I must admit, as big of a thrill as it's been watching the new Nationals ballpark
being birthed, it's become a bit rote to go take photos every two weeks. Sure, the steel beams continue to wind around along South Capitol Street, and the upper deck is going in with particular speed now, but not much has been a surprise lately--until today, when I ventured onto 1st Street for the first time in two weeks, and was greeted with an entirely new stadium to look at--precast concrete slabs have been installed on the ground level all along 1st Street south of N Place, giving the stadium the first taste of the limestone look that will make it so distinctive to DC. (This portion of the stadium is not visible from the otherwise fabulous Stadium Construction Cams
.) You can see the new concrete in my Stadium Construction Gallery
(along with updates of the usual vantage points), but to get a feel for how big a change the eastern side of the stadium has undergone in the past few weeks, I'd suggest browsing the Photo Archive at 1st and N Place looking south and west
, 1st and O looking south and west
and north and west
, and 1st and Potomac looking north and west
. And go down there and see it for yourself in person! (Just try not to run me over while you're driving past.) I just wish it hadn't been such a hazy dusty summer-like day, I miss those azure blue skies in today's shots....