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Guide to the Washington Nationals
Head to Nationals Park to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams.
The Nats' History
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 brand new, state-of-the-art facility in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, in 2008.
The team, constructed by Mike Rizzo, president of baseball operations & general manager, built a strong core of young talent, including first-round draft picks Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper 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.
After securing another division title in 2014, the Nationals continue to pursue a World Series title with new manager Dusty Baker, three-time National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Dusty's first year, the team won its third National League East title in a five-year span behind career years from Daniel Murphy and Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
Nationals Park is located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, one of the District's fastest-growing areas. Easily accessible from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro stop, the Capitol Riverfront provides many options for before and after the game. Yards Park and Canal Park are both outdoor destinations, and each is within walking distance of the Navy Yard stop.
Nats Park is full of family-friendly promotions: Score free food with a kids Family Fun Pack, run the bases or score autographs on Sundays and savor $1 hot dog games
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 Red Porch Restaurant, a full-service restaurant within the stadium. Elsewhere in Nationals Park, diners can enjoy everything from saucy Shake Shack burgers to gourmet sandwiches from G Sandwich Shop and an array of 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, “Teddy” Roosevelt and “Bill” Taft. They are joined by Screech the Eagle, waving the Nationals Curly W flag after victories in an epic display of Natitude.
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.
Tickets & Schedule
Nationals’ games are a hot ticket in DC. The regular season begins at home on April 3 against the Miami Marlins and closes out Oct. 1 when the Pittsburgh Pirates come to Nationals Park. Tickets for individual games can be found on nationals.com. Numerous 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 2017 schedule to find the games that suit you best.
Interested in more DC sports? Check out our guide to the District's sports scene.