end.

Metro is planning to use more eight-car trains than normal to accommodate the crowds.