Understandably, this might come off as a rant from a guy who has never and will never drive to the ballpark. It's a shorter trip on metro than my commute to work, even. And I understand that "drive to a Metro station and ride in" isn't going to work for a lot of fans. But the Nationals seem to have plenty of parking, or area for parking development which is what makes it so maddening that there is a gigantic parking structure right over the left field stands. The stands there are short, as if to leave one to gaze upon the modest yet iconic DC skyline beyond- Except you get an excellent view of a parking garage.
And it's not to finally find a corporate suitor to give us "General Dynamics Stadium" or whatever. And it doesn't have anything to do with making the run numbers go up or down, which are just fine. It has to do with those s[tupid] g[oshdarn] parking garages in left and center field.
Any photo of the view of Nationals Park from behind home plate will reveal the two parking garages as the most prominent buildings in the immediate Washington DC skyline. For the fans on TV, the utility of these structures is at best masked by large billboards showing the DC Sports Hall of Fame, team logos, and whatever other nonsense. For the fans at the ballpark, it doesn't take long to understand that Nationals Park is LEED Certified and DC has a rich athletic history. And that cars always need a place to live, even if it blocks what should be one of the best views of the city in the city.
Can't we get rid of them? One of them? Would be it difficult to rebuild them on one of the other parcels of land not immediately facing the city skyline? Could we not find more creative ways to use less parking, and prioritize it for fans for need it compared to preferring it?
It it unlikely that this would bother any of the fans outside of the district itself- Obstructive as they are for fans enjoying the atmosphere of the game, they certainly don't impact play on the field. They simply sit there and look ugly, and only when the camera happens to catch them, perhaps when an Ian Desmond bomb is sailing toward a 2008 BMW when it could be heading for the Washington Monument. But would regular attendees of the games weigh in on me, drivers and non-drivers alike? There are other sports venues it's necessary for myself to drive to, so I understand the need, but every time I walk past that stupid half-empty parking garage with its bit silver baseballs like a gaudy bracelet, sitting there all "but I'm a ballpark-themed parking garage, you see," I grit some of the enamel off my teeth.