Home » Washington Nationals

Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

17 August 2008 No Comment

Over a year ago, I wrote that I had attended a game at every Major League Baseball stadium and questioned how long that status would remain. It did not even last one year as the Washington Nationals opened their new park, Nationals Park, with the start of the 2008 season.

This weekend, I traveled to Washington D.C. with the Ultimate Sports Wife to once again complete the goal of many baseball fans – attend a baseball game at every existing Major League ballpark.

Yesterday started as any Saturday in our nations capital should – eating brunch on the fourth floor of Tabaq Bistro. The rooftop restaurant serves $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys on Saturday and Sunday and provides stunning views of Washington D.C. with the capital building and the Washington monument in the distance. After brunch we took a quick trip by car around the city to see the other sites and government buildings of Washington.

Pre Game Dining
Before the game, we ate dinner at Belga Café (located at 514 8th St., SE). Belga Café is an upscale Belgian restaurant with an assortment of Belgium beers. All of the entrees were presented well and tasted great. If you can, start by ordering some mussels.

After dinner, my friend TJ, called for a ride from e-cruzers.com. If you want a ride from the 8th street bars and restaurants to Nationals Park before or after the game simply look for the electric carts driving in the area. There are also other shuttle services to choose from the 8th street bars.

Obtaining Tickets
Our friend had already acquired four free tickets for the game last night. However, Nicole had invited a friend of hers from high school so we needed to buy two additional tickets for the game. We suggested to Nicole’s friends that they buy the cheapest seats we could find and that we would sneak them into our section on the lower level.

As we approached the park we bought 2 tickets for $10 each (face value was $10 each). As planned we all sat together in the lower level. However, we did not have to use the four lower level tickets to sneak our friends into the section since the ushers were not checking tickets.

Nationals Park
My first trip to any ballpark is always fun. But recently all of the new ballparks seem to be similar. Each of them has their own unique trait, but in the end they feel similar. We took the obligatory first visit tour around the park after the Presidents Race. The main highlights of the ballpark were:

1) The center field bar – called Red Loft.
2) The view from the upper deck of the US Capitol Building
3) The Presidents Race – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt race each other around the park in the middle of the 4th inning (the race is similar to the sausage race held at Miller Park).

Saturdays after the game, the Nationals show a movie on their high definition scoreboard. Last night’s movie was “A League of Their Own.” We watched the first ten minutes of the movie before calling e-cruzers.com for a ride back to the house.

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.