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Nationals Fans Urged to Plan Ahead for Opening Day Thursday, April 5

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Nationals Fans Urged to Plan Ahead for Opening Day Thursday, April 5

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) urges fans to plan ahead and consider public transportation to access Nationals Stadium for Opening Day and all home games.The Nationals season home opener against the New York Mets is Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 1:05 pm.

Nationals fans should allow extra time to reach their destinations. Due to ongoing construction in the area, some roads and sidewalks are closed. Below are transportation options to Nationals Park. For further information on the ballpark, please visit the Washington Nationals website.

DC Circulator

DC Circulator’s Union Station – Navy Yard route provides service for all Nationals home games, including evening and Sunday games. Service hours will be extended until midnight for Nationals evening games (beginning 4:05 pm or later), Monday through Saturday. For Sunday home games, DC Circulator will provide service on to the Union Station- Navy Yard route from 11 am to 9 pm.

The DC Circulator stops at the M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE entrance to the Navy Yard Metrorail Station for a short walk to the ballpark, making it a convenient alternative. If any changes to the Nationals’ schedule occur, service will be adjusted as needed and announcements will be posted to the DC Circulator website, Twitter and Facebook. For more information, visit DC Circulator. 

Capital Bikeshare

The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations to the stadium are located at the following: 

  • 1st and N Streets, SE
  • 1st and K Streets, SE
  • M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • 3rd and Tingey Streets, SE

Capital Bikeshare will be offering unlimited drop offs at the Capital Bikeshare Corral for the Nationals season opener at the 1st Street and N Street, SE, station. The service will begin at 12:05 pm and conclude 30 minutes after the game is over. For additional information on Bikeshare, please visit Capital Bikeshare.

Bike Racks

There are more than 250 bike racks around the ballpark and Nationals Park offers a free bike valet located in Garage C at the corner of N Street, SE and 1st Street, SE.

Metrorail/Metrobuses

Take the Green Line to the Navy Yard Station. The Navy Yard Ballpark exit is half a block away from the ballpark. There are three main transfer stations to the Green Line: Gallery Place/Chinatown, L'Enfant Plaza and Fort Totten. Orange, Blue and Silver Line customers may take these trains to Eastern Market and transfer to the DC Circulator Navy Yard route for an additional $0.50. Alternatively, Orange, Blue and Silver Line customers can walk to Nationals Park from the Capital South Station, a distance of approximately 8/10 of a mile. 

The following Metrobus routes serve the ballpark: A9 Limited* and V1* (*rush hours only), V4, 74 and P6. For weekday and evening games, the A9 is a fast and inexpensive ride to the Ballpark boarding from McPherson Square NW. This Limited-Stop bus runs every 15 minutes and drops you off minutes away from the Ballpark entrance. For more information, visit wmata.

Driving/Parking

Fans who plan to drive to the game are encouraged to carpool and visit the Nationals’ website for information about preferred parking lots. Heavy traffic and delays are to be expected around the ballpark and on busy routes such as I-295, I-695, I-395, and the Southeast/Southwest Freeway. Construction on the Capitol Crossing Project in the Third Street Tunnel may cause some delays. Drivers can also expect additional parking restrictions to be in place on N Place east of First Street, SE, due to security concerns.

DDOT is implementing Ballpark Performance Parking meter rates on days with Nationals Park events. The rates will be in effect for the entire day for all days with stadium events. The rates will be $2.30 for the first hour and $8 per hour for each subsequent hour. There will be no restrictions on parking durations.

The following streets adjacent to the ballpark will be closed three hours before the start of each home game and may remain closed up to three hours after a game ends:

  • N Street SE, between Van Street and 1st Street SE
  • Half Street SE, between M Street and N Street SE

Traffic control personnel will be deployed at all key intersections before and after games to promote safety for all road users and Nationals fans.

Motorists are also reminded to pay close attention to signs, particularly the newly implemented No Left turn restrictions at M Street and First Street, SE. Additionally, on residential streets around the ballpark, parking is reserved for residents only on one side of the street and limited to two-hour parking for non-residents on the other side of the street. Parking will be enforced and Nationals fans are encouraged to avoid parking in the residential area around the Ballpark. Parking will also be enforced on Sundays and holidays.

Taxi and Other For-Hire Services

After the game, a Taxi staging area will be designated on the west curb of Cushing Place between L Street and M Street to facilitate taxi flow into the M Street taxi stand. Nationals fans are reminded to pay attention to the wayfinding signs to locate the taxi stands.  For more information, visit the taxi section of the Washington National’s website. 

DDOT has collaborated with Transportation Network Companies, along with the Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV) to prevent pick-ups and drop-offs on South Capitol Street between the SE/SW freeway and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge; M Street between 5th Street SE and Delaware Avenue SW; as well as any street closed to all traffic.  Rideshare passengers are encouraged to consult TNC apps for more information.   

Traffic control personnel will be deployed at all key intersections before and after games to promote safety for all road users and Nationals fans. 

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