Head to Nationals Park to experience exciting MLB action.
The 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals are in action every 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.
Upon assuming the job in 2009, general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo didn’t set out to win a few games; he set out to build a winning culture that brought competitive baseball to DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood every spring, summer and fall, year in and year out.
The Nationals have been one of the most successful franchises in baseball since 2012. In that span, the Nats have four division titles, five Postseason appearances and a 2019 World Series championship, the first in franchise history and the first World Series title for DC since 1924. Catch a game and cheer on the up-and-coming stars looking to ignite the next World Series run in the nation's capital.
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.
Nats Park is full of family-friendly promotions: Kids can run the bases on Sundays and join the Jr. Nats Kids Club. There are also special giveaways and autograph opportunities for kids on Sundays.
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.
Make sure to gear up in your Nationals apparel, including championship-themed caps, jerseys and shirseys, at one of the Nationals Team Store locations.
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.
Make sure to check out more things to do in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood, before or after the game.