Hope springs eternal in Washington. It’s the spring, the cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom and memories of the Nationals choking away any divisional playoff series are far from fans’ memories.
To wit: in its 2018 baseball season preview issue, Sports Illustrated predicted the Nats would beat the New York Yankees to win the World Series.
The Nats started their season last week in Cincinnati, but finally host the home opener Thursday against the New York Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.
And we’re here to get you there as quickly and easily as possible. As always, parking can be challenging in the Navy Yard area, so fans are encouraged to use mass transit to get to the ballpark. Here are a few tips, courtesy of the Nats and the District Department of Transportation:
The Union Station-Navy Yard route provides service for all Nats home games, including evening and Sunday games. Service hours will be extended until midnight for evening games (beginning 4:05 pm or later), Monday through Saturday. For Sunday home games, DC Circulator will provide service on to the Union Station-Navy Yard route from 11 am to 9 pm.
The DC Circulator stops at the M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE entrance to the Navy Yard Metrorail Station for a short walk to the ballpark. If any changes to the Nationals’ schedule occur, service will be adjusted as needed and announcements will be posted to the DC Circulator website, Twitter and Facebook.
The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations to the stadium are located at the following:
- 1st and N Streets, SE
- 1st and K Streets, SE
- M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE
- 3rd and Tingey Streets, SE
Capital Bikeshare will be offering unlimited drop offs at the Capital Bikeshare Corral for the home opener at the 1st Street and N Street SE station. The service will begin at 12:05 pm and conclude 30 minutes after the game is over.
There are more than 250 bike racks around the ballpark and Nationals Park offers a free bike valet in Garage C at the corner of N Street, SE and 1st Street, SE.
Very simple—take the Green Line to the Navy Yard Station. The Navy Yard Ballpark exit is half a block away from the centerfield entrance. There are three main transfer stations to the Green Line: Gallery Place/Chinatown, L’Enfant Plaza and Fort Totten.
Orange, Blue and Silver Line customers may take these trains to Eastern Market and transfer to the DC Circulator Navy Yard route for an additional $0.50.
If you want to walk off your pregame cocktails, Orange, Blue and Silver Line customers can walk to Nationals Park from the Capital South Station, a distance of about eight-tenths of a mile.
The following Metrobus routes serve the ballpark: A9 Limited* and V1* (*rush hours only), V4, 74 and P6.
For weekday and evening games, the A9 is a fast and inexpensive ride to the ballpark boarding from McPherson Square NW. This express bus runs every 15 minutes and drops you off minutes away from the ballpark entrance.
Fans who plan to drive to the game are encouraged to carpool and visit the Nationals’ website for information about preferred parking lots. Heavy traffic and delays are to be expected around the ballpark and on busy routes such as I-295, I-695, I-395, and the Southeast/Southwest Freeway.
Construction on the Capitol Crossing Project in the Third Street Tunnel may cause some delays. Drivers can also expect additional parking restrictions to be in place on N Place east of First Street SE due to security concerns.
DDOT is implementing Ballpark Performance Parking meter rates on days with Nationals Park events. The rates will be in effect for the entire day for all days with stadium events. The rates will be $2.30 for the first hour and $8 per hour for each subsequent hour. No surprise here - there will be no restrictions on parking durations because DDOT will make money hand over fist if you decide to stick around for the duration of the game.
The following streets adjacent to the ballpark will be closed three hours before the start of each home game and may remain closed up to three hours after a game ends:
- N Street SE, between Van Street and 1st Street SE
- Half Street SE, between M Street and N Street SE
DDOT is reminding drivers to pay attention to signs, particularly the new no-left-turn restrictions at M Street and First Street SE. On residential streets around the ballpark, parking is reserved for residents only on one side of the street, and limited to two-hour parking for non-residents on the other side of the street. Parking will be enforced and Nationals fans are encouraged to avoid parking in the residential area around the ballpark. Parking will also be enforced on Sundays and holidays.
Taxi and Other For-Hire Services
After the game, a taxi staging area will be designated on the west curb of Cushing Place between L Street and M Street to facilitate taxi flow into the M Street taxi stand. Nationals fans are reminded to pay attention to the wayfinding signs to locate the taxi stands.
DDOT has collaborated with Transportation Network Companies, along with the Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV) to prevent pick-ups and drop-offs on South Capitol Street between the SE/SW Freeway and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge; M Street between 5th Street SE and Delaware Avenue SW; as well as any street closed to all traffic. Rideshare passengers are encouraged to consult TNC apps for more information.
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