What’s new at Nationals Park this year? New giveaways, bobbleheads, food for this season

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals’ season ended in a disappointing Game 5 playoff loss to the Chicago Cubs on Oct. 12, 2017. Since then, however, the Nationals Park staff has been busy getting ready for the 2018 season.

The Nats open the season on the road on Friday, March 30, in Cincinnati, before returning for the home opener on April 5 against the New York Mets.

Take a look through these photos to see some of the new giveaways, theme nights and items available for purchase at the team shop in 2018.

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Some giveaways include socks for Star Wars Night and new bobblehead figurines. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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One of the improvements since the end of the 2017 season in October is a new play area for kids in the outfield. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Workers are putting the finishing touches on signage at Nats Park, just 10 days before the home opener vs. the New York Mets. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Nats theme nights will span the decades from the 1960s to the 2000s. Get your costumes ready! (WTOP/Kristi King)
Valerie Camillo, the Nats’ chief revenue and marketing officer, explains the nuance of a special Max Scherzer-themed giveaway. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
One new item at the team shop is a $500 remote-control beer cooler. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Adult-style juice boxes will be filled-to-order for patrons at Nats Park. Flavors include blueberry mojito and electric lemonade. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Chicken souvlaki from the Street Skewers stand. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
Keftedes are Greek-style meatballs, available from the Street Skewers stand. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
Sandwiches from the Old Hickory BBQ are on sale near section 301 this year. They made their debut in the Norfolk Southern Club last year. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
A smoked hot-link sandwich. This year, the hot dogs at Nats Park will come from Nathan’s, made famous in Coney Island. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
The Nationals renovated the entire playing surface in the offseason. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
A ball’s-eye view of  the Nats Park infield excavation. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
An aerial view of the playing field as it was being renovated over the winter. (Courtesy Washington Nationals)
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WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

Dan Friedell

Dan Friedell is a digital writer for WTOP. He came to the D.C. area in 2007 to work as digital editor for USATODAY.com, and since then has worked for a number of local and national news organizations.

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