Getting to Nationals Park - Parking and Transit

(I couldn't resist this photo, but it's just gentle ironic fun, not an editorial statement.)
There are 1,325 parking spaces built on the site of the Nationals ballpark, along with numerous nearby parking lots. But the Nationals and city planners consider Metro to be the best and most acceptable method of getting to the stadium, since the Green Line's Navy Yard station is just one block from the stadium's entrance.

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Taking Mass Transit to the Ballpark/Using Metro Parking Lots

Metro has launched a web page with information on bus and rail service to ballgames at Nationals Park, along with information on using the parking lots at Metro subway stations and then riding to the games. They have said that they will run expanded trains and service before and after games.
The Navy Yard Metro station, on the Green line, is the closest to Nationals Park. The station's west entrance, at Half and M streets, SE, is one block north of the stadium. A second station entrance at New Jersey Avenue and M Street, SE, is approximately two blocks from the ballpark's northeast corner. A $20 million renovation project expanded the Navy Yard station's capacity, upgrading it from 5,000 customers an hour to 15,000 passengers an hour, the same number that the Stadium/Armory station next to RFK handles. Upgrades include increasing the number of fare gates and vending machines, adding two elevators, and relocating the station kiosk, fare gates and fare vendors from the mezzanine to the street entrance.
The Waterfront/SEU station, also on the Green line, is approximately 7/10th of a mile away from the ballpark, which is a 10- to 12-minute walk.
The Capitol South station, on the Orange and Blue lines, is approximately 8/10th of a mile away from the ballpark, which is about a 12- to 15-minute walk (scroll down for a map of the best route).
The closest Yellow line station is L'Enfant Plaza, where riders can connect to the Green Line for the trip to the Navy Yard station or to the Orange/Blue lines to go to Capitol South.
The Anacostia station, on the Green line, is approximately 9/10th of a mile away (though walking from there to the ballpark would require a trip by foot across the Douglass Bridge). It is one stop from the Navy Yard station and is the closest station with a parking garage. (See Metro's Daily Parking page for details on all its parking lots.)
The closest Red line station is Union Station, approximately 1.8 miles away. In 2009, the city launched a new Circulator bus line that runs between Union Station and the Navy Yard station entrance at New Jersey and M, with stops at the Eastern Market station plaza and along Eighth Street. The buses run every ten minutes, and have expanded operation hours for ballpark events.
Other Metrobuses that run close to Nationals Park include the 70, P1/P2, and V7/V8/V9.
Walking from Capitol South
As said above, the Capitol South subway station, on the Orange and Blue line, is approximately 8/10 of a mile from the ballpark, which can take as little as 12 minutes for long-legged speedy types, or closer to 15-to-20 minutes for amblers.
At left is the JDLand Suggested Route, using a couple of shortcuts to shave a few feet off the trip. When exiting Capitol South, head south down the hill down First Street. When First Street ends at F Street (at Garfield Park), you will see a staircase--take this to cut over to New Jersey Avenue, where you will find new (if somewhat narrow) sidewalks installed on both sides of the street in summer 2007.
After you pass under the freeway, the first intersection is I Street--turn right, and then almost immediately turn left to continue toward the ballpark on First Street, which is newly widened and has new sidewalks and curbs. This will take you directly to the gates on First Street south of N, or on N Street you can turn right to go to the Center Field Gate.


Isn't New Jersey Avenue Scary?
A lot of people were concerned before Opening Day about the trip along New Jersey Avenue, but plenty of fans have been using the route with no problem. Now, construction at 909 New Jersey in the block between I and K completed, and residents there and at 70/100 I one block away have added to the liveliness of the stretch. And it looks a lot better than it used to (note the new sidewalks in the recent photos):

Looking south on New Jersey from I Street, in April 2006 (left) and in October 2012 (right). At right is the construction site for 909 New Jersey, an apartment building completed in spring 2009.

Looking north on New Jersey from K Street, in August 2005 (left) and April 2014 (right). The 909 New Jersey site is at left, and the Park Chelsea (rear right) is now under construction north of I.

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But note: I do not work for the Nationals, the DC government, or any official organization.
Anyone who sends a message like "I'm a season-ticket holder, where is my parking going to be?" can expect to be ignored,
because I Don't Know.

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