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 Sliding from Before to After

Do you know what's two weeks from today? The Nationals' first home game of 2012, an exhibition against the Boston Red Sox. And the home opener is a mere three weeks and two days away, when the Nats play the Cincinnati Reds on April 12.
This means a lot of people will be returning to the Near Capitol Ballpark River Yards neighborhood for the first time since last summer, or might even be venturing in for the first time ever thanks to the buzz around the team's potential. So I've created a new page: Visiting Nationals Park, which brings together links and information both about the ballpark itself and what's available and interesting outside the stadium.
It includes a What's New and Notable Since Last Season page, as well as a Google Map showing the nearby food and drink options (both currently open and the ones announced to be on the way). And there's links to my new Anacostia Riverwalk page and Yards Park and Navy Yard pages for people looking for things to do (that don't involve food!) before or after the games.
As for the ballpark itself, there's my map of official and "cash" parking lots, a "Getting There" guide, and of course all of my photos of the stadium's construction and milestones.
I'm sure it'll be updated with more items as Opening Day approaches, but I figured I'd go ahead and get it out there now (especially to help everyone in the media getting ready to write their annual What Is/Isn't Happening Near Nats Park pieces!).
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Jaybird says: (3/21/12 6:14 AM)
Excellent JD, and good timing. This is the breakout year for the Nationals, and an uptick in attendance is expected.

If there is one thing the Nats are not doing for game goers, what would you say it is?

For me, I'd like to see the ushers enforce a policy that other teams have. They hold fans at the top of the steps until a change of batter, or end of inning. Usually this is done only in the bottom and mid sections. But we had a 20 game plan in 2008 in the upper deck and the constant fan movement messed up our view.

Anyway, thanks for the guide.





JD says: (3/21/12 10:09 PM)
Hi Jay--I don't know if I'm really a good judge of what the Nats could be doing for game goers, since I am a more casual attendee and so my standards aren't all that high. I think the biggest issue remains the hit-or-miss levels of service at the concession stands.

But, like I said, I'm not the best one to ask. Maybe some other folks have some ideas?

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