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Your Guide to Washington Nationals Baseball
Head to Nationals Park to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams.
The 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals are back in action this spring and summer with an exciting schedule, plenty of home runs and, of course, Racing Presidents.
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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 730 regular season victories since the start of the 2012 season, more than 28 of the 29 other MLB teams. In that span, the Nats have four division titles (as many as the rest of the NL East combined), five Postseason appearances and a 2019 World Series championship, the first in franchise history and the first World Series title for DC since 1924.
Heading into the 2020 season, Rizzo and Co. appear to have another winner on their hands. Reigning World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg opted to stay in Washington, signing a seven-year deal to make him a "National for life." He’ll again team up with three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and two-time All-Star Patrick Corbin atop baseball’s top rotation. Last year, the trio became the first set of teammates to each record 225 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, a powerful lineup will center around 21-year-old wunderkind Juan Soto and electrifying and versatile shortstop Trea Turner. Fans can also cheer on the likes of postseason hero Howie Kendrick, franchise legend Ryan Zimmerman, speedy centerfielder Victor Robles and a colorful cast of supporting characters.
The Nationals have long provided a championship-caliber product and ballpark experience. Now they've got the team to prove it.
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.
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 at Nationals Park on Sept. 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies. 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 2020 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.