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9 Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game

An action-packed schedule, exclusive ticket discounts, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to one exciting baseball experience in the District.

The Washington Nationals, who have four National League East titles, five postseason appearances and a World Series championship since coming to DC in 2005, are one of the city's main attractions throughout the spring and summer. Fans can watch phenom Juan Soto launch balls over the fence and other exciting players such as first baseman Josh Bell, catcher Keibert Ruiz and veteran slugger Nelson Cruz, as well as fan favorites like Sean Doolittle and Tanner Rainey. The sheer joy of watching pro baseball players compete is a big reason to catch a game, but it’s not the only one.


Discounted tickets are available

Nationals Baseball Park

Washington Nationals

You can purchase tickets to a Nats game for up to 20% off select games when you use the code "VISITDC". This incredible deal lasts through the rest of the season. While at the game, make sure to pay a visit the Nationals Team store to load up on official MLB apparel.


The Nats can slug

Hitters such as Yadiel Hernandez, Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz, Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez and of course, Juan Soto, means you will see plenty of line drives and big flies at Nationals Park this summer. You'll notice the ball carries better and better once the weather warms up in the District.


You can watch one of the greatest young hitters of all-time

No. 22 on the Nationals is one of the most imposing figures in Major League Baseball. Pitchers quake when Juan Soto steps to the plate and outfielders must be ready to run backwards on a ball over their heads. Soto has been a supernova since joining the Nats in the middle of the 2018 season, helping the team to a World Series title in his first full season with the club in 2019. Recently, he joined Mel Ott, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle as the only players in Major League history to record 100 home runs, 300 RBIs, 400 walks and 500 hits before turning 24 years old. Watch a legend in the making this summer.


See young stars emerge

The Nationals will continue to infuse their roster with youth as the team builds back towards contention. Catcher Keibert Ruiz has already made a mark at just 23 years old while 25-year-old centerfielder Victor Robles makes dazzling catches. Of course, there's the 23-year-old Soto as well. Top pitching prospect Josiah Gray shows signs of dominance on the mound at just 24 years old, while 23-year-old Joan Adon continues to develop. The future looks bright at Nationals Park.


An exciting schedule

The Washington Nationals’ schedule delivers top-notch matchups, including home series against top teams like the 2021 World Series champion and division rival Atlanta Braves (June 13-15, July 14-17, Sept. 26-28), the St. Louis Cardinals (July 29-31) and Fernando Tatis and the San Diego Padres (Aug. 12-14). And if you thought the National Mall’s Independence Day fireworks display was something to behold, wait until you see the sparks fly during the Nats' July Fourth matchup against the Miami Marlins.

Note that backpacks and bags that exceed 16"x16"x8"are now prohibited inside Nationals Park. Make sure to read the full Nationals bag policy before heading to the game.


Amazing food

DC is officially a culinary capital, receiving the Michelin Guide treatment each year. We’ll go one better and say Nationals Park is the best ballpark for food in the MLB. Down a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke, DC’s signature take on a hot dog, inhale a burger and shake from Shake Shack or try plenty of other delicious bites. Check out our full guide of where to eat and drink at Nationals Park.


The Racing Presidents

Held in the middle of the fourth inning, the GEICO Presidents Race features a footrace with Mount Rushmore all-stars Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and the oft luckless Teddy Roosevelt.


Kids run the bases for free, Pups in the Park and more promotions

The Nats have a robust promotions schedule featuring exciting events for the whole family. Bring your canine to Pups in the Park, or catch a Sunday regular season home game where kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can run the bases for free. The details: each child must be accompanied by an adult, participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate, the line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First Street starting in the seventh inning.


The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC

Nationals Park was built along the Anacostia River, and is situated within the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. There’s lots to do before and after games in the area, from kayaking at the Ballpark Boathouse to sipping suds from Bluejacket Brewery and vino at District Winery to walking through The Yards Park with two scoops from Ice Cream Jubilee.

Check out other exciting sporting events and outdoor activities in Washington, DC. 

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