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Your Guide to Washington Nationals Baseball
Head to Nationals Park to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams.
The Washington Nationals, champions of the National League East in 2016 and 2017, are back in action this spring and summer with an exciting schedule, plenty of home runs and, of course, Racing Presidents.
The History of the Washington Nationals
After a 33-year absence, Major League Baseball in Washington was revived with the arrival of the Nationals in 2005. The Nats played their first three seasons at RFK Stadium before moving into Nationals Park, a state-of-the-art facility in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, in 2008.
The team, constructed by Mike Rizzo, president of baseball operations and general manager, built a strong core of young talent, including first-round draft picks Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon. By 2012, the franchise had secured its first division championship. It was the first time the District had experienced postseason baseball since the 1933 Washington Senators advanced to the World Series.
Since then, the Nationals have won division titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and look to pursue a World Series title under manager Dave Martinez. The Nationals have some of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, the electric Stephen Strasburg, as well as star infielders Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner and 20-year-old sensation Juan Soto.
The Nationals Experience
Nationals Park is located on the bustling Capitol Riverfront, one of the District's fastest-growing areas. Easily accessible from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro stop on the Green Line, the neighborhood provides many dining options for before and after the game. The Yards Park and Canal Park are both outdoor destinations, and each is within walking distance of the Navy Yard stop.
When it comes to food, the stadium is one-of-a-kind. Enjoy a legendary chili dog from Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington institution or watch the game comfortably from the Budweiser Brew House, a full-service restaurant within the stadium. Elsewhere in Nationals Park, diners can enjoy everything from saucy Shake Shack burgers to dumplings. Check out our full guide of where to eat and drink in the park.
Don’t forget to catch the GEICO Presidents Race, which takes place during the fourth inning of every game, featuring oversized likenesses of “George” Washington, "Tom" Jefferson, “Abe” Lincoln and “Teddy” Roosevelt. They are joined by Screech the Eagle, waving the Nationals Curly W flag after victories in an epic display of Natitude.
Note that backpacks and bags that exceed 16"x16"x8"are now prohibited inside Nationals Park. Make sure to read the full Nationals bag policy before heading to the game.
Nationals Park is also the first major professional stadium to be LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, using numerous sustainable elements to provide the most environmentally conscious experience.
Nationals Tickets, Exclusive Discounts & Schedule
Washington Nationals games are a hot ticket in DC, so make sure to score your exclusive discount and save big today. Just go to the Nationals single game tickets page, select the game you wish to attend and enter the promotional code VISITDC to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams in action.
The regular season begins on the road on March 28 against the New York Mets and closes out Sept. 29 against the Cleveland Indians. Tickets for individual games can be found on nationals.com. Numerous ticket packages are also available, and make sure to check the site and the team's Twitter feed for special in-season promotions. View the full 2019 Washington Nationals schedule to find the games that suit you best.
Interested in more DC sports? Check out our guide to the District's sports scene.