How Much Does it Cost to Attend a Washington Nationals Game?

The Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper are two names that fit together in the world of baseball. As the team that represents all the politicians and denizens of Washington D.C., it carry’s a heavy burden to do well and make the capital city proud. The team has remained competitive over the last few years, in some ways justifying the overall increase in price to watch a Nats game, ranking 8th overall in Major League Baseball. From an administrative perspective, the team has been run well, managing to remain competitive as it financially maneuvers to keep stars like Harper happy with their paychecks. With at least two team stars watching their contracts expire, it will be interesting to see what happens with the price fans will have to pay to watch one Nationals ball game.

Ticket prices are among the highest in the Major Leagues

The average price of two tickets is around $44, which is considerable jump from the 2017 price of an average of $36.59. A closer look behind the numbers over the last dozen years shows that the Nationals increase their prices about once every 4 years. The $5.50 jump is steep, no doubt, but if history is any indicator Nats fans won’t see another one for a few years. If you want to make your Nats game a party, gather together more than a few friends and pay in the range of $6000 to $8000 for a private suite. You can have between 16 and 50 guests, so for about $150 a piece you can have a great view in enclosed comfort. There aren’t any really “bad” seats from which to view the game, but that doesn’t justify the high ranking of the team’s ticket prices, especially when the fail to make the playoffs.

Concessions are painfully expensive

There is a report that the average price for two beers is around $13. But then there is the article from the website federalbaseball.com that shows a single 25 ounce can of draft beer going for $16 – complete with photos. The concession prices at Nats stadium have always been high, so the current hot dog faire at $5.50 a dog really shouldn’t surprise anyone. That brings the total to between $24 and $43 depending on what your personal taste is when it comes to beer. If you want to bring your own food, you have to deal with the stadium restrictions of single-serving bags stored in a soft-sided container or that is less than 16 by 16 by 8 inches in size. That isn’t much storage space, so it’s likely you will opt to bring food and buy your drinks at the ballpark. The reason is you are allowed a single, one liter bottle of water with its factory seal still intact. Not much for a 3 hour game on a warm summer day.

Parking is low because it’s outside of the stadium

Some articles say that it only costs $10 to get a parking space to a Nats game. That is really very good considering everything you will have to pay to get in and have a couple of brews. Unfortunately the reality is much different, at least according to the Washington Nationals website. The lowest price available is $15, and that’s if you feel like walking 15 minutes to the stadium. After this option at 545 S Capitol Street SE, everything is uphill from there. If you can manage to get into 1620 S Capitol Street SE you will only be 2 minutes away from the game for the low price of $20. This is half of the walking distance for another $20 lot spot at 1015 Half Street SE. You can get closer with 2 and 3 minute walks, but their one day parking fees will set you back $40 – $45 a game.

When you step back and consider all your options, it actually seems like corralling 49 friends to pony up $150 each is the best bet to watch a game. You don’t have to go into detailing all the benefits of a private suite to realize that you’re likely to spend a total of $130 just by doing the minimum. Some people like the outdoor venue and prefer to be “where the action is.” But if you are able to get a private suite it is the best dollar-for-dollar value for large groups of people.


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Grover
20 Things you Didn’t Know About Grover
Sriharsha Majety
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sriharsha Majety
Lingoda
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Lingoda
Ocado
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Ocado
NFT Market
The Top Five NFT Marketplaces Out Right Now
Activist Investors
What Exactly is Activist Investing?
Apple Products
Five Stocks That Most Billionaire Investors Own
Venture Capital
The Rise of the Venture Capital Scene in Africa
Svalbard, Norway
The 20 Most Peaceful Places to Live in Europe
Squirrel Hill North
The 10 Richest Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh
Chestnut Hill
The 10 Richest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia
Curitiba
The 20 Best Places to Live in Brazil
McLaren Models
The Top Five 0-60 mph McLaren Models of All-Time
1998 McLaren F1 LM
The Five Most Expensive McLaren Models of All-Time
Review of the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e
Does McLaren Make an SUV?
Hermes Klikti watch 17 x 16 mm
The Five Most Expensive Hermes Watches Money Can Buy
Louis Vuitton Tambour Daimer Cobalt Blue And Gold Chronograph 46
The Five Best Louis Vuitton Watches Money Can Buy
Chopard Alpine Eagle Ladies' Small
The Five Finest Gold Chopard Watches
Chopard
The Used Chopard Watch: A Buyer’s Guide
Josh Duhamel
How Josh Duhamel Achieved a Net Worth of $18 Million
Gabby Douglas
How Gabby Douglas Achieved a Net Worth of $4 Million
Liza Minelli
How Liza Minnelli Achieved a Net Worth of $50 Million
Joy Behar
How Joy Behar Achieved A Net Worth of $30 Million