Even more imminent is the Nationals’ exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox this upcoming Friday, when fans will get their first look at the ballpark before things get going in earnest.
But, before the fans and players arrive for the season, the Nats have made a few changes and additions to the now nine years old (yikes!) ballpark, which they showed off to members of the media on Tuesday.
- A “See You Tater” stand with tots, wings, and more (as well as a few more beer options):
See. You. Tater. stand coming to section 106. Several varieties of wings and tots, including "Chesapeake Bay" and BBQ pic.twitter.com/NzDgmd67LT— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
Shawafel stand is gone (replaced by See. You. Tater). For Bud-haters, I'm told there will be a few Miller Lite taps again this year— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- An new location for “On Rye” available to everyone (not just club-level goers), with more sweet treats (!!):
Ice cream sandwiches and push-pops from On Rye, previously only available on the club level, coming to the CF plaza this year pic.twitter.com/LX9ozUZ599— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- A few new alcohol options, including Earned Run Ale from Devil’s Backbone, a Virginia-based craft brewery purchased by Anheuser-Busch, the Nats’ official alcohol provider. The new ale is exclusively found at Nationals Park in a new concessions stand in Section 301, and has a low alcohol content (4.2% ABV).
- Additionally, the Nats will add alcoholic seltzer (SpikedSeltzer) all around the ballpark.
- Bobbleheads, bobbleheads, bobbleheads!
(The Nats will also have Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner bobbleheads this season)
- Other promo-y items will include a fedora, a Magic-8 ball, and more.
- Game of Thrones night will also occur on June 23rd, for those who are wondering (looking at you, Jayson Werth).
In partnership with HBO. Details TBD, but expect music, costumes a la Star Wars Night— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- More college nights and more college caps:
Co-branded caps for the Nats' "College Day" series. Six games, requiring special tickets. Dates TBD pic.twitter.com/k1LhWbo6Lr— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
General ballpark-related additions
- The new sunken seats will be called the MGM National Harbor Dugout Club. There are eight seats, and are only available through MGM, not the Nats.
8 luxury seats, access from a dedicated entrance adjacent to 1B gates. Not on sale to general public. Protective netting will be added— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- The Nats have apparently upped their WiFi connections in the park (thank goodness) and have redone their app (thank goodness?)
Nats doubled the number of Wifi access points at Nats Park during the offseason. Team is launching new Nats MLB Ballpark App on Opening Day— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- The Nats team store will be adding a cap-customization station. New and old caps are eligible.
- This thing, whatever it is.
New for 2017: 'Swing Big Beer Pen' panels next to CF scoreboard pic.twitter.com/MBFGJDFO0O— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) March 28, 2017
- It looks like the Nats still have to make a few changes to the ballpark anyways.
Still some work to do before the opener. pic.twitter.com/aZzYv9sAsT— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) March 28, 2017
A very, very big shoutout to the Washington Post’s Scott Allen, whose vigilant tweeting made this article very easy to write.