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While I spend the weekend running around trying to figure out how to be in six dozen places at once, I'll leave up this entry with what you might need to know if you're going to Nationals Park:
* Are you taking Metro? Read this. (Getting off at Capitol South? Use the JDLand.com Suggested Route.)
* Are you driving? Learn about traffic restrictions, flow, and other important information.
* Are you driving, and have a parking space reserved? Find the route the Nats want you to take to your lot.
* Are you driving, but don't have a space? Read about the free Nats Express shuttle service from RFK.
* Are you driving, and thinking you'll just "find some spot on the street"? Good luck with that. And bring the number for DPW with you, so you can find out how to retrieve your towed car.
* Are you biking? Read about the bike racks and bike valet.
* Are you walking? You win! Best option!
* Are you wondering what festivities will greet you when you get there? Here's Saturday's lineup, and Sunday's.
* Are you wondering what there will be to eat, or where to find other facilities? Look at this interactive map.
* Are you wondering about the rules and regulations and all other important pieces of information about the ballpark? Read the new official A to Z Guide.
* Remember what your mother taught you, that patience is a virtue.
If you're not going to either of the games, you can still watch them: Saturday's is on MASN at 6 pm, and Sunday's is on ESPN at 8 pm. And watch out for intermittent closures of the Douglass Bridge and South Capitol Street on Sunday night between 7:30 and 9:30.
And....
In the midst of the excitement, I'd like to just take a moment to make sure that stadium-goers and other curious folks wandering through here get a feel for what we've witnessed over the past two years while this ballpark has gone up, as a small reminder of exactly what has happened on South Capitol Street since April 2006.
If you pass through the Center Field Gate, think of this:
If you look toward the ballpark at South Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue, think of this:
If you come down South Capitol to N Street, think of this:
If you want to see more, here's the photos I took of the ballpark footprint and perimeter before demolition started in April, 2006, including some that haven't been posted until now. (The Ballpark Before-and-After gallery pairs many of these photos with how things look now, with links to see all the photos between the Before and the After.) If you want to see photos from other locations throughout Near Southeast, use the Photo Browser to pick spots on the map.
And a most sincere thank you to everyone who's written me over the past few days with such kind words about this little project that has turned into such a monster. It's in some ways a very bittersweet weekend for me, because the ballpark's opening means that this totally unexpected chapter in my life is coming to a close. JDLand isn't going anywhere, but the rest of the ride won't ever quite have the rush of the past few years. Then again, I may actually get some sleep.
Feel free to post what you see and experience (good or bad) in the comments.
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Robin says: (3/28/08 4:56 PM)
yeah, i win! i'm walking on sunday.

thank you SOOOOO much for all the work you've put into this site. i hope you some rest now, it's very much deserved!


Doug Cashell says: (3/28/08 5:25 PM)
But for the brief blip while the Construction Gestapo kept you from taking pictures, even of the exterior, the coverage on this site has been OUTSTANDING !!
As a Nats' fan-in-exile (Lubbock, TX), all I can say is THANKS!! Let's bring'em home a winner Sunday nite.


Jason says: (3/28/08 5:34 PM)
Majors kudos from a long-time reader, JD. You've provided a real community resource- an honest information clearinghouse on development in Near SE, with a relentless commitment to photographing the changes in the area. Many thanks.


Mike J. says: (3/28/08 8:20 PM)
Hi JD:

I just wanted to let you know that your site has been one of my most visited web addresses over the past year. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the hard work, dedication and fantastic photography you've put into the building of the stadium. It's appreciated by more people than you know. Keep on keepin' on!!


Scott says: (3/28/08 9:13 PM)
JD ... Brava, Brava, Brava! An exciting day for everyone here in JDLand. And of course it all starts right here at your site. See at the stadium! By the way, when you come back down to earth, WDW landscaping "temporary lots" and blacktopping edges of Canal Park?


JD says: (3/28/08 10:45 PM)
Thanks, everyone. Scott, there's actually an easy answer: the materials used for the temporary lots are covered by last summer's new zoning regulations, and what's going on on the Canal Park blocks isn't. (Kind of ironic, given the big stink that went up when everyone insisted that the inadvertently-included Canal Park squares be removed from that zoning order!) :)



washcycle says: (3/28/08 11:02 PM)
I'm sorry to disagree, but biking is THE BEST OPTION for going to the game.


Nick says: (3/29/08 10:48 AM)
As a transplant from Cincinnati working and living on the Hill, I have found your website as the best source of information in all of DC. I haven't been this excited for the start of baseball since the opening of Great American Ballpark in 2003. Keep up the great work.


Michael says: (3/29/08 11:43 PM)
You've worked so hard, and for free. Is there some way we can take up a collection to buy JD a pair of really good tickets to a Nats game, or something else to show our appreciation?

Email me at mperkins (at) engineer.com if you know how to set this up.

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