A Fans Guide to Nationals Park

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Guide to Nationals Park

The Washington Nationals opened the season as a favorite to win this year’s World Series. They splurged in the offseason, bringing in arguably the best pitcher on the market, Max Scherzer. Not only will Washington boast the best pitching rotation in baseball, but they have a dynamic offense, which makes them an incredibly fun team to watch. This is an extremely nice stadium, trust me, you will want to check out Nationals Park in 2015.

Parking

For a comprehensive guide about parking for Nationals games, follow the table below.

NAME ADDRESS DISTANCE FROM STADIUM PRICES TAILGAITING
LOT W 601 L Street Southeast 15 minute walk Daily Max – $10

Event – $20

YES, grilling ALLOWED
The Yards – Lot H/I 136 N Street Southeast 0.13 miles 1 Hour – $6

2 Hours – $8

3 Hours – $10

24 Hours – $14

Sat-Sun – $5

Yes, but NO grilling
The Yards – Lot N 385 Tingey St SE 0.1 miles 1 Hour – $2

2 Hours – $4

3 Hours – $6

24 Hours – $14

Yes, but NO grilling
The Yards – Lot L 285 Tingey St SE 0.1 miles 1 Hour – $2

2 Hours – $4

3 Hours – $6

24 Hours – $14

Yes, but NO grilling

Police are known to be strict on the no grilling policy, so if you do want to grill, Lot W is where you’ll want to reside.

In the Stadium

Once you are in Nationals Park, there are some quality food and drink places you will want to check out. If you’re looking for peanuts and beer, there is a Baseline Brews at almost every section. There is also the All-Star Bar, located at sections 240 and 318 that have a nice variety of domestic beers, cocktails and wine.

The best French fries can be found at Boardwalk Fries, located at sections 106 and 318. Classic boardwalk fries are a fan favorite of many, and let’s be honest, have you ever met someone who hasn’t liked boardwalk fries?

Like many people who attend sporting events, you’ll want to know where the merchandise stores are. The Nationals Clubhouse Store has two easy to remember locations, the center field gate and home plate gate. The New Era Store has multiple locations throughout the stadium, leaving it almost impossible to not find a merchandise retailer.

If you are bringing young children to the game, the Kids Zone/Family picnic area is out near the right field gate. This will give the child an opportunity to go run around and have some fun, but give the parents a couple minutes away from the child. Win for everyone right?

The Washington Nationals also do great job of having photographers both outside and inside the stadium to take photos of people coming to the game. For a fee, you can get the photo printed and sent to you as a keepsake of your day in Washington. The technology savvy can also screenshot the photo from the internet, but the watermark will remain on the photo.

The Nationals are going to be one of the most fun teams to watch this season. A loaded pitching staff, a dynamic offense and a beautiful stadium is more than what a fan can ask for, right? This is a stadium that you definitely want to see as the surrounding area does a great job to complement Nationals Park.

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Renovations Affecting Fans at Wrigley Field

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How do you cover up unfinished bleachers on Opening Night? The answer is simple, you throw the coolest tarp ever over them to pay tribute to your franchise’s greatest player. How do you modernize one of the oldest ballparks in baseball while still retaining its charm? That answer is proving far more complicated.

The first, most noticeable part of the Wrigley renovation is the 3,990-square-foot video board above the left field bleachers. For the first time in its history Wrigley Field fans will get to see replays, detailed stats and other extras that just are not possible on the hand-operated scoreboard in center field. The Video board was already put to good use on Opening Night when the Cubs paid tribute to Ernie Banks with a three-minute video.

Unfortunately most of the other renovations are not going quite so smoothly. The Cubs had three bathrooms closed on Opening Night due to the renovations, leaving fans to wait in line for more than 30 minutes. The Cubs added 70 portable toilets for Tuesday’s rained-out tilt game against the Cardinals, giving them the same number of toilets as they had at the end of 2014. Between the added toilets and decreased attendance for non-Opening Night games, inordinately long waits should not be an issue going forward. The closed bathrooms should be re-opened by late May. The left field bleachers will be ready by May 11 and the right-field bleachers should be done by mid-June.

Altogether the Wrigley renovation project is expected to take five years, though the most invasive work for fans will be done once the bleachers are ready.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV Schedule and Full Card

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The biggest news to come out of the boxing world in a decade was that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would finally get into the ring with Manny Pacquiao to decide once and for all who the top boxer of this generation is. Fans from around the world will be trying to get tickets to see the massive fight live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But if you are not one of the 16,000 lucky fans to snag a ticket to the match of the century, there is still the opportunity to catch the fight. Here is our guide to everything you need to know about watching Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

Who is on the Card?

While the focus of the match will undoubtedly be on the fight of the century, glossing over the fights on the undercard would be a mistake. There are 3 fights on the undercard, but the Pay Per View special will only broadcast two of them.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gamalier Rodriguez

Lomanchenko is one of the rising stars in the boxing world and the 27 year old Phenom will be putting his WBO Featherweight title on the line against Rodriguez. Lomanchenko is a two time Olympic gold medal winner and is no stranger to the big stage. His opponent, Rodriguez has a deadly strike and has already accounted for 17 knockouts in his career. While the fight won’t come close to comparing to Mayweather and Pacquiao in terms of hype, it is a title fight between two of the rising names in professional boxing and should end up being incredibly entertaining.

Jesse Hart vs. Mike Jimenez

The Hart vs. Jimenez bout will feature two undefeated fighters, with the winner taking home the USBA Super Middleweight title. Jesse Hart is the odds on favorite, winning by knockout in 13 of
his previous 16 fights. At 6 foot 2 inches, Hart is a long fighter who simply overpowers his opponents. He will easily be the biggest opponent the Jimenez has faced and a victory over Hart would put Hollywood Jimenez in positition to fight for a world title in the near future. At the very minimum this fight offers fans the opportunity to see one of the most talented young stars in boxing in Jesse Hart, a fighter that could be the biggest name on the card in the near future.

Pay Per View Information

Schedule: May 2nd, 8:00 pm CST
Price: $89.95, $99.95 for HD

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will be the most expensive PPV boxing match of all time. Fans looking to see the fight in standard definition will pay $89.95 and about $10 more to receive the fight in High Definitiion. The previous most expensive PPV boxing match took place in 2013 between Mayweather and Canelo Alverez. That fight cost $74.95 to stream in HD. Fans on the east coast will likely be staying up late to see the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout, as the fight will likely not kickoff until close to 11 pm ET.

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