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Getting to the Nats game

Mark Berman

The Washington Nationals are back in town and taking on the New York Mets in a three-day series beginning Monday.

The first pitch for Monday's game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and Wednesday's for 12:35 p.m. (which means that South Capitol Street traffic will really be tortuous as we head into the p.m. commute). On Friday, the Nationals begin a three-game series with the Florida Marlins. Game times against the Fish are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 pm. Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Here's some advice on getting to and from the ballpark.

Expect heavy traffic on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and around M and South Capitol streets, where the park is. (But don't forget, the District is suspending enforcement of parking meters, residential parking and rush-hour lane restrictions for the holiday Monday.)

The Green Line's Navy Yard Station, closest to the park, also will be very crowded, as will the transfer stations at L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. After the game, be prepared for a long line to get back into the station at Half Street.

These six Metrobus routes stop near the stadium: 70, P1, P2, V, V8 and V9. The District's red, black and silver Circulator bus stops just outside the New Jersey Avenue entrance to the Metro station and runs every 10 minutes between Union Station and Navy Yard Station.

Nationals Park has a free bike valet in Red Garage C at N and First streets SE. Access to the valet is on N Street just left of the entrance. The valet will accept bikes two hours before game time and will close an hour after the last inning. There also are many bike racks around the stadium.

You can also avoid much of the hassle by walking. Take the Blue or Orange Line to Capitol South Station, then walk down New Jersey Avenue. (It is downhill from the station to the stadium.)

By Mark Berman  | September 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Driving, Events  
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