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It's been a wild day for me, and with my needing to watch election results late into the night for my real job I figure I'd better squeeze in this link roundup now. Most stories cover both the ticket sales this morning (Opening Day sold out in minutes, though there's still plenty of tickets for the other 80 home games this season) and this afternoon's scoreboard unveiling together, so I'm just going to give you the big pile o'links to plow through.
NBC 4 has video of the scoreboard in action, while The Post goes into detail on the difficulties fans had getting into the ticket systems by phone and online. Channel 9's report also included some coverage of traffic and parking issues (plan ahead!). WTOP posted separate stories on the tickets and on the scoreboard. The WashTimes has both video (including the departure from RFK) and photos. You can also see the opening video played on the scoreboard on this YouTube clip (there was talk that the Nats would post it online, but I haven't found it yet). has coverage of the scoreboard and the latest progress at the ballpark, and a separate roundup of ballpark-related items, including confirmation of the longtime rumor that President Bush has been invited to throw out the Opening Day pitch. It also talk about the tours of the ballpark that will be available later in the season, and the family entertainment area known as the Strike Zone in the ground floor of the eastern parking garage that will have pitching and batting cages, a Playstation station, karaoke, and the Build-a-Bear outlet. (There's more on this stuff in the fact sheet handouts from today, which I'll try to get to soon.)
Is that enough for you? :-)
And, of course, there's my photos from the unveiling. And I've also now added more photos from today to my main Stadium Interior Gallery, although alas today's weather wasn't really much better than the last time I was there. (But at least the tarp is gone!) And if you're a fan of the mega panoramas I've been posting, there's three new ones of those, too.
UPDATE: According to Tom Boswell, Nats players are just as obsessively refreshing the Stadium Web Cam as the rest of us, counting the minutes until they get to take the field at their new home (and banish the not-so-great memories of RFK).
UPDATE II: More than 40,000 tickets were sold yesterday, far above the 10,000 sold on the first day of individual ticket sales last year, for RFK.
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I've slapped together a pile of photos from today's ceremonial installation of home plate and the unveiling of the scoreboard--there'll be a ton of media coverage to come as well. I'll still be posting other photos from today in my Ballpark Interior Photo gallery, but that might have to wait a day or two and so hopefully this can tide you over.
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One quick outbound link this morning, to The Post's piece on the scoreboard at Nationals Park, in advance of today's official unveiling.
Plus, here's a few links for recent items that you might have missed in the flurry of posts around here these days:
* I posted new photos of the ballpark exterior, including the Center Field Gate at Half and N. (I'll probably have new interior photos later today, though the weather doesn't look to be that much better than the last time I was inside, on that icky dreary day.)
* Read the damn Ballpark Traffic Management Plan already. And my pages on on-street parking and taking Metro. And the new pages by Metro and the Nationals about getting to the games. (And listen for the radio ads that debuted yesterday urging fans to take Metro.)
* Monument Realty has won a preliminary injunction preventing WMATA from selling the Southeastern Bus Garage to Akridge.
* Watch for announcements of a community meeting about Opening Day on March 12, at the ballpark.
And, a reminder: the parking garages that look so stark in photos from inside the ballpark will have big banners draped on them by Opening Day. So what you see now is not what you're going to see in four weeks.

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