Head to Nationals Park to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams.
The Washington Nationals, 2019 World Series Champions, are back in action this 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.
The team, constructed by Mike Rizzo, president of baseball operations and general manager, built a strong core of young talent, including first-round draft picks Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. By 2012, the franchise had secured its first division championship. It was the first time the District had experienced postseason baseball since the 1933 Washington Senators advanced to the World Series.
Since then, the Nationals have won division titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and won the 2019 World Series title under manager Dave Martinez. The Nationals have some of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball, including back-to-back NL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, the electric Stephen Strasburg, as well as star infielders Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner.
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 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.
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 gourmet sandwiches from G Sandwich Shop and an array of dumplings. Check out this 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.
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.