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8 Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Game

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Strikeouts, ticket discounts, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to one exciting sports experience.

The Washington Nationals, champions of the National League East in 2016, return to action with their Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on April 3. Throughout the spring and summer, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner will look to propel the Nats toward their first World Series title. Baseball is a big reason to catch a game, but it’s not the only one. 

1 Exclusive Discounts
Exclusive Discounts Washington Nationals

Get an exclusive discount and save up to 17% on Washington Nationals tickets. Just go to and use promotional code VISITDC to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams.

2 Strikeouts for Days

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The Nationals have some of the most exciting pitchers in Major League Baseball, including 2016 NL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, who struck out 284 batters last season. Add in the electric Stephen Strasburg, and you’ve got one of the best one-two punches in the game. 

3 Amazing Food

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Bon Appétit named DC as the Restaurant City of the Year in 2016, but we’ll go one better and say Nationals Park is the best ballpark for food in the MLB. Fill up on Greek-inspired eats at Kapnos at the Park from chef Mike Isabella; down a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke, DC’s signature take on a hot dog; inhale a burger and shake from Shake Shack; or try Taste of the Majors for food inspiration from other MLB teams. Check out our full guide of where to eat at Nats Park.

4 The Racing Presidents
The Racing Presidents Washington Nationals

Held in the middle of the fourth inning, the Presidents Race features a footrace with Mount Rushmore all-stars Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt, as well as presidents Taft and Hoover. 


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5 Kids Run the Bases for Free After Sunday Games
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Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can run the bases after Sunday regular season home games for free. The details: Each kid must be accompanied by an adult, participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate, the line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First Street starting in the seventh inning. 

6 Capitol Riverfront

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Nationals Park was built along the Anacostia River, and is situated within Capitol Riverfront. There’s lots to do before and after games in the neighborhood, from kayaking at the Ballpark Boathouse to sipping suds from Bluejacket Brewery and walking through The Yards Park with two scoops from Ice Cream Jubilee. This neighborhood is hot!

7 Fancy Hair

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Former MVP Bryce Harper might be best known for his big bat, which he regularly uses to crush homers into Capitol Riverfront. But the outfielder is also known for his loud, stylish hairstyles. Sure, he’ll be wearing a hat most of the game, but there’s a chance you’ll glimpse something you can have your barber try on you.

8 They’re the Division Champs

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Best of all, the Washington Nationals are one of the most exciting baseball teams in the game. If you catch a Beltway series against the Baltimore Orioles, a rivalry game against the Philadelphia Phillies or any other team in the MLB, you’re guaranteed one amazing baseball outing.

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