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Washington Nationals Home Opener: 4 Things to Know

An extra-innings winter gives way to the boys of summer.

Opening day is Friday. (Patch file photo.)
Opening day is Friday. (Patch file photo.)
After one long and dreadful winter, the boys of summer are back — never mind that it's spring. The Nats take on the Atlanta Braves in Washington's home opener, with the first pitch scheduled for Friday at 1:05.

Four things to know: 

  1. The day's pre-game events will pay tribute to those affected by last September's tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, located a few blocks from Nationals Park. In addition, representatives from the United States Navy, first responders and families of the victims will take part in the pre-game ceremony. All gates will open at 10:30 a.m. 
  2. Advance tickets to attend Opening Day are sold out, but fans can still purchase Standing Room Only tickets for $20 at the Nationals website or by calling 888.632.NATS(6287). Approximately 400 Grandstand seats will also be available for $15 at the Main Box Office starting at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the game. Grandstand seats are limited to one ticket per customer.
  3. Drive if you want, but Metro is your best bet for getting there. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard. The stadium's a block away. The stadium also has 250 spaces for bicycles, and the DC Circulator bus operates every 10 minutes from Union Station.
  4. Where to find food and drink: Ben's Chili Bowl, Senators Sausage and more.

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