Night Lights Keep Things Bright

Scott Watson

Anyone who has driven by the new stadium or watched the continuing news coverage of it knows that Nats Park is still a construction zone, surrounded by multiple construction zones. "Road Closed" or "Construction Zone" signs appear on almost every street for nine or 10 blocks east of South Capitol Street.

(By Scott Watson)

If that makes you nervous and is keeping you away, think again.

The District of Columbia and the Nationals have strategically placed "night lights" in nearby construction zones, taking pains to illuminate any likely walkways in the vicinity of the stadium. These high-intensity lights may not replace the sun, but they'll do in a pinch. As someone keen on hiding his appearance whenever possible -- you've seen my photo -- I found them too bright.

But I'm pretty sure that all the nighttime patrons walking the convenient paths from the stadium to the RFK Express found them comforting. Between the lights, the Nats' employees and the foot patrol officers from D.C.'s Finest, I think the construction zones seemed pretty unthreatening to even the most timid suburbanites.

I'll update you later in the month when I escort my 84-year-old mother down those streets on our way to see the Nats vanquish the Cubs.

By Scott Watson  |  April 7, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  | Category:  Scott Watson
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Posted by: Mom | April 8, 2008 8:01 AM

Parking Advisory to All:

I just got back from the game (cut out early to avoid frostbite) and I want to share something very important with everyone.

Please be very, very cautious about using Parking Lot W (700 M St.) if you park near the stadium. It's one of the new lots that just opened up for single game parking -- and it's a violence crime just waiting to happen.

I parked there tonight and it was smooth sailing going in during the daylight hours. But as I walked back to my car at around 9:45 p.m., I was scared for my life. There are no cops around from 400 M to 700 M, the last three blocks of the walk back to the lot.

None, folks. Absolutely none.

The lighting is also dim for the last three blocks -- and because the lot is new -- there was no one around going back to the lot with me. I was on my own.

To make matters worse, when you get to the lot, there is just one attendant way over in the corner. And the lighting on the lot is very, very dim.

I don't scare easily but I was scared tonight. If the Nats don't rectify this situation -- and soon -- I fear we will be reading about this problem in the Metro section before long.

I love the fact that the Nats have opened up some single game parking. But you can't lead people into what could easily become a mugging zone.

I plan to bring this to the Nats attention in the AM -- but if any team execs read this, feel free to reach me at I would be happy to share my experience to help solve the situation.


Posted by: swanni | April 8, 2008 8:04 AM

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