Archive: Brooke Family

For a Clearer View, Bring Some Windex

From Tom: Our seats are seven rows back from the rail in the upper 300 section gallery level at Nats Park. To be clear, it's not really a "rail" at the front of the section, but a Plexiglas or tempered glass barrier that keeps fans from dropping drinks, food, souvenirs,...

By Brooke Family | June 10, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

A 'Long Lunch' at the Ballpark

From Tom: Yes, I am a creature of habit and a bit of a baseball purist. I like to stay in or near my seat the entire game and keep score. I really don't care about the in-game entertainment or other "cute" stuff, but I understand its value -- especially...

By Brooke Family | June 6, 2008; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (9)

Rain Delay Report

We skipped the game on Tuesday night, handing our tickets over to our mailman, who wears a red DC cap as he makes his rounds through the neighborhood. Here's hoping he brought his rain gear! I did get this report from a buddy who normally sits in the upper deck:...

By Brooke Family | June 4, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Can You Hear It Now?

From Tom: The scoreboard operator seems to have started watching the games. The lineups are correct most of the time and the pitch count usually matches the pitcher on the mound. (I do wish they'd list action on past at bats consistently as the game progresses, however.) So now I...

By Brooke Family | May 28, 2008; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Shifting Finish Line

From Tom: Has anyone else noticed that the finish line for the Presidents Race keeps moving deeper into the outfield? On opening night, Screech and the Geico Gecko waved the checkered flag at or around home plate, just as they had at RFK. By the third or fourth home game,...

By Brooke Family | May 26, 2008; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Down in Front!

NatsPark features a gentle slope or angle in the seating areas. Attacks of vertigo due to a steep set of stairs to and from seats are less likely than at many other major sporting arenas. On the other hand, fans walking up and down those nicely spaced steps block the...

By Brooke Family | May 2, 2008; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (9)

Scoreboard Is Much Improved

Wow, what an improvement! Okay, now I'm impressed. I'd like to think that because Nationals management reads this blog, the powers that be realized that the Monster high definition scoreboard was failing to live up to its potential. Or maybe they just figured out some of the features of the...

By Brooke Family | May 1, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Search of Better Transportation

From Carol: We are still in search of the best way to get to the new stadium. On Saturday night, we decided to try parking at RFK and taking the free shuttle. As we approached RFK, we were surprised to find a long line of cars waiting to park. Guess...

By Brooke Family | April 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Metro Headaches

From Carol: What's the best way to get to the new stadium? We've been told to take Metro. We've heard rumors about expensive, difficult-to-find, remote parking lots that ought to be avoided. So on Wednesday night my family tried Metro again. Picture this - my husband with a toddler in...

By Brooke Family | April 25, 2008; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (15)

Scoreboard Follies

The huge and bright new scoreboard ranks as one of the major attractions at Nationals Park. The graphics, color and contrast add to the game experience. It's definitely an upgrade from RFK's dated and distant scoreboard. Sadly, as previously reported, the operator(s) do not appear to have been part of...

By Brooke Family | April 15, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Family Restroom Experience

From Carol: The first thing I noticed when we arrived at the stadium via the Centerfield entrance yesterday was a lengthy line for the "family restroom" off to the right. At least 10 families were waiting for their turn. For those of you who don't know -- and I didn't...

By Brooke Family | April 14, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

ISO Cherry Trees

From Tom: This evening I plan to make a point of looking for the Cherry Tree display that is supposed to be a signature element for Nationals Park. I must admit that in three visits to the stadium, I still have not seen them. My seatmates told me that the...

By Brooke Family | April 9, 2008; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Tasty Tenders

On Monday night my 18-month-old daughter and I shared a serving of chicken tenders from the Grand Slam Grill behind section 318 on the Gallery level. I am not usually a fan of the typical leathery, overly-breaded, tasteless ballpark chicken tender, but I needed to order something that my kid...

By Brooke Family | April 8, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slow Scoreboard

From Tom: The Braves batted four men in the first, yet the scoreboard list of hitters on the left side of the display never advanced: the first hitter's name, Kelly Johnson, continued to be highlighted. My fellow scorecard keepers in Second 314 also noted that the list of hitters does...

By Brooke Family | March 30, 2008; 08:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jam Packed

From Tom: The President just arrived at the first base side garage. The sidewalks are jammed with tens of thousands of people. Patrons are barely dribbling in through the gates to the stadium. Home plate gate particularly packed, and it took me 25 minutes to get through one of the...

By Brooke Family | March 30, 2008; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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