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Nats Park Reviews

Yup, it's a baseball stadium. A new one, too.

Obviously, the most important review in the history of the world--from an architectural critic who believes the new stadium offers "a great experience but, alas, a lousy building"--was exceedingly negative. Not being an officially licensed critic, here were my thoughts: it looked like a ballpark, but one that was really, really new. Ok, where are the microbrews? But anyhow, here are the thoughts of some lowlife bloggers who all, as far as I can tell, failed to use the word "rapacious."

Capitol Punishment: "Not bad! Definitely a more comfortable (and clean!) place to watch a ballgame. I like the open feel of it. You don't feel like you're stuck in a dirty, filthy concrete donut."

Nats Triple Play: "It was worth every red nickel of the city's $611M, plus however much else our thrifty overlords chipped in."

City Desk Blog: "Depending on the outcome of various land disputes (check out some early CP reporting on the issue), the local contribution to stadium construction is likely to edge into the mid-to-upper 600s, with the total project cost--including contributions from the team, Major League Baseball, and the federal government--likely to end up close to $800 million....Here's the thing: Plenty of people have repeated the $611 million figure, but the Post should know the number isn't right."

Yup, it's a baseball stadium. (By Preston Keres - TWP)

The Peerless: "It does not have the instant charm of a Camden Yards with its distinctive warehouse façade looming in right field, or the scenic panoramas of PNC Park in Pittsburgh or AT&T Park in San Francisco. But this is a ballpark that will age nicely and take its place in the roster of monuments this city has to offer."

Nats Triple Play: "The stadium is beautiful. Just a really wonderful thing. The food is great, the sightlines are beautiful... we can see the capital dome from our section 223 seats. The scoreboard is amazing... I'm just very impressed."

WFY: "The scoreboard is pretty, but not having replays was disappointing....The curly W clock next to the scoreboard is hard to read....I like the park, but I don't know that I can decide if I love it until I see a day game."

Federal Baseball: "After walking through several underdeveloped blocks in the surrounding waterfront area, Nationals Park came into view as we turned around one last corner and came up behind the GIANT scoreboard in right field. (Which is staggeringly big, really big.)"

Nationals Enquirer: Speaking of staggeringly big, Dmitri Young's weight is listed as 220 on the scoreboard.

Nationals Pride: Long food lines, and blind euphoria.

Miss Chatter: "Sweeeeeeeeet!!!"

The Griddle: "It's shiny and new, but I don't really see anything too compelling about it. Certainly no defining visual feature like the Splash Cove at Phone Company Park or the Yellow Bridge at PNC or the Camden Yards Warehouse. There are apparently cherry trees in place, but they hadn't bloomed yet and seem unlikely to make a major impact when they do given the shortness of their flower. No real sense of history at the stadium, despite some superficial efforts to include "Hall of Fame" banner around the main concourse (Why exactly does Nationals Park have a banner for Harmon Killebrew?)"

Nationals Review: "The new stadium looks great, that scoreboard is HUGE. Also, I'm pretty sure HD was invented with baseball fields in mind....That brick wall backstop could lead to some silly bounces. Maybe even right back at the catcher."

Washington D.C. Metblogs: Concessions get a B-, Seating gets an A, Ushers get an A+, Metro gets an A-.

Nats 320: "Those long concession lines continued to clog up concourse and walkways for a second straight night--even in The Stars & Stripes Club. At the start of the third inning--I attempted to walk out of Club Level--to visit a friend in Section 232--not very far away. 10 Minutes later--I finally reached my destination. There was virtually no movement." (The author also had credit card problems at the food lines, and yet was typicall elated, writing "Could this game have ended any better!!")

Nationals Inquisition: "It was a freakishly historic night. The stadium held up to the massive amount of Nats fans. There were little to no problems if you came at the suggested times with the suggested modes of transportation, even with the President showing up for 15 seconds, throwing a pitch, and then leaving. The ceremonies and ass kissings were brief, the Five Guys food was good and expensive ($27 for two burgers, a fry, and a soda), and the game on the field was epic and exciting. Baseball is back."

Capitol Dugout: "To my dismay, there was a smattering of those who emphasized the "O" at that moment. Just knock it off people."

Legend of Cecilio Guante: "This place rocks....Most of all, though, unlike RFK it feels like a ballpark. Two thumbs up." (With lots o' pics)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
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