|Team: Washington Nationals||Opening Day: March 30, 2008|
|Capacity: 41,888||Dimensions: LF 336 CF 402 RF 335|
|Architect: HOK Sport (Kansas City), Devrouax & Purnell (Washington)||Construction: Clark Construction Group, LLC (Bethesda)|
|Owner: DC Sports Commission||Cost: $610.8 million|
|Ground Breaking: May 4, 2006||Surface: Kentucky bluegrass blend (Princeton 105, Brilliant, Midnight Star)|
Financing: The ballpark was purchased from the sale of bonds. Here is the breakdown:
This ballpark is the cornerstone to the newly developed Anacosta River waterfront entertainment district. The design features a lot of glass, and resembles the convention center. This park is the first LEED Green Certified sports complex in the United States. The US Capitol Building and Washington Monument are visitable from the park. The odd right field jog is inspired by Griffith Stadium, former home of the Washington Senators.
Overall, like everything in life, there was some good and bad about this park. I felt it was a very boring park. Nothing really exciting or new, but it just was. I do like how the design is inspired by I.M. Pei's East Wing of the National Gallery of Art. In fact, I felt that architecturally, it fit in nicely with the rest of the city. I did like the "Red Porch" restaurant and bar in center field (pictured below). It was a probably the best standing room section I have ever seen. Very roomy and great views. This park was a good park to watch a game at, but it didn't blow my socks off.
© 2009-17 Paul Healey.