I had a chance to take in my first ballpark at Nationals Park in Washington on Memorial Day against the Phillies.
I went with my wife, brother and sister-in-law, heading in to the park by way of the Metro. We used the Greenbelt, Maryland station...$5.00 round trip. What a great deal. It leaves you off right at the entrance to the ballpark.
I really like the entrance to the ballpark, a wide open plaza with a nice-looking sign. The four Presidents are all out there greeting fans, and getting their pictures taken. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to the website letteddywin.com)
The interior reminds you a lot of Citizens Bank Park, with the exception of the location of the scoreboard and nothing comparable to Ashburn Alley. I like the exterior of CBP a lot better...brick instead of a more modern look. But the interior is very nice.
I didn't take a walk around the ballpark (I would have except the temp was 95 degrees and we were trying to stay cool) but the concessions seemed to be good, although as in all ballparks, the prices were outrageous. Four dollars for a regular size bottle of water. (get them on the way in to the ballpark...$2)
We also found an area to keep cool in the concourse area near our seats because of the oppressive heat.
The game seems a lot like a minor league game. They do a lot of between innings entertainment involving fans that gets shown on the scoreboard, much like a Blue Rocks game. I thought that was a little odd. But I do like the Presidents race run in the middle of the 4th between George, Abe, Tom and Teddy. It's a great concept and if you go to the website I listed earlier, there are some hilarious videos.
The trip out was quick even though there were 35,000 people there, more than half of them Phillies fans and many of them going on the green line to Greenbelt like we were.
All in all, except for the heat, a great experience. It makes me want to head back down there for a night game on the weekend.
Posted at 11:25am on June 1, 2011 by Big Don Voltz
i made it to national's park as part of a trip to DC a couple of years ago.
i walked from the Mall area, perhaps a little to far for most people.
I also took the train back to the hotel, no problems.
i asked for the cheapest ticket, since i rarely sit in the seat long, $5 for a nosebleed seat. I don't know what the rate is now.
These new stadiums are more similar than you would think.
When i go to a new park,I like to watch a halfinning then walk to a different vantage point and watch the next inning
The biggest difference i have seen is CBP is really designed to walk around in while some of the other parks like say Atlanta and the White Sox park are very walker unfriendly.
I would definately make it part of a DC trip again
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