Friday marks the sixth year that the Nationals will open the gates at Nats Park to the more than 40,000 fans that will descend on the park for the home opener, but did you know that you can tour the park during the regular season? Well you can, and it’s a very informative and worthwhile tour.
Our tour guide, Bob, who is a hill resident, met our group on a chilly Saturday in March at the center field gate. As we make our way from the statues in centerfield through the concourse to the club seats, it’s clear he knows all there is to know about the park, the players–past and present–and the game of baseball.
Highlights of the tour are undoubtedly Shirley Povich’s scorecard from Game 5 of the 1956 World Series in which Yankee pitcher Don Larsen pitched a perfect game, as well as a chance to throw a pitch in the bullpen. But better than my highlights are your own highlights when you take a tour of the park!
Tours, which cost $15 per person and benefit the Nationals Dream Foundation, are available now through November. Game day tours begin at 10:30 am. Non-game day tours are subject to availability. Visit Nationals.com, call the Ballpark Tours line at 202.640.7369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about tours.
The tour, which lasts one hour and 30 minutes, takes visitors around the concourse, where they can spy the Washington Monument from first base side of the stadium, up to the Shirley Povich Media Center and down to visiting team clubhouse and the Nationals dugout.
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