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Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard

Initially, most attendees seemed a bit shocked by the concession prices at Nationals Park. (I know that I can get five bottles of vitamin water for $5 at Safeway, but I get only one bottle for $5 at Nats Park.) However, I do believe the prices are comparable to other "high-end" sports venues.

To combat high prices and shrinking wallet, my husband and I tend to bring our dinner with us as the season progresses and we grow tired of the same old ballpark food. While we enjoy the treat of a ballpark dog and soft pretzel every now and again, we find more variety in our own kitchen--say a bratwurst and homemade sweet potato fries.

I recommend purchasing a soft-sided cooler from your local home store. Our cooler, which we purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond, has a great shoulder strap that can be worn across the body, it folds nicely for the trip home when the contents are depleted and it keeps cool items cool and hot items hot.

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard  |  April 9, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  | Category:  Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard
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Nats had a soft cooler giveaway each of the 1st 3 seasons. they are pretty nice -

not sure if a cooler giveaway is on the schedule this year.

Posted by: nats coolers | April 9, 2008 3:13 PM

No cooler on the Nationals' "Promotion Schedule." I will rush to eBay to sell you mine. . . .

I have been critical of lots of the Nats' thinking so far, but I commend them for allowing food to be brought into the Park. Forbidding outside food would seem foreign in a baseball park, but

so does the designated hitter.

Posted by: 241 Scott | April 9, 2008 3:24 PM

Too bad bringing in food for the private suites isn't an option. The catering deparment is clearly not ready for prime time, having held off on confirming orders til the afternoons before a game - and even then it's left up to chance if your order is right, and even delivered to the correct suite. Get with the program, Centerplate!

Posted by: jackson | April 9, 2008 3:24 PM

I totally agree. I realized last year (my first 20-game plan) that after going to so many games, the food just didn't appeal to me as much as it did when I was a 6-single-tickets per year person. I brought my own water and maybe got a hot dog or nachos now and then.
Although I don't normally bring my own food, I'm very grateful it's an option for people.

Posted by: Stantun | April 9, 2008 11:01 PM

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