When I made my plans to go to Nats Park, I had very little in terms of my expectations. The team is lousy at best most of the time, the stadium is in a run down area of town and to be honest, I was going to see two last place teams (Orioles) "battle it out"

Well let me say this...Nats Park was probably my favorite stadium in the past few years. The place was exceedingly clean, well taken care of and the sound and public address announcer was amazing.

The game was a 12 inning affair of hard faught baseball, with the visiting team pulling out 2 runs in the 12th frame.

I was fortunate to have tickets in the Diamond Club area of the stadium, with the purchase of my ticket I had 35.00 food credit, we chose to eat in the PNC Diamond Club, choosing the "Chefs Table" (a upscale buffet). We had bratwurst, dogs, potato salad, loin of pork, oven baked fried chicken, ribs, pastas, paella, assorted fruits and cheeses - gorgonzolla, stilton, brie, goat cheese...an antipasto station - olives, dried meats, sun roasted tomatos, artichokes.....I think you get the picture...it was amazing....that plus a drink still left me 5.10 cents on my 35 credit......wow!!

my seats were about 40 feet from home plate and while not the roomiest in that lower section that I have experience (so far Citi Field is the best in terms of the sixe of the lower seating) they were comfy and I lasted through the entire game without having to get up and move around to keep limber.

The between inning attractions, highlighted by the 4th inning GEICO Presidents Race were great....The Presidents Ran and this time George won, Abe is in the lead for the season and Tom Jefferson was 3rd, Teddy Roosevelt has yet to win yet....lol

I will be posting pics tomorrow, but I just wanted to report my great time at Nats Park yesterday!!!

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Comment by Miguel Rodriguez on June 7, 2009 at 6:50pm
Visitors locker room was ok in Arizona.
The Dbacks have people in and out the entire off season. So the door was opened you see the no access sign and that was that.

Sarah Palin was at Yankee Stadium today for the game....
Comment by Paul Sanders (15) on June 7, 2009 at 7:42am
I have been to tours in Philly, DC, Yankee, Pitt and Cleveland and none have let me into the locker room yet, but I beleive that is because I have taken the tour on game days or when the team is in town, so they dont let the tours go in for liability reasons and that personal effects of the players are around.
Comment by Miguel Rodriguez on June 7, 2009 at 7:28am
Paul awesome pics on facebook.
It states on the Nats website stadium tours are available when it's a Night game, is this true?
Did you get to go in the locker rooms?
I recall my off season tour of the DBacks stadium Feb 2002 right after the Yanks lost to the DBACKS in the 2001 WS....Tough one for me...
Comment by Paul Sanders (15) on June 6, 2009 at 9:20pm
Well when you have a last place team and the product on the field sucks, you have to do what you can to get fannies in the seats. I on the other hand found the new Yankee Stadium to be underwhelming and I was frankly disapointed as I really aways like OYS.
Comment by Rocky on June 6, 2009 at 8:15pm
I was there the night after you were. I liked the park, but since I had just been to the new Yankee Stadium I was a little underwhelmed. The food was amazing (how can you not enjoy a chili half-smoke) and the sound and stadium were nice...but I was deeply irritated by the plethora of vendors and mascots blocking the view of the game. It was a nice place, but you could tell most of the people were there for the event than for the game.
Comment by Paul Sanders (15) on May 30, 2009 at 5:49am
I haven't gotten a chance to upload my Nationals Park pics to BC yet, but they are up on Facebook.

Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/album.php?aid=265095&id=676445444&ref=nf
Comment by Craig (17) on May 26, 2009 at 11:43pm
Glad to hear you enjoyed Nationals Park! Your ballpark count seems to get higher every week! :)
Comment by Paul Sanders (15) on May 26, 2009 at 5:54pm
i will be there on the 21st. my Mom lives in Virginia and I am taking her for her birthday. i like interleague play so the Nats vs Blue Jays should be great.
Comment by Ken Lee (30/43) on May 26, 2009 at 5:06pm
Hey Paul, I will be there June 20th... current park # 30, #41 overall :)
Comment by Paul Sanders (15) on May 26, 2009 at 12:07pm
when are your going to be in DC....its a great stadium!

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