WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Nats organization says its number one goal is to make sure each fan has a memorable experience. While food is a big part of that, making things convenient is also a big plus when it comes to fans enjoying themselves.
Season ticket holders can use their Ultimate Ballpark Access Card card to pay for virtually anything in the park and earn reward points along the way. The Wi-Fi network is being upgraded, which is great news because getting a cell signal in the park can be difficult, especially when there is a full house.
There are new suite options. The Silver Slugger suite holds 50 guests, and rents for $10,000 a game. If that's a bit high for you, how about a single game ticket on the Jefferson Suite level for $135?
Ballpark favorites of hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks as well as the local standards of Ben's Chili Bowl, Hard Times and Shake Shack are all back at Nationals Park this season. But there are some new additions if you're heading to the game as well:
- Mike Isabella's "G" is located behind Section 136.
- Field of Greens, a vegetarian concession stand, is behind Section 113.
- South Capitol Sushi is behind Section 129.
- Intentional Wok has a variety of noodle dishes and is behind Section 233.
- Chesapeake Crab Company is behind Section 114 with homemade crab cakes and crab balls made fresh each day.
- Bullpen Burrito will have custom made burritos, bowls and salads behind Section 140.
- Kettle Corn will be popping behind Section 108.
We have a photo gallery of some of those new food options here: http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/gallery/6972425/photos-new-food-at-nationals-park/
Also, think about tweeting us your pictures if you head to the game Friday. Please use #NatsOn9 and our Twitter handle @wusa9. Your photo could end up in our Nationals photo gallery on wusa9.com!
It should be a fine day for baseball, providing that the Nats don't need to go into extra innings. However, you don't want to ruin your trip to the park with a lengthy stop at security. Here's what you can bring:
- Bags, but nothing larger than 16 by 16 by eight inches (all bags are subject to inspection).
- An umbrella if it collapses down and can fit inside a bag under that size limit.
- 1 bottle of water that is in a factory-sealed, clear plastic bottle.
You can not bring in alcohol or coolers.
The first pitch is at 1:05 p.m. You can watch it here on WUSA9.
WUSA 9 is showing 20 Nationals games this season. We have a couple of Saturday games this month: April 19th against the Cardinals and April 26th against the Padres.
In May, we'll bring you the Dodgers, Reds and Marlins on the 7th, 21st and 26th. On June 4th it's the Phillies, on the 7th the Padres, then the Cardinals on the 13th and 15th. In July, you get the Cubs on the 4th, then a Beltway Series game against the Orioles on the 10th. There will be back-to-back games against the Brewers July 19th and 20th, then the Marlins on the 30th. Our schedule ends in August with the Phillies on the 2nd, the Mets on the 7th, the Pirates on the 16th and then the Mariners on the 29th.
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You can see the alternate channels for regular programming here: http://www.wusa9.com/story/entertainment/television/programs/2014/04/03/alternate-channels-fios-comcast-cox-cbs-soaps-dr-phil/7272365/
The Nationals principle owner, Mark Lerner, stopped by during WUSA9 News at 6 a.m. His team fell short of expectations last year after making the playoffs in 2012. But fans and many baseball insiders believe the Nats could make a run into the post-season this year. Lerner addressed those predictions: http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7293225/excitement-and-expectations-for-2014/
NATS HOME OPENER VIDEOS:
Inside the kitchen at Nats Park -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7292879/inside-the-kitchen-at-nats-park/
WUSA 9 is ready for the Nats home opener -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7292733/wusa-9-is-ready-for-the-nats-home-opener/
Using baseball to create better citizens -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7292809/using-baseball-to-create-better-citizens/
How to get to Nationals Park -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7292805/how-to-get-to-nationals-park-instead-of-driving/
Nats academy can be life-changing -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7292801/the-inside-pitch-nats-academy-can-be-life-changing/
Excitement and expectations for the Nats for 2014 -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7293225/excitement-and-expectations-for-2014/
Muriel Bowser stops by Nats Park -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7293223/muriel-bowser-stops-by-nats-park-before-home-opener/
Teddy and Screech are fired up for the home opener -- http://www.wusa9.com/media/cinematic/video/7294937/teddy-and-screech-are-fired-up-for-nats-home-opener/