Guide to Nationals home opener against Mets

Huge crowds of fans gather at the gates to Nationals Park for opening day in April 2018. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Huge crowds of fans gather at the gates to Nationals Park for opening day Thursday. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler) (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Crowds for opening day at Nationals Park are massive Thursday. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Crowds for opening day at Nationals Park are massive Thursday. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler) (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Throngs of Nationals fans gather at the gates to Nats Park. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Throngs of Nationals fans gather at the gates to Nats Park. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler) (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Workers prepare the field at Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Workers prepare the field at Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Cherry blossoms bloom outside Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the Nats' home opener against the New York Mets. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Cherry blossoms bloom outside Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the Nats’ home opener against the New York Mets. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
The field at Nationals Park looks pristine ahead of Thursday's home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
The field at Nationals Park looks pristine ahead of Thursday’s home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
(1/6)
Huge crowds of fans gather at the gates to Nationals Park for opening day in April 2018. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Crowds for opening day at Nationals Park are massive Thursday. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Throngs of Nationals fans gather at the gates to Nats Park. (WTOP/Julia Ziegler)
Workers prepare the field at Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Cherry blossoms bloom outside Nationals Park Thursday ahead of the Nats' home opener against the New York Mets. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
The field at Nationals Park looks pristine ahead of Thursday's home opener. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

WASHINGTON — Batter up.

The Washington Nationals (4-2) take on the New York Mets (4-1) Thursday for the Nats’ home opener.

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Deputy Blaine Gaskill, the St. Mary’s County, Maryland, school resource officer who confronted the shooter at Great Mills High School on March 20.

Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nats, facing off against Mets rival Jacob deGrom.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting to the game and having a ball.

Getting there

Gates open at 11 a.m., and the team said all fans should enter through the gates closest to their seats to avoid a traffic jam at the Center Field Gate.

You can get to Nats Park by Metro, bike, bus, even boat, and there are changes to parking, traffic and ride sharing near the park. The Nationals’ website has a section on the various ways to get there.

Tickets

A few grandstand seats for sections 401 and 402 will go on sale for $15 at the main box office at 11 a.m. — one per customer, and each customer has to be there. A few more tickets may be released. The team said to check the Nationals website.

Parking

Parking options at Nats Park start at $20, the team said; you can reserve a spot in advance.

Street parking rates in the area will be $2.30 for the first hour, and $8 for each additional hour. There is no restriction on how long drivers can park at those spaces where the additional hours are $8.

Weather


Thursday will be dry, unseasonably cool and breezy but at least it will be sunny.

Temperatures will be in the mid-50s.

Beer

It wouldn’t be baseball without a little bit of flowing gold, provided you’re over 21. And there are new options for beer lovers this year at Nationals Park.

  • New 25 oz. craft beer can: $16.
  • 25 oz. Budweiser products: $12.
  • 16 oz. draft beer: $9
  • Budweiser Happy Hour
    Budweiser Terrace has happy hour specials before every Nationals home game which feature $5 16 oz. cans of Budweiser and Bud Light. Happy hour lasts from the time the park gates open to 35 minutes before first pitch.

Virginia-based Aslin Beer Co. has also just opened a beer garden outside of Nationals Park.

Pregame fun

The first 25,000 fans to enter the ballpark will get a 2018 schedule T-shirt from GEICO.

Entertainment before the game will come from DJ Flexx, Jeff From Accounting and DJ Stylus Chris. The Family Picnic Area will feature caricature artists, face painters and balloon twisters.

WTOP’s Rick Massimo contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up