The Washington Nationals’ historically busy offseason has drawn much attention in baseball circles for GM Mike Rizzo’s high-profile signings and trades that addressed every perceived area of need on the field.
But fans heading to Nationals Park beginning next week are advised to turn their attention off the field for a moment and take note of some significant changes to the stadium experience, particularly to several apps that could enhance their experience and speed entry into the park.
A new Nationals Park bag policy prohibits backpacks inside Nationals Park, but those coming from work with backpacks can now store them in one of the Binbox lockers that have been installed around the perimeter of the park.
The hitch: you must install the Binbox app (available from the App Store or Google Play) and set up an account before using Binbox for the first time. If you think you might need a locker, download it now. Binbox has offered the promo code DCSPORTS to get your first hour free.
Note: All drawstring bags, purses, diaper bags, soft-sided coolers, and sling bags that do not exceed 16″x16″x8″ are still permitted. The Nationals are also giving away a limited number of Curly W drawstring bags at the Team Store now through March 25.
NATS PLUS cards for season plan holders and partners have been retired.
The Ballpark app, which stores your tickets, is now the primary method for entering games. eCASH, which is used by season plan holders for concessions and souvenirs, is also stored in the app.
The downside: You’ll need a well-charged phone and an internet connection to move about the park (you can also print your tickets at home, or iPhone users can add tickets to their Apple Wallet).
The positives: You can transfer, scan, or upgrade seats from the app, and Red Carpet Rewards are now fully integrated as well.
Enjoying New Food Options
The Nationals announced a new and innovative partnership with food delivery service Caviar to open its first in-stadium concession stand near section 106, featuring food options from different local restaurants each month. Items from Tiger Fork, Mason Dixie, Duke’s Grocery and Toki Underground will be among those featured, and fans can use the Caviar app to order ahead for pickup (available at the App Store and Google Play).
Caviar is just one of the new food options that the team previewed for members of the media on Thursday (Scott Allen has a complete rundown at the Post’s DC Sports Bog). Highlights of other new offerings include:
Hank’s Oyster Bar (Section 108): Fish & chips, Oyster and shrimp po’ boys, fish sandwiches, Old Bay fries
Rappahannock Oyster Co. (Scoreboard Pavilion): Harris Creek oysters on the Half Shell
Lobster Shack (Section 105): Lobster rolls
Medium Rare (Section 136): Steak sandwich stuffed with fries
La Casita Pupuseria (Introduced late last season in Section 140): Pupusas (pollo con queso, revuelta con queso, frijol con queso)
Bao Bao (Section 116): Steamed buns (Ssamjang mushroom, hoisin pork and char sui chicken)
Taco Caminando (Section 233): Walking taco (like a Frito pie in a bowl)
CHIKO (Section 238): Bulgogi hoagies, Korean fried chicken wings, Furikake tots
D.C. Empenadas (Section 244): Buffalo chicken empanadas, Spinach & feta empanadas
Old Hickory Barbecue (Bud Light Loft): Bone-in short ribs, Mexican grilled corn
Nats Dogs (Several locations): Hebrew National has replaced Nathan’s as the official hot dog of Nationals Park