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Washington Nationals announce 2016 Spring Training schedule

The Washington Nationals announced their 2016 Spring Training schedule this afternoon. It all starts on March 2, 2016, when the Nationals travel to Port Charlotte, Florida to play their first-ever game in the Tampa Bay Rays' Spring home. More info below...

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Winter hasn't even started, but it's not too early to think about Spring... Training. Washington's Nationals announced their Spring Training schedule this afternoon.

The final Grapefruit League season based in Viera, Florida gets underway on March 2, 2016 when the Nats travel to Port Charlotte, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

The next day the home opener in Space Coast Stadium takes place when the Nationals welcome the 2015 NL East Champion New York Mets into their Spring home.

What will likely (assuming the Nationals' share Spring Training home with the Houston Astros is open for business in 2017) be the last game for the Nats at Space Coast Stadium is scheduled for March 28th again the Miami Marlins.

The Mets, Cardinals, Braves, Marlins, Astros, Tigers and Yankees will all visit Viera this Spring as the Nationals and new skipper Dusty Baker try to bounce back from a disappointing 2015 campaign.

You can check out the entire Spring Training schedule below through the link the Nationals sent out on Twitter:

The important information for anyone planning a trip to Space Coast Stadium, Spring Training season packages (which include all 14 home games), will be available beginning on November 30th at 10:00 AM.

Three and six-game packages are available as of January 11th and individual-game tickets for the entire schedule of games are available beginning January 30th at 10:00 AM.

It won't be long now... Okay, we can't lie, there's a long winter ahead, but at least you know when all the action and fun will start all over again...