The View From Section 223
One of the things that gave me and my season ticket group the most anxiety in the months leading up to Opening Day at Nationals Park was the question, "Will we like the view from our seats?"
Stan Kasten and the stadium architects repeatedly assured us that the views would be exceptional, unlike anything at RFK Stadium. So we dutifully completed our seat relocation questionnaire, pondering the various seat permutations depicted in that virtual stadium viewer.
My group sits in Section 223, which is closest to the infield of all the sections in the right field mezzanine. We pay $25 a game, and when factoring in the cost of taxes, surcharges, convenience fees and single-game prices, those same seats purchased online would range from $43-48. The way I look at it, the difference is good enough for two bourbons or draft beers -- plus change -- per game!
Arriving at my seat for the first time on Opening Night felt like knocking on the front door of a blind date. Was I bound for disappointment, indifference or love at first sight?
Turns out that Kasten and others were spot on. The views of the playing field are wondrous in all of the sections we visited, and we're especially pleased with Section 223. Looking toward the infield, I'm especially struck by the way the stands cascade above home plate -- truly a splendid sight (contrary to the opinion expressed in this buzzkill article), something I can imagine seeing on a yellowed postcard from 100 years ago. Only great architecture can accomplish such a stirring visual effect.
We actually have a view of the Capitol Dome -- well, at least the half that isn't obscured by one of the outfield parking garages (aka Linda Cropp Towers).
Of course, the people around you can make or break your viewing experience. In that regard, we also got lucky with Section 223: After a quick survey, it seems that most of the seats are held by full season ticket holders -- except perhaps for the unfortunate fellow wearing a Yankees jersey who showed up on Opening Night, only to be immediately bombarded with chants of "YAN-KEES SUCK! YAN-KEES SUCK!" from the Nats fans sitting in front of us. Ahh, the sound of a New Yorker sitting in silence. . . Now I'm really looking forward to Pedro Martinez coming to town (then again, maybe we won't be seeing everyone's favorite beanball artist anytime soon).
Though it's only been one game, I have a great feeling about Section 223. Some questions for Grounds Crew readers:
1) What section do you sit in and what are your favorite things about it?
2) Is there anything you dislike about your section?
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