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* There's not a single story that I can find in the media this morning talking about how last night's predicted commuting catastrophe went, on the roads, at RFK, or on the Metro. The announced paid attendance at the ballpark was 23,340, up a few thousand from Monday night, and judging from the 55 M web cam the vast majority of people arriving by Metro made it before first pitch. (The 10-4 drubbing at the hands of the Marlins was a disaster of a different sort.) Anyone have any problems?
(Ah, just as I finished writing, here's Metro's report, saying that yesterday was its ninth highest weekday ridership day ever, though tourists and cherry blossom visitors were part of the mix, too.)
* My Ballpark and Beyond column in today's Post looks at how the dire predictions for Opening Night and Monday night didn't come to pass, and also the many different ways you readers reported getting to the ballpark on Opening Night (so, thanks for all those comments--made my job easy this week!).
* An Inquirer columnist disses concessionaire Aramark's performance at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, noting that the company, which had been in charge of concessions at RFK, didn't get the gig at Nationals Park. (He also tosses in a plug for Ben's half-smokes.)
* I'm going to add a list of available cash lots to my Stadium Parking page--I'd love some on-the-ground reports to make sure I'm getting them all (Splash, Chez Resnick at First and L, 80 M, South Capitol and Potomac, perhaps Positive Nature--anyone seen any others? If so, where, and for how much?).
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John says: (4/10/08 9:55 AM)
OK, being a NJer and all, I resisted the Ben's 1/2smokes thing for years. Finally, after a relentless search for Dominic's I-Talians during Monday's Ice Bowl, I gave in and got the works (less the onions). While it ain't Dominic's it was VERY good.

The Metro Monday night didn't put more trains on until the 9th inning AFTER 95% left and couldn't understand what everyone was getting upset about... Now, I understand these are not Baseball fans; but, surely there is a floor for common sense?

WHY, why, WhY can't these blockheads shorten the season to the way it was designed to be so that we don't have March through Mid-April and October Ice Bowl games!?!???


Andrew says: (4/10/08 10:41 AM)
I took blue/orange line from foggy bottom area to game last nite. The green line seemed OK to handle last nite's crowd, but for a larger crowd, I could envision more crowding on the platform and train.

On the way back, green line was okay due to staggered leaving from the blowout, but at Metro Center A LOT of people came onto the orange line towards VA. Perhaps these people came from the baskeball game? It was around 945pm at that time.

There seemed to be a lot of staff around Navy Yard, but no staff/metro police at Metro Center.


BC says: (4/10/08 10:54 AM)
I loved your Ballpark and Beyond article. It is great to know that there is at least one writer who will acknowledge that there are a lot of things going well at the ballpark. I think that many other newpaper writers only want to write about bad things or not write at all (when there is not much bad to report) ...this goes for the local TV news people as well. You are an island of truth in a sea of Chicken Littles!


Justin says: (4/10/08 11:23 AM)
Went last night. Walked over from 1100 NJ so I can't offer any reports on the incoming metro scene. I can say at 6:30pm lots T and U had about 20 cars combined between them. Left the game at the top of the 9th. A quick glimpse at a TV in the Red Loft let me know there were 2 minutes left in the Wizards game and since I was transferring to the Red line at Gallery-Place I high tailed it out of there. Navy Yard Platform was very crowded. Imagine a full rush hour train getting offloaded onto a platform that already has people on it. That's how I would characterize it. However, the main difference was that there were at least a dozen Metro Employees strung out along the platform for crowd control including an employee on the platform that had a wireless microphone to the speaker system. They all helped A LOT! Gallery Place was even more crowded just because the first couple trains from the baseball game had come in and the Wizards crowd was pretty much right in sync with that crowd and the first Red line to Shady Grove took about 8 minutes to arrive. Made it pretty hectic and there were not as many Metro employees on this platform as there were at Navy Yard. A little pushing and shoving though and we were out of there on the first red line train to roll in. Not everyone did though and the sign indicated the next train was not for several more minutes. Not a horrible metro experience, but not great. You just have to expect a crowd and be patient enough to navigate your way though. (I think it'd be pretty hard for someone with a baby stroller or wheelchair to get through in this crowd)

On another note, a couple that we went with to the game with drove and parked at 1100 NJ with a permit. They said 1100 NJ was only about 1/3 full, the streets were deserted of traffic after the game, and they cruised home in no time.


G-man says: (4/10/08 11:41 AM)
Stopped by Five-Guys near the stadium last night for dinner. At first I almost didn't go, thinking I wouldn't find parking. Silly me. I found plenty of street parking in the Capitol Quarter area just a couple of blocks away. It looked like the for-pay lots weren't crowded either.


Kerry Geist says: (4/10/08 7:27 PM)
I drove in from Virginia and had no problems on Wednesday night. The 6th street exit had no backup at all. The parking garage had plenty of room. My only issue was minor - 2 streets next to one another are labeled as 2nd street. The R lot is on the 2nd of the two.


Tim says: (4/10/08 8:26 PM)
We Metro-ed in after work and made it through the Ben's line in less than 10 minutes (they've expanded onto the next restaurant front and they added 4 cashiers).

We stayed to the bitter end and the only bummer was having to offload the Green Line train at Mt Vernon Square and waiting for two other dead end trains for a Greenbelt destined train.

Not much to complain about really.


Robin says: (4/11/08 11:05 PM)
Positive Nature is charging $20 for parking. If you're going to drive, you might as well have your parking fees going to a good cause.

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