Ideas to improve the Nationals Park experience

The Red Porch at Nationals ParkThis morning, Steven over at the Fire Jim Bowden blog posted his ideas for improving the fan experience at Nationals Park. Some of the ideas may not be practical, but I hope Stan Kasten takes it seriously. Some of the no-brainers include allowing fans to watch batting practice, and calling off the security guards when a fan throws back an opposing team’s home run. And yes, I’d like to know what happened to that planned big baseball over the red loft.

Possibly the best and biggest no-brainer of an idea is opening up the gates after the 11th inning and during the Saturday night movies. You’d be giving something away for free without cannibalizing revenues, boost concession sales, and specifically give back and build relationships with the community immediately surrounding Nationals Park. Check it out.

New Washington Nationals Season Ticket Partner Zone

I was intrigued by the Washington Nationals’ announcement today of the new Season Ticket Partner Zone, a matchmaking service where Nats fans looking to share their season tickets or join a current season ticket group can find each other based on factors such as number of games and desired seating location.

Washington Nationals Season Ticket Partner Zone

It’s a great idea that needs some work. For example, people searching for tickets must select the exact same criteria as people posting tickets. It would be nice if I could search on a range of criteria, such as seating section (instead of one section at a time) or number of games available (instead of picking a specific number). I also find it strange that the minimum number of seats you can post or search for is fourteen.

Obviously, with great seats having been available at the last minute throughout the 2008 season, plus the worst record in baseball and the economy in historically bad shape, the Nationals are worried about losing season ticket sales heading into 2009.
The Partner Zone may help, but as of the moment it’s pretty empty. Among my circle of season ticket holder friends, I know more people who are not renewing than plan to renew (in fact, my own group in section 128 is falling apart, and I’m debating whether to rebuild it or join another group).

Do you share season tickets? Have you had trouble keeping your group together for 2009? Will you use the Partner Zone?

New Nationals Uniforms

New Nationals uniforms were unveiled in a ceremony this afternoon at ESPN Zone in downtown DC. Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes was on hand along with manager Manny Acta, outfielder Lastings Milledge, and members of the Nat Pack to show off changes which included new home white uniforms and new home red uniforms with minor changes, plus entirely new alternate blue uniforms, and new road gray uniforms with a script “Washington” across the chest.

New Nationals road uniforms feature a curly W and script Washington to replace the old uniform's block letters.

New Nationals uniforms include this "alternate blue" uniform with red, white, and blue DC logo to be worn for a select few home games in 2009.

New Nationals uniforms include this sure-to-be-controversial new alternate blue uniform with red, white, and blue DC logo to be worn for a select few home games in 2009.

I’m not sure how the Nationals players will look in the new alternate blue uniform, but I’ll bet it would look good on Teddy. It looks sort of slimming…

I was not able to make the event, but intrepid Nationals fan SBF over at Nats320 has a comprehensive review of the day’s festivities.

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