Nationals Park Details
Nationals Park was opened in 2008, when the Washington Nationals began play in Washington D.C., following their move from Montreal where they played as the Expos. The park is home to only the Nationals, who play in Major League Baseball's National League East division. Since the stadium opened, it has played host to a number of noteworthy events, including three Nationals playoff appearances.
In the baseball world, Nationals Park played host to a piece of baseball history, as legendary starting pitcher Randy Johnson earned his 300th win as a member of the San Francisco Giants in a 5-1 win over the Nationals. It will be the site of the 89th MLB All-Star Game on July 17, 2018. The Stadium has also played host to one of the more fun traditions in recent sporting history, the 2015 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks, in a contest that the Capitals won 3-2.
Outside of the sports world, Nationals Park has played host to many concerts, hosting legends such as Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. Nationals Park also hosted Pope Benedict XVI during his 2008 visit to the United States, where a mass was celebrated with over 47,000 people in attendance.
The Washington Nationals are a virtual lock to qualify for the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason as the champions of the National League East, which means that Nationals Park will be set to host some games of major importance once the playoffs begin. Past years have seen playoff games at Nationals Park end poorly, but a team as talented as the Nationals are this year will always have a chance to win a championship in their home ballpark.
Q: What are the best places to sit at Nationals Park?
A: The Delta Sky360 Club behind home plate is the best seat in the house, but tickets there can get a bit pricey. Dugout Box seats in the 100s sections are just as close to the action, without the massive price tag, making them worth a try. For an even better value, the mezzanine sections in left and right field are less expensive, and come with the added bonus of being able to watch pitchers warm up in the bullpen depending on where you are sitting.
Q: Nationals Park Tips and Tricks
A: The center field gate at Nationals Park open two hours before first pitch on game days, with other gates opening an hour and a half before game time. This means that spectators can come in early and enjoy batting practice, which is usually around 90 minutes before the start of a game. On days where there are giveaways, using the gates that open later is your best bet, as the center field gate has a higher chance of running out of items given that it is open for an extra half hour.
Q: Nationals Park Club Areas
A: The Delta Sky360 Club really is the gold standard in terms of seating at Nationals Park, with seating directly behind home plate, all-inclusive food, beer, and wine, and the ability to view batting practice from the field. The PNC Diamond Club offers many of the same amenities, minus the on-field batting practice viewing opportunity, and is just behind the Delta Sky360 Club seating. Nationals Park also features all-inclusive suite seating in the Gold Glove Club and Club 3.
Q: Nationals Park Unique Features
A: Having to walk up an endless array of ramps and escalators to get to your seat is one of the most frustrating things about heading to any ballpark, but not Nationals Park. More than half of the crowd doesn't have to climb anything, thanks to the field being set 24 feet below the street, putting the main concourse right at street level.