I finally arrived at our Nation’s Capital (that’s Washington DC for all of my OK and WV friends). I was apprehensive about driving since I have heard so many people talk about getting bogged down in gridlock and not getting anything accomplished. Then I realized they were talking about the government and not the city itself. Ba da dum.
Actually, the traffic was not that bad, I have, after all, lived in Tulsa during the great road construction project of 2012-13 (you would have had to been there). I was REALLY surprised at how easy it was to get to and from Nationals Ballpark. Even though I had to pay ten bucks to park, which in DC is a steal. But hey, I am on a budget. Ten buck buys a lot of peanut butter. And I was surprised at the ticket window. In one of our country’s most expensive cities the cheapest seat was just a sawbuck...that’s right five dollars. Are you listening St. Louis?
The ballpark itself is very modern. It has a parking garage built into it (not the $10 parking I assure you) and is adorned with large chrome baseballs on the outside, a large circular message display that looks like a giant halo greets you at the centerfield entrance. It has clean lines and a red cement flood speckled with multi-colored anti-slip flakes. The concourse is very wide and mostly open to the field. The food booths are very modern and have cool DC-related names like “Steak of the Union,” “Senator’s Sausage,” etc. The outfield wall has some sharp angles and a digital out of town scoreboard in the right field wall. Plus, the entire stadium is either red, white or blue. How is that for a patriotic tie-in? Overall it reminds me of 21st century modern meets Ikea meets airport. Not a bad thing. It is very unique and tasteful. I give the Nationals credit for bucking the retro-park trend (that’s so 20th century anyway) and doing their own thing. They did a fine job designing a ballpark.
Bun-fresh, albeit a bit mushed from the wrapper.
Taste-the Hatfield’s frank was pretty good.
Toppings-better than I have run into lately, but they need a bit more for top score.
Price-$5 is not too bad for a MLB venue. Others do better but still a decent price.
Portability-the Reynold’s Wrap type foil does a dandy job, but tends to smash the bun. You are not losing a morsel in that wrap job.
It Factor-food choices, and good ones, abound in Nationals Park. But the variety of hot dogs is not so vast.
Location-it is in the Navy Yard area, which is close enough to call it a downtown ballpark.
Access-metro, walk, bus, boat.
Cleanliness-they do a great job of keeping the stadium spotless.
Fans-I was impressed with the Thursday night turnout. LOTS of fans and they were very vocal for the home team. In a town where everyone is probably from somewhere else, that was also impressive.
Ambiance-I hate to do it to such a great venue, but while it is a clean and modern ballpark it lacks that baseball vibe. It was a bit like a baseball game broke out in the warehouse section of Ikea. I still love the park though despite its shortcoming in the ambiance category.
|Portability||5||GA Ticket Price||5|
|My Sweet Seat Benefactor|