Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Price report from someone who attended Saturday's game:

Hot dogs=$4.50

kosher dogs = $5.50

Ben's Half Smoke = $6.25

Pizza = $8

Sodas $4.50/$5.50;

Beer=$7

Margarita = $10

Cracker Jacks, Pretzels, seeds=$4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Price report from someone who attended Saturday's game:

Hot dogs=$4.50

kosher dogs = $5.50

Ben's Half Smoke = $6.25

Pizza = $8

Sodas $4.50/$5.50;

Beer=$7

Margarita = $10

Cracker Jacks, Pretzels, seeds=$4

This is like going to Disney World except that there aren't any rides.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This is like going to Disney World except that there aren't any rides.

I wouldn't say that. At those prices, you'll certainly feel like you've been taken for a ride... ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well the Lerner's have to make money to pay for that stadium... err oh yeah they didn't pay for the stadium...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Price report from someone who attended Saturday's game:

Hot dogs=$4.50

kosher dogs = $5.50

Ben's Half Smoke = $6.25

Pizza = $8

Sodas $4.50/$5.50;

Beer=$7

Margarita = $10

Cracker Jacks, Pretzels, seeds=$4

That's within a dollar or so either way for each of these things at Wrigley, except there's no half smoke at wrigley. And our stadium is a lot cooler ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That's within a dollar or so either way for each of these things at Wrigley, except there's no half smoke at wrigley. And our stadium is a lot cooler ;)

Click here to see the baseball card of your last World Series MVP (NB - born in 1876. Still living at that time: Frederick Douglass, Louis Pasteur, Herman Melville, Jesse James, Fransz Liszt, and Sitting Bull).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My understanding is the vendors have to pay up to 50% off the top to the stadium. That was the deal at RFK and I assume it is similar at National's Park(NP). They have no choice but to charge what they charge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Click here to see the baseball card of your last World Series MVP (NB - born in 1876. Still living at that time: Frederick Douglass, Louis Pasteur, Herman Melville, Jesse James, Fransz Liszt, and Sitting Bull).
;) It's going to be a great year for us this year. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was under the belief that a large majority of the stadium financing was supposed to be derived from taxes on tickets, souveniers, concessions, etc.

In today's paper, it said that a wopping $20,000,000 per year would be generated by these taxes.

Now, I'm no mathmetician, but if the Nats sold out every game, and stadium taxes were 10%, the average attendee would have to spend $60 each game in order to generate this kind of revenue.

I guess the days of $4 bleacher seats at Memorial stadium are long gone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That's within a dollar or so either way for each of these things at Wrigley, except there's no half smoke at wrigley. And our stadium is a lot cooler ;)

From September 2001 (when I returned to Chicago) to June 2007 (when we moved to Baltimore) I saw just shy of 200 games at Wrigley, and while I feel comfortable saying there are few who love the Cubbies and Wrigley more than I do (though Ron Santo certainly springs to mind), I'm willing to concede concessions superiority to any other major league stadium purely on say so. The grub is not a strength (though the grilled hot dog and sausage carts aren't bad).

Looking forward to April 26th :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I wouldn't say that. At those prices, you'll certainly feel like you've been taken for a ride... ;)
Is this news? Was anyone expecting the concession prices to be low? I know I'll be there for 81 games (barring illness or other plans) and will enjoy the expanded concession options - these prices are in line with most, and certainly lower than some, other ballparks in the league.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll move this to a whim later this week, but if anyone's up for a margarita at Tortilla Coast before Saturday's expo game against the O's I'll be there with some friends/co-workers before heading over to the stadium.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What about dining or things to do just outside the park? I live in the area and was thinking of walking down there opening day (and other days if there are things to do) to check out the scene.

I always enjoyed heading out to Fenway to grab a sausage on Yawkey Way, peruse the merch stores, people watch, etc. even if I wasn't going to the game.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Price report from someone who attended Saturday's game:

Hot dogs=$4.50

kosher dogs = $5.50

Ben's Half Smoke = $6.25

Pizza = $8

Sodas $4.50/$5.50;

Beer=$7

Margarita = $10

Cracker Jacks, Pretzels, seeds=$4

Will there be more than one place to get a Kosher dog in this Stadium? Has the location been pinned down? Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Well the Lerner's have to make money to pay for that stadium... err oh yeah they didn't pay for the stadium...

True, but they're pouring millions of their own money into the stadium to upgrade certain aspects from their original designs and add features that they really want that the city wouldn't/couldn't pay for.

Remember, the Lerners are builders, this is their new home, even if they are only signing what amounts to a long-term lease, so they are taking what the city has given them and adding to it as best they can. Don't think for a moment that the stadium isn't "costing" them anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a link to a supposed complete selection of ballpark offerings from Centerplate (most without prices at this time, but I'm sure it will be updated by Opening Day).

Intentional Wok!! ;):):(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First reports from the exhibition game last night: The park itself is AWESOME!

The reports in today's Washington Post are pretty much on-target where the food is concerned.

The lines to get food, with only 25,000 fans in attendance, were horrendous. I stood in line for 40 minutes just to get a hotdog. Centerplate REALLY needs to get S-shaped (serpentine) lines at each concession. The lines last night stretched straight back from each stand (on the mezzanine level, anyway) and too many fans had to cut through lines just to get beyond them, much to the annoyance of many line-standers.

The boardwalk fries are good, nice and hot right out of the fryer, but in last night's chilly weather, they soon cooled off.

I didn't dare get in line for Ben's Chili Bowl. It is so well-positioned that I think so many fans will jam it. It is like trying to get a Philly cheesesteak at Citizen's Bank Park, in Philadelphia - if you get in line for it, you're going to miss some innings.

I spent far too much time just saying "hello" to old friends and just getting acclimated, just surveying the situation and getting the lay of the land. I'll try to report back on food offerings as often as I can.

Lots and lots and lots of food opportunities, though. These need to be explored.

Folks, this season is going to be a repeat of 2005 from an attendance standpoint. In '05, they averaged 30,000 fans per game, but that dropped off sharply in '06 and '07, but the team in '05 was not only new, but was almost in the pennant race, so that helped in August and September. I predict that, with all of the favorable press and gorgeous camera shots from the t.v. cameras, that Nationals Park will be the #1 new tourist attraction.

Remember, a lot of baseball fans like to tour other MLB parks and this is the newest and greatest, at least until the other new parks open, i.e. the new Mets Stadium and new Yankee Stadium.

Don't let the Post scare you off of Metro, though. Still makes so much sense. It's SUCH a gas to come out of that Navy Yard station, make that left turn and THERE IS THE PARK! Just a short walk away, down Half Street. Almost ideal.

One note about wardrobe: Dress warmly for tonight's Opening Day game, if you're going, and watch the weather reports for all home games over the next month. Nats Park is a very open stadium, not as closed-in as R.F.K., so the wind swirls around differently. Wear layers. Bring gloves. When the sun sets, it does get chilly this time of year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bring gloves. When the sun sets, it does get chilly this time of year.

Thanks for the report, I look forward to hitting a game. I always thought someone could make a killing by marketing a "beer glove".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The hike from Metro to the stadium that you had at RFK is over. It was an absolute breeze last night to get from the station to the park. Joe Riley is right. Be prepared to invest a good bit of time buying food. We spent the first 4 innings or so last night just wandering the whole stadium, level by level. It is VERY nice. Some additional things of note:

The food and beverage stands take credit cards unless they say cash only.

Five Guys and Ben's Chili had the longest lines I'd ever seen for food at a ballpark. Ever. Be sure to get there when the gates open and maybe you'll be able to get to see the second half of the game. The Ben's outlet in the indoor, club level mezzanine (snuck in, nice area and weather proof) had some pretty big lines too. They had empty made to order pasta stations, however, with assorted pastas for $15/plate.

Many more places to get a cocktail than you'd ever imagine was possible if you are only used to RFK.

Lots of beer variety, but those varieties begin to wane as you head to the upper levels. My fave of the night was the Home Run Ale, which I found first in the Red Porch Restaurant right in center field. $7.50 for a 16 to 20 oz cup, perhaps. Same as most of the beer costs. Home Run Ale had tap handles in a few other places throughout the park but, IF IT'S NOT WORKING, PUT A FREAKIN' EMPTY CUP OVER THE HANDLE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT ON LINE FOR 20 MINUTES ONLY TO LEARN YOU DON'T HAVE IT DAMMIT!

Get a load of this. Do you recall those "on the fly" carts that have been popping up with some "higher end" street food in various parts of the city? Well, the owners are geniuses. I don't know how long ago, but they contacted a private property owner who rented them a tiny spit of land on Half Street bout 50 yards from the park entrance. It was the only food to be seen if you were hoping to pick some up outside the park and bring it it (aside from a guy who had pretzels). But the food carts were great. One had BBQ sandwiches from Rocklands along with mac and cheese and a few other sides. There were also tacos (carnitas and chicken) at 2 for $5. I had one of each and was quite pleased. The Mrs. had the BBQ sandwich which looked very nice, but I didn't snag a taste. Nor do I recall how much it cost but I presume it was in the $5 range. Lots of other odds and ends for sale at these carts too for you to bring in. The thing I'm told is, that once On The Fly rented out this spot, the police(?) somehow put the kibosh on any more space rentals. I read that story somewhere about all the vendors wanting to sell the scummy water dogs were wondering when and if they'll be able to set up shop outside Nats Park. I don't know the answer to that. But On The Fly is freakin' sweet!

Lastly, can anyone tell me what it is about sports arenas in DC in that they don't sell dogs in the stands? At any baseball or hockey game I've been to in any city EXCEPT DC, you can get a dog right at your seat. Nats Park is the same way. What's up with that?

Will see some of you there tonight. And Joe is right. Bundle up! The wind moves very differently here and while weather.com may make it seem like the temp isn't that low or the wind speed that high, expect it to be worse than you think. Of course, some July and August, that breeze is going to be very welcome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×