Atmosphere

Tailgating at Nationals Park is very simple, thanks to the Nats setting up “The Bullpen” in the empty lot behind the stadium.  The Bullpen features lines of cornhole games, domestic and imported brews, and game day favorites out on the grills before the stadium opens for batting practice.  The Bullpen is a great move by the team as most of the area around the stadium is undeveloped and it takes all of the hassles of bringing your grill to the game out of the equation.  The Bullpen also hosts live concerts, which provides some incredible entertainment for you while you have a drink and a dog.  

Additionally, the Red Porch is another great place to spend pregame.  The Bullpen is located outside and doesn’t provide much shade, so if you are looking to watch some of the earlier games that day or live coverage of golf, the Red Porch is the spot for before, during, or after the game.

To make things even easier, driving isn’t necessary either as the North Yard DC Metro station is located about three blocks from the stadium and connects you to the entire DC Transit Network.  While in DC you can make a full day out of seeing the sights of the nation’s capital and catching an explosive Nationals team at night thanks to the Metro connection.

Traditions

Player Statues

Celebrate Washington’s rich baseball history by checking out the statues of Walter Johnson, Frank Howard, and Josh Gibson as you make your way into the stadium. The statues are located outside the home plate entrance and are a must-see for baseball fans.

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D.C. Baseball Timeline

Make sure to check out the D.C. baseball timeline. The timeline is located near the player statues and does an excellent job of telling the story of baseball in D.C.

The Bullpen

The Bullpen features lines of cornhole games, domestic and imported brews, and game day favorites out on the grills before the stadium opens for batting practice. If you’re looking to get the traditional tailgating experience at Nationals Park, then look no further than The Bullpen.

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Where to tailgate

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