Red Porch 'Lawn'
What's the story with that grass-filled polygon next to the Red Porch seats in center field? Whereas every other square inch of Nationals Park has been engineered to maximize revenue, this patch of the stadium seems eerily undeveloped.
Is it an afterthought of the expedited "design-build" construction that erected Nationals Park in record-breaking time?
Is it open space that earned Nationals Park its distinction as an eco-friendly stadium?
Is it the future burial ground for Clint and the Nat Pack?
Is it where Screech hibernates in the off-season?
Perhaps at one point the Nationals planned to install seats in the space, but upon inspection, the slope of the surface is at a different angle than the adjacent Red Porch seats, creating an odd viewing angle. So until some proper use is found for the site, we'll be looking at a field full of lumpy mounds of grass.
So Grounds Crew readers, what ideas do you have for that site? Some suggestions I've heard from friends:
1) Install a Plinko or Skeeball system for charity. Home-run balls would land in slots worth various sums of money, which can then be donated to local schools, non-profits, etc.
2) Build a miniaturized version of Mount Rushmore, bearing the countenances of the Racing Presidents.
3) Set up cots for the drunks at the Red Loft.
4) Rope it off and force Phillies Phans to congregate there at all times during games.
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