Full Disclosure: I haven’t been to Nationals Park since Recreation 5 of the 2019 World Series, October twenty seventh of that 12 months — or— that’s not correct, really, it’s been since Winterfest that 12 months, which was held in the ballpark. With parks empty for many of 2020’s COVID marketing campaign and the persevering with risk from the pandemic driving most interplay with the media on-line the final two years, we haven’t been capable of justify the expense of touring to cowl the staff in individual when a lot is finished on-line (and since there’s no price range, per se, for journey and protecting video games in individual), however except Nationals Park has taken a severe flip for the worse in the time since our final journey, we’ve a tough time agreeing with the place the membership’s house ended up, as No. 7 on the Moneywise list of the worst ballparks in the majors. Seventh-worst?
Photograph by Invoice O’Leary/The Washington Publish through Getty Photos
Right here’s what the Moneywise people who put the record collectively needed to say about Nationals Park (with apologies for rewarding folks for making slideshow/lists):
“The Nationals received a brand new house in 2008, however the relatively sterile stadium — meant to resemble a nationwide monument — lacks character. When the park opened, you can see the U.S. Capitol from most seats, however new growth has blocked these views.
“The meals can appear common, and followers ought to brace for lengthy traces at safety and the concessions.
“On Yelp, some reviewers complain about bored, disinterested followers on enterprise outings who chatter away throughout the video games and spoil the expertise for others.”
So, sure, all of us have complained or heard others complain about the parking tons blocking the view of the Capitol from some (however not all) seats, and the “sterile” and “lacks character” complaints are acquainted, as is the discuss of the company/political guests to the park missing the enthusiasm of your common fan, so nothing notably new right here, and, surprisingly, there’s no point out of followers leaving early to catch the final Metro trains house, in order that’s a optimistic I suppose.
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And possibly it’s that our final expertise at the park was for World Sequence video games, the place, except for the end result, it was an ideal expertise of a full, engaged fan base cheering on the membership, and the indisputable fact that we’re typically in the press field, versus the stands which is enjoying a job in our disagreeing with their rating of Nationals Park as the 7th worst ballpark in the majors, however what do you assume?
The one parks worse than Nationals Park on the record: 6. Angels Stadium; 5. Marlins Park; 4. Chase Discipline; 3. Assured Fee Discipline; 2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum; 1. Tropicana Discipline.
For the file, we’ve/I’ve solely been to Nationals Park, OPACY, Fenway, Citi Discipline, and Yankee Stadium, as a fan and a media member/reporter in these circumstances, in addition to Stade Olympique in Montreal again in the Expos days, so it’s arduous to essentially choose how Nats Park compares to all of the different huge league ballparks, however what do you make of the rankings?
Additionally, are you able to inform we’re uninterested in no signings or rumors and determined for content material? Sorry. We’ll attempt tougher tomorrow…
[ed. note – “Do us a favor? Don’t tell Patrick that the worst stadium list is from this past July and somehow ended up back in our (and others’) Twitter feed(s) this past weekend. He was just so happy to have something to write about and we didn’t have the heart to tell him, thanks.”]