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Nationals Ballpark Quick Facts
Quick Facts
Design: Nationals Park will be located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol, along the fast-developing waterfront district adjacent to the Navy Yard. The new park not only redefines modern sports facility architecture but also serves as the catalyst and cornerstone of a new mixed-use waterfront district in our nation’s capital. The exterior façade of the 41,222 seat venue features an innovative design of steel, glass and pre-cast concrete to create a facility that uniquely reflects the architecture of Washington, DC. The concourses and seating decks are configured to create a variety of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own identity and viewing experience. As fans traverse the Ballpark’s vertical circulation ramps throughout the various levels of the facility, they will witness panoramic views of the waterfront, Navy Yard, the surrounding city and landmarks such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

Cutting-Edge Game Presentation and Fan Experience: Nationals Park will be equipped with state-of-the-art video and audio technology, including a 4,500 square foot high-definition scoreboard, as well as over 600 linear feet of LED ribbon board along the inner bowl fascia. In addition, the new ballpark will feature a variety of entertainment and fan-interactive alternatives to ensure a compelling and engaging game entertainment experience.

Green Design: Nationals Park will strive to become the first major stadium in the Unitd States accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ certified ballpark. The new ballpark will pay particular attention to issues affecting the health of the Anacostia River, such as stormwater management and minimization of water pollution.

Open Date: During the 2008 season

Cost: Agreed to spend as much as $611 million

Design By: The joint venture team of HOK/Devrouax-Purnell Architects was picked to design the stadium


Site Plan Comparison
1. Nationals Park’s asymmetrical playing field geometry is intended to create more exciting plays compared to the symmetrical field of RFK.
2. Nationals Park’s orientation affords wonderful views of the Capitol, Washington Monument and Washington, DC.
3. The new ballpark is the redevelopment catalyst for much of the Southeast area.
4. Nationals Park is much more transparent on the main concourse which allows views into the playing field at selected locations due to concessions and restrooms located on the outer walls of the venue.
5. Access into and from Nationals Park is from all sides.
6. The sunken field at Nationals Park allows easier access to field-level seating.

Nationals Park vs. RFK Stadium
Total Capacity
41,222 46,000
Field Dimensions
Left Field 336 ftLeft Field 335 ft
Left Center 377 ftLeft Center 380 ft
Center Field 403 ftCenter Field 410 ft
Right Center 370 ftRight Center 380 ft
Right Field 335 ftRight Field 335 ft
Average Concourse Width
Main Level 40 ftMain Level 19 ft
Club Level 26 ftMezzanine Level 20 ft
Upper Level 30 ftUpper Level 15 ft
Concessions – point of sale
Restaurants (square footage)
4 Clubs 64,200 sfDiamond Club 8,900 sf
Nationals Park vs. RFK Stadium
Legroom between rows
33" to 42"26"
Disabled Seats
Vertical Transportation
Escalators 8Escalators 0
Elevators 7Elevators 1
Permanent Ticket Windows
Team Stores
3 stores1 store
Scoreboard Dimensions
4,532 sf1,376 sf