Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ballpark Preview

Through pure luck, Mr. 14th & You scored free tix to tonight's game from a club-level season ticket holder in his office. The first game in Nationals Park was great and made all the better by the 3 to 0 win over the Orioles.

There were a few operational ballpark kinks that may or may not be worked out my tomorrow evening. The ushering and concession staffs are a little, er, inexperienced. (It took about an inning and change to get dinner.) We also saw the DC Fie Department report to one smoking griddle on the club level. But the paint is dry, most of the signage is in place, and the important stuff -- escalators, bathrooms, elevators -- are all working. I think that the official opening day should get rave reviews.

Our one bit of advice to Metro riders would be to walk to the Navy Yard Metro entrance furthest from the park's main gate; there were far fewer people waiting on line there to get down the escalators. Also, Greenbelt-bound passengers do not gain advantage from boarding at Waterfront or L'Enfant Plaza as most of the cars are already full when the trains pull into those stations.


Anonymous said...

The final score was 3-2 (not 3-0).

Mr. 14th & You said...

This was Saturday's game, anonymous--the exhibition game against the Orioles, not last night's opener against the Braves.