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12/16/09 5:23 PM EST

Nationals cut cost of some tickets

Prices for individual games, economy parking lots announced

The Nationals on Wednesday announced individual ticket prices for the 2010 season at Nationals Park.

Individual tickets will still be available for as low as $5 on game day. Fans will also have new economy parking options just blocks from Nationals Park, making it easier and less expensive for fans to include a trip to Nationals Park in their summer plans.

For the second straight year, all game ticket prices in each seating area have decreased or will remain frozen. Prices on over 3,000 seats will be reduced through the creation of the Outfield Reserved area (101 through 107 and 138 through 143) with all tickets cut to $24, and Lower Right Field Terrace seats (Sections 222 through 236) cut from $20 to $17.

The ballclub has designated 12 games during the 2010 season as value games, up from five in 2009, in which single-game ticket buyers will have the opportunity to purchase seats at the price offered to partial-plan holders.

At least one value game will be offered each month of the season, and the slate includes matchups against the Phillies, Braves and Astros. The team will also offer 15 prime games, down from 18 the previous year, including Opening Day on April 5 vs. the Phillies, and contests vs. the Dodgers, Orioles and Mets.

The Nats Express and parking at RFK concluded after the 2009 season, but new and closer economy parking options are available for the 2010 season. Premium parking will remain the same, but fans choosing to drive to the ballpark may now park in Lot HH, on South Capitol Street SW for $5 per car, or Lot W, on M Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets SE, for $10 per car.

Each of those lots has been discounted from 2009 prices of $10 and $15 respectively. Complete information on Nationals parking plans and all the ways to get to Nationals Park may be found at nationals.com/waytogo.

"The Nationals recognize the fan experience begins the moment fans leave their homes to come to the ballpark, and that there is a need for affordable parking options close to Nationals Park," team president Stan Kasten said.

"Over the past two seasons, there has been a decrease in the use of RFK parking lots and the Nats Express. We feel our fans deserve economy parking near the ballpark, which will reduce travel time and enhance the overall fan experience at Nationals games. We believe it will be easier than ever to get to Nationals Park and that the new parking options will please those fans who prefer to drive."

The 2010 season-ticket packages are on sale and include tickets to the April 3 exhibition game vs. the Red Sox at 50 percent off the listed season-ticket price.

Excellent season-ticket locations are available throughout the ballpark. Fans can secure their seats online or by calling (202) 675-NATS(6287), Option No. 1.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.