Metro closures causing headaches for Nationals fans

It's not just the game that's a challenge -- public transportation will be too.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - With the first pitch scheduled after 8 p.m. and Metro closing before midnight due to SafeTrack maintenance, a lot of fans may not like their options.

How about a National's game five playoff prediction from Nat's fan Jamil Miller

“Chaos,” he said.

Not chaos on the field, but outside in the streets thanks to a curve ball from Metro. Thousands of fans won't be able to rely on a ride home from the rail system, which is closing early due to SafeTrack maintenance. 

The last train that fans can catch from Navy Yard that will allow riders to connect to all other stations is scheduled to leave at 11:39 p.m.

Game five might still be going on.

“That’s really going to inconvenience a lot of people,” one fan said. “I guess they have to do it.”

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And fans might have to find another option like the Metro Circulator, which will continue running, or bike share racks near the ballpark.

But the inconvenience may be too much for this young fan base, said Nats fan and Metro rider Dave Stephenson.

The fan base here in Washington is tremendous, but its fragile,” he said. “It’s new.”

Daria Steigman, a D.C. business owner and Nats fan, tweeted to WUSA9 that she sold her tickets because of the closure.

Miller insisted that Metro should make exceptions for major event nights. He recalled how they used to for late night Redskins games, among others.

“Metro would stay open until 12. Then you'd have certain instances where Caps playoffs games would run over or Wizards or Bullets would run over,” he said.

A few other options: there should be plenty of cabs to hail outside the ballpark, plus Uber or Lyft, which will have designated pick up locations outside.

If you decide to drive, you'll almost certainly be paying to park.

Metered spots are limited, and be careful, there are plenty of tow away zones.

Street parking is mostly reserved for residents and those off-street parking lot spots are filling up.

There are third party parking apps and websites like PARKING PANDA, SpotHero and ParkWhiz, that help you locate and reserve parking in nearby private commercial lots. But by the looks of it, most of those are already sold out.

A WMATA spokesperson told our news partners at The Washington Post that they’re not budging.

“Not sure how one says no to tens of thousands of Susan G. Koman participants and Marines but yes to baseball fans — to say nothing of regular riders, who have not gotten any ‘exceptions’ from the hardships of SafeTrack. Clearly, the system is not yet back to a state of good repair and that must be everyone’s singular focus.”


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