Worth the Price?

Rachel Gibson

In Nationals Journal yesterday (4/1), commenter SA_Town asked if the $20 food voucher that comes with the Red Porch club level is worth it.

In my whole, ahem, two days of experience I would say the food may not be worth it (yet) but the views and the comfortable seats might be.

As I understand it, the Red Porch section is divided in two; the lower level seats closest to the field are Centerfield Club and don't come with the voucher. The upper level seats (Centerfield Lounge) are more expensive and come with a $20 food voucher from Red Porch restaurant.

Is the food voucher worth the extra $20 you pay for the ticket?

Maybe they're still tweaking the Red Porch menu, but last Saturday it really wasn't. My friend Diego paid $11 for a hamburger that looked pretty good, but it was, you know, a hamburger. The rest of the menu included hot dogs, frenchfries and caesar salad. There may have been more but it must not have been that great if I can't remember. My point: I think you can get much better food in the concourses for $20 bucks.

On the other hand, the seats are nice. The ushers let me and my brother sit there for a spell while we ate a Half Smoke and watched batting practice (we had to promise to leave soon and clean up after ourselves). The seats are cushioned and have a great little pouch under the seat for your gear, seat backs are high, tables are on either side of you, there's tons of leg room, elbow room and breathing room. And the view of the field is spectacular. I'd almost say the seats themselves are more worth the extra price than the food voucher itself. For now anyway.

I haven't tried the Red Loft bar yet, but it looks awesome. Here's what Michael had to say about it.

By Rachel Gibson  |  April 2, 2008; 7:22 AM ET  | Category:  Rachel Gibson
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I think we're all in for an extended period of "sticker shock" at Nats Park. We've been coasting on a discounted product (appropriately discounted, seeing as how it was RFK). We could get $5 seats any time we wanted, $15 let you sit in the upper deck overlooking D' MeatHook at First, and sodas, beer and popcorn were all below league average. WELL below league average, I think.

This new joint is not discounted anywhere.

I've already got buyer's regret about opting for my seats; $22 to see L. Milledge's ass seems a bit . . . steep. Unless you're into that kinda thing.

I think time will ease my pain, though. If the product on the field is exciting and promising, and the stadium employees keep those smiles planted on their faces, I'll probably not only get used to the "premium" prices, but come to accept them happily.

Posted by: 241 Scott | April 2, 2008 8:34 AM

I think we should grin and bear the stadium prices for this year. Hopefully next season we will have some restaurant/bar choices opening up around the stadium that we can enjoy for half the price of stadium food. I'm looking forward to $3 beer specials steps away from the stadium.

Posted by: GoNats | April 2, 2008 8:59 AM

What a great time to talk about the all you can eat trend and all that the label includes. I think at most the offer is endless hot dogs, soda and popcorn--three great food items that I wouldn't necessarily want to eat non-stop at a game.

Posted by: Kyra | April 2, 2008 12:53 PM

Thanks for the review. Treating my parents to the Centerfield Club for the "Grays v Grays" game in May. Can't wait - watched a few innings of opening night from the Red Porch. It's really fun back there, going to get packed this summer.

And the price for the Club seats is around what I pay for a half decent (upper level) Wizards ticket. So I think the Club once or twice a season isn't unreasonable.

Posted by: Kev | April 2, 2008 1:38 PM

"$20 bucks"??? Seriously, how did you get your job at The Post. You essentially wrote "20 dollars bucks".

Posted by: Editor??? Hello??? | April 3, 2008 10:06 AM

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