Everything you need to know – NBC4 Washington
Whether you’re planning on celebrating Opening Day at Nationals Park or just thinking about catching games later in the season, here’s what to know.
When is opening day 2022?
The opening day is set for Thursday, April 7. Although the Nats’ home opener has typically started earlier in the day in previous years, this year’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. However, there is a good chance of rain this afternoon, so stay tuned, warns Storm Team4.
Who are the Nats playing?
The Nats kick off their season against the New York Mets — who now have former Nats pitcher Max Scherzer on their roster. The Nats and Mets will play four consecutive games at Nats Park, Thursday 7 April (4:05 p.m.); Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9 (both at 7:05 p.m.) and Sunday April 10 (1:35 p.m.)
What can we expect from the Nats this season?
The Nationals enter the 2022 season with the lowest expectations for the team in years. After trading a slew of veterans, including Max Scherzer and Trea Turner last summer, Washington is looking to build a young core around the star outfielder Juan Soto.
Soto is among the favorites to win the National League MVP and will have quality hitters behind him in the new designated hitter Nelson Cruz and first baseman Josh Bell. Having already made Soto one of the richest contract offers in MLB history, the Nats are now hoping to convince him to sign a long-term extension before he joins free agency after the 2024 season. .
Perhaps the biggest question mark for Washington is the ace thrower Stephane Strasbourg, who returns to the mound this season after undergoing separate surgeries each of the past two years. Will Strasbourg and his fellow starting pitcher Patrick Corbin get back in shape while young arms love Josiah Gray continue their development, the Nationals will not be child’s play in a competitive NL East.
One more thing to note: The Nats will debut new cherry blossom-themed jerseys in their first games of the weekend (April 9-10), as part of a collaboration with the Washington Wizards, who will debut their own cherry blossom jerseys next year.
The jerseys are also available to the public and have already set MLB sales records.
What are the COVID-19 protocols at Nats Park in 2022?
According to the Nats website: “The Washington Nationals follows the most recent state and federal guidelines regarding vaccination policies. Anyone entering Nationals Park must comply with these guidelines. Anyone who does not comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave. “
NBC Washington and NBC Sports Washington await further information, if any, from nationals regarding their specific health and safety protocols.
Washington, DC no longer has an indoor or outdoor mask mandate. However, any private company that wishes to require the use of masks by its employees or customers can still do so.
DC health officials said proof of vaccination is no longer required in public places such as restaurants and entertainment venues.
What is the best way to get to Nats Park?
You have many options, including:
Metrorail: If you take the metro, the closest station is Navy Yard-Ballpark on the Green Line, which is just a block from Nats Park. Another option is the Capitol Sud station on the Orange, Blue and Silver lineswhich is a 15 minute walk from the ballpark.
Metrobus & Circulator: Several Metrobus lines serve the region. To see schedules here and a map of all Metrobus routes here. You can also get to the ballpark via DC’s Circulator. The Union Station-Navy Yard route drops off passengers at the M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE entrance to the Navy Yard subway station. Find more information here.
Bike: Do you have your own bike? Nats Park has free valet parking in Garage C, at the corner of N and First SE streets. You will find the access point on First Street, to the left of the vehicle entrance to the garage. Fancy a short-term bike rental? Capital Bike Sharing has four docking stations around Nats Park: 1st and N Streets SE; 1st & K streets SE; 3rd & Tingey street SE, and M Street & New Jersey Avenue SE.
Gondola: The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxi service from Georgetown; Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and National Harbor, Maryland, to Diamond Teague Park Pier, located across from Nationals Park. You can see the route and buy tickets here.
Parking garages: You can pre-purchase passes for covered or uncovered parking online here. Drive-up parking is available on a game-by-game basis and is not available for all games. Note that Nats car parks are now cashless and only accept credit cards. All bundles will open 2.5 hours before the start of each game and close one hour after the end of each game. Tailgating is not permitted in the Nats car parks.
What are some of the promotions and special events this season?
You’ll find plenty of promos throughout the season, starting with Game 2 of the regular season on Friday, April 8. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Stephen Strasburg’s Bobblehead World Series MVP.
The game on Sunday 10 April will include a National Cherry Blossom Festival celebration, and the team is ready to don their special flower-themed uniforms.
Monday, April 18 is Jackie Robinson Day and Black Heritage Day.
Wednesday, April 20 is Military Appreciation Day.
Children’s opening weekend will run from April 23-24, and the first 5,000 fans (aged 12 and under) to attend will score a Juan Soto kids jersey.
Other freebies throughout the season will include Juan “Soto Shuffle” Bobblehead Figures (May 27), Nats children’s bucket hat (July 2-3), and Robot Handmade Nationals Screech Vinyl Figures (Sept. 17-18).
Special event games include Deaf Awareness Day (June 27), cat urday (July 30), Interns night (July 14) and Hispanic Heritage Day (September 16).
What can and can’t you bring to Nats Park?
You can bring:
- clear, factory-sealed or empty plastic water bottles (one per person) not exceeding one litre, juice boxes, insulin containers and baby food)
- single-serving foods, as long as they are contained in one of the bags approved under the bag policy, or carried in your hands so that the food can be safely checked by security
- bags allowed: purses, bags and soft-sided coolers must not exceed 16″x16″x8″
You cannot bring:
- prohibited bags: backpacks (other than backpacks purchased on the day of the event at Nats Park); bags that exceed 16″x16″x8″
- non foldable umbrellas
- brooms, poles, sticks, selfie sticks, tripods or bats (except bats purchased that day at Nats Park; such bats will be tagged and permitted for that day only)
- weapons (including toy guns and water guns), fireworks or other illegal substances
- animals (except service animals)
- beach balls or other inflatable objects
- laser pens and laser pointers
- alcohol not purchased at Nats Park
- skateboards, hoverboards or roller shoes
- self-defense sprays, such as pepper spray or mace