Best Seats for Washington Nationals
Nationals Park

Best View Best Value Families Social Scene Impressing Guests Getting a Ball Autographs Unique Seats

Nationals Park General Information

Nationals Park Attendance
Average: 25,500 since 2008 (61% full)
Capacity: 41,888

Washington Nationals Ticket Availability:
With the recent on-field success of the Nationals, tickets are getting harder to come by. There will be seats available directly through the Nationals, but a good selection of the best seats will be found on secondary markets, including reputable sites such as TicketNetwork and Ticket Liquidator. The Nationals are among the teams that price their tickets differently, depending on day of the week and opponent. Secondary brokers prices fluctuate on market conditions, and often times sell tickets for below face value.

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Due to the popularity of the Nationals these days, parking lots are starting to sell out on a regular basis around the ballpark. For this reason, it is recommended that you BUY YOUR PARKING IN ADVANCE ONLINE at one of the nearby private lots.

Reselling Tickets ("scalping"):
Reselling tickets is prohibited in the District of Columbia

Best View at Nationals Park

Infield Club Sections 209-218:
These offer an elevated view - similar to that of announcers - which allows you to see first if the outfielder is going to make the play. They also come with padded seats and access to the Stars & Stripes Club, an indoor climate-controlled area behind these sections with upscale concessions and restrooms. Expect to pay $50-$75 for these seats, depending on opponent and day.

Dugout Box 114-118 and 127-131:
Great, close to the action view from directly behind the dugouts. Surprisingly, these seats can be found for as little as $50, but expect to pay more for a lower row closer to the field.

Baseline Box Sections 111-113 & 132-134:
A slightly cheaper alternative to the Dugout Box seats listed above (these go for around $40), these are just past the dugouts into the outfield. These are also good sections to get autographs before the game, or get great actions shots with your camera - especially lower rows.

Nationals Park Seating View from Section 213

Nationals Park Section 213 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Best Value Seating for Nationals games

Nationals' games are priced pretty fairly, considering their run of recent success and the great stadium experience. Among the better offerings:

Outfield Reserved 101-106 (Left Field):
You can often find these seats in the $15 range online. You are on field level and not all that far from home plate. You are also near the visitors bullpen, so you can heckle (or cheer for) those guys. You are also in prime home run landing territory. These seats are preferred over the Right Field Outfield Reserved sections because most of those sections are tucked under the 2nd deck which, while providing good sun protection for a day game, leaves me feeling claustrophobic.

For under $20, you can get seats behind home plate, albeit on the 3rd level. The view from up here is not too high, so if you prefer to be closer to most of the action, these would be your choice over the first level outfield seats. Sections 311-316 are the preferable sections up here, as they those directly around home plate.

Infield Gallery 316 - good value

Nationals Park Section 316 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Best Seats for Families at Nationals Park

Nationals Park was built with children and families in mind. From the wide stroller-friendly concourses, to the family bathrooms, and the games area in Center Field, there is plenty here to make this a pleasant day at the ballpark for a family.

Outfield Reserved 101-107 and 138-143:
Sections 101-107 sit in leftfield, in full sun for day games, while Sections 138-143 are largely shaded. Above, I mentioned that the upper deck hanging over sections 138-143 may make some feel claustrophobic, but it will also protect young children (and adults) from heat and sunburn making the experience more enjoyable. All of these sections are near the Strike Zone and Jungle Gym play areas for children, near the Center Field gate. Sections 101-102 and 138-139 are near the bullpens, so this may provide a welcome distraction for children as well. Additionally, the Nationals sell tickets for these sections under the "Family Fun Pack", which will include your ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a water or soda, for $27-$32. Seats can also be purchased without the food items, for as little as $12 online.

For about $20, the Nationals offer the "Family Fun Pack" for Right Field Terrace seats. Because these are highest level seats far from home plate, and a few levels from the play areas, I personally don't recommend them. I know from experience that my children, despite loving baseball, usually want to return to the play areas around the 5th or 6th inning - so I prefer sections that provide relatively easy access to those areas.

Nationals Park Section 140 - mixture of shade and sun

Nationals Park Section 140 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Best Seats for the Social Scene

Scoreboard Pavilion 237-243:
The game is secondary out here. Maybe not so much as in the Wrigley Field or old Tiger Stadium bleachers, but as the Nationals keep winning and the crowds keep growing (and the identity gets set), it is not hard to imagine this area becoming that way. Especially when the Nationals are offering "Miller Lite Party Night" tickets for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday games which gets you a ticket in this area and a voucher for a beer (or water or soda). They also have pre-game music and games going on at the Scoreboard Walk Bar, located right by these seats. The only drawback is that you can't see the scoreboard (without turning around, that is), but then again, you probably weren't going to pay attention to the game that closely anyway out here.

Scoreboard Pavilion Section 243

Nationals Park Section 243 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Best Seats to Impress Guests

Lexus Presidents Club Sections A-E:
In addition to large, padded seats in the first few rows directly behind home plate, you also get in-seat food and beverage service featuring included draft beer, house wine, a gourmet buffet, and access to the exclusive and swank Lexus Presidents Club. These seats also grant access to the PNC Diamond Club and Stars and Stripes Club, but the Presidents Club is the best of them, and the only one offering a view into the Nationals indoor batting cage. Although these tickets will run $300-$500, if you get a chance to do it, you should.

PNC Diamond Seats 119-126:
Located right behind the Lexus Presidents Club Seats, these still offer a spectacular view of the game and access to the PNC Diamond Lounge and the Stars and Stripes Club, as well as in-seat dining and beverage service and included beer and wine. These come at about half the price of the Presidents Club seats.

PNC Diamond Section 120 at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Section 120 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Best Seats for Catching Baseballs

Outfield Reserved Sections 101-107 or 138-143:
If you want to get a ball at a Nationals game, the best time to do it is in batting practice, when many balls are getting hit into the stands. The best advice is to get there when gates open; all gates open 90 minutes before game time. Note that teams often do not take batting practice before day games. You'll want to stake out a spot in Outfield Reserved Sections 101-107 or 138-143. You do not need a ticket for these sections to be here before the game, but do be respectful of those that do. Personally, I prefer the left field sections 101-107 simply because these sections are not covered by an upper deck, which is going to catch a few balls - so your chances are improved. Your chances are also improved if you are a fan of the visiting team and near sections 101-103, as the visitors' bullpen is here and they may just toss up a ball to you.

Note that if you are the first to arrive, there may already be balls in the seats from earlier batting practice - so as you approach these sections, you may want to keep an eye out for them (and one eye on the hitter!).

Best Seats for Autographs

Sections 110-114 (visitors) or 132-134 (Nationals):
The key to getting an autograph at a big league game is to be there early. All gates open 90 minutes before the game, so get there on time to maximize your chances. You'll want to be near Sections 110-114 for visitors autographs and near 130-134 to try to get Nationals autographs, although the tarp and camera wells may get in the way around 130 and 131.

Also note that on Sundays, the Nationals promote "Signature Sundays", where a few Nationals players will sign autographs by the dugout for 20 minutes. You'll want to line up early near their dugout on the 1st base side, and follow all usher's instructions.

Get near section 114 early to get autographs!

Nationals Park Section 114 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Unique Seats at Nationals Park

CF Reserved 100:
This is "the red section" at Nationals Park - the only section with red seats. This section sits in Left Center Field, right next to the visitors' bullpen, and in front of the Red Porch restaurant. Although there are better views within the ballpark, this is a good place to catch some rays, and maybe even a homerun ball!

View from the red seats - Section 100

Nationals Park Section 100 view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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