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When the headline "Nats Park: A Mistake?" pops up in your feed reader, it's easy to guess that the story will be about low attendance or whatever other ills the author defines and therefore what a boondoggle the stadium has been. But, instead, you get this, from WTOP's transportation reporter Adam Tuss: "Yet with all the trouble filling seats at novel Nats Park, this much is certain: The stadium is paying dividends to the neighborhood and city where it sits. [...] But the truth of the matter is, Nats Park has energized a section of the District that some would never have imagined driving through previously, let alone walking through. [...] New homes, shops, restaurants and vistas pop up on a daily basis. Old and run-down has been and continues to be replaced by young and vibrant." (One could quibble with the "shops and restaurants" portion of this, at this point, anyway.)
Then there's this section, which takes me back to the eye-rolling weeks of wading through media coverage early this year: "When the ballpark first opened this year, there were plenty of concerns -- many from a transportation perspective. Would Metro be able to handle the crowds that were going to games? Would there be enough parking for fans? Would the neighborhoods around the ballpark become swamped with unwanted visitors from out of the area? There were also concerns about the safety of fans headed to and from games. Would there be enough security, street lighting, and enforcement to keep the area a destination of interest? There is now deafening silence about those questions, as they have all been answered with resounding success."
He closes with: "As far as the team goes, the Nationals will get there at some point (you hope). But the home of the Nats is now helping transform a slice of the city into something truly special -- a second chance for an area that was far too often neglected."
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Paul says: (9/2/08 11:46 AM)
I wonder if the Lerner's were really the right owners for the team. Not paying rent, charging premium ticket prices for a talentless team, not signing free agents or top draft picks... But clearly the stadium has triggered the private investment that is transforming a seedy area into a place to be. What will be really exciting is when The Yards and the Waterfront parks deliver.


Maxim says: (9/3/08 1:29 AM)
As far as the team goes, the Nationals will get there at some point (you hope). A MIRACLE IS NEEDED

in Montreal 35 years (1969-2004)

The team saw very little success, their most successful season coming in the strike-shortened season of 1994. They had the best record in baseball when the season was cut short, and were regarded by many to have been the team to beat that year.
They are one of four teams to have never played in a World Series, never having officially won a league championship. They won a division championship, and advanced to the National League Championship Series, in their only playoff appearance, which was under the strange circumstances of the 1981 season.


Ray N Rockville says: (9/3/08 10:03 AM)
As far as the team itself goes, it will be interesting to see a time line in 3 years on the progress they've made since the Lerner's took over. This was a pretty pathetic organization when they took over and perhaps the Katsen rhetoric was just a tiny bit optimistic to get us to pay those top prices. Except for the #1 pick this year, who wanted an outrageous contract, they have done pretty good signing picks. Lets hope the team advances like the neighborhood, it is looking good. As a Maryland resident, I sure don't feel any safety issues or precations are needed getting to the ballpark, it seems pretty sterile in that respect all around the park for game trips.


G St says: (9/3/08 11:58 AM)
THIS year everyone is just wide-eyed looking around the new stadium... gosh, look! 5 Guys! Hey, look, a bar! Wow, a playground!

As for the games this year (Wins and Losses) those are secondary.

Next year, however...


BC says: (9/3/08 6:02 PM)
I don't know ...I usually just go to a game every now and then in order to hang out and drink beer. My attendance really does not depend on how well the team is doing. I think that as this area get more filled with residents, the games will be better attended even if the team performance does not improve.

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