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Soak up the Scene at Nationals' Park
Fans entering Nationals Park from the centerfield gate, as many do, will immediately notice one of the stadium’s striking features: The field is 24-feet below street level, so the main concourse is the same height as the sidewalk outside. This means about half of the crowd does not have to climb any stairs to get to their seats, and those that do don’t have far to go.
The field itself has some quirks. It’s just 336 feet down the lines, and those areas are great to snag home runs balls, but juts out to 402 feet in straightaway center. One of the great things about Nationals Park is that a visit shouldn’t break the bank. The average ticket price is about $30, and the Nats sell seats in the top corner of the upper deck in left field for just $5 on the day of the game. Other upper deck seats can be had for $10 ahead of time.
The Nationals have yet to field a winner in DC but there’s plenty to distract fans if things aren’t going well on the field. Fans young and old can test their skills at the Strike Zone area beyond center field, hurling a baseball and checking the radar gun to see if they’ve still got it. Or the nearby Red Loft bar with its outdoor patio might be more their speed.
The most famous distraction comes in the middle of the fourth inning when four mascots dressed as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt race around the base paths. If you’re wagering on the race, here’s a tip: Teddy might have carried a big stick but he can’t run.