Nationals Park opened in 2008 to much fanfare, it was the first LEED – certified green major professional sports stadium in the United States. The Nats struggles during their first two seasons along the Anacostia River enabled top draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper to join the organization. Their recent success has coincided with the revitalization of the Navy Yard area of DC. Views of the Washington Monument and the Capitol from the Upper Deck as well as the Presidents Race make a ballpark visit to our Nation’s capital a memorable one.
I met Tracy Tran through our mutual admiration for the Tony Kornheiser Show (La Cheesiere!). Tracy is a devout Nationals fan and is hoping they can tie their 2017 NLDS Series up today against the Cubs. This week Tracy went Nine with Nerd to share his Baseball ballpark experiences.
Ballpark Nerd Rank: 20
Opened: 2008 Capacity: 41,888
- Dugout Box sections 114-131
- Club Level sections 206-221
- Right Field Mezzanine sections 223-227
- Gallery sections 308-321
Getting to the Park
Ballpark Nerd recommends taking the Metro to Navy Yard station, other Metro options include the Orange, Blue or Silver Lines to Capitol South Station. Metrobus and the DC Circulator also serve Nationals Park. Parking options are limited and expensive. [Read more…]
August 14, 2008: The District of Columbia
Since MLB relocated and rebranded the Expos from Montreal in 2005, the Nationals have carved out a niche in the nation’s capital. The Nationals played their first three seasons in the District at RFK Stadium, drawing 2.7 million fans in 2005, but the former home of the Washington Redskins and Senators lacked modern amenities and facilities. (The ticket offices, for example, were trailers outside RFK’s gates.) When MLB sold the Nationals to the D.C. real estate developer Ted Lerner in 2006, plans to build the team a new home were already in the works. President George H.W. Bush threw out the first pitch in Nationals Park history to open the 2008 MLB season. The game, played on a Sunday night in March, was a memorable and chilly one, as fans of MLB.tv can attest, ending on Ryan Zimmerman’s 9th-inning home run to defeat the Braves. Opening night at Nationals Park may have been the highlight of the season, as the Nats finished the year with baseball’s worst record (59-102), drawing 2.3 million fans to their new home in D.C.’s Navy Yard. What might have been a nightmare to some organizations was the turning point for the Nationals. Their #1 draft pick in 2009 and subsequently in 2010 enabled the organization to select two franchise-altering players, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. [Read more…]