I'll admit that I'm more of a hoops/football fan than a baseball fan, so the experience of watching the Nationals doesn't compare to watching the Redskins or Wizards. But every time I have gone down to Nationals Park to check out a game, I've been tremendously impressed with the atmopshere. The seats are great, the food is solid, the sights look modern and I'm a particularly big fan of the Red Porch bar out in left field.â†µ
I'm not the only one who is a fan. Hardball Times is reviewing every MLB stadium, and had mostly nice things to say about Nationals Park.â†µ
However, Nationals Park has a number of superb attributes that set it apart. In particular, the sight lines are simply wonderful throughout the stadium, and the seats are quite close to the field. As nearly as I could tell, there's not a bad seat in the house! In addition, the scoreboard is the best I've ever seen. The HD screen is huge (the second-largest in baseball), and the use of photos, replays, and statistics is exceptional. The Nationals certainly deserve accolades for their superb scoreboard. Also worthy of praise is the center field entryway, which brings fans from the Metro station and parking into the ballpark through a welcoming funnel of restaurants, statues, ticket booths, mascots, and a huge "W" hat.â†µ
There are a few small weaknesses that prevent Nationals Park from entering their top 10 (including the surrounding area, about which the review says could get better via "a joint district/team effort to improve the neighborhood," which is already happening), but overall, it's a nice review. Check the whole thing out here.