Beginning with tomorrow night’s home tilt against San Francisco, the Washington Nationals will open their stadium up to 100% capacity. When the season began, the Nationals allowed 5,000 fans per game. A few weeks later, that number increased to 25%, before bumping up to 36% in May, or roughly 13,000 fans. Nationals Park holds just over 41,000 spectators at 100% capacity.
Per WDVM in Washington, the change in capacity coincides with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s attempts to fully reopen the District.
Not only will the ballpark be at full capacity, but concessions will return to a sense of normalcy as well. Fans looking to partake in a ballpark dog and a beer will be able to do so without receiving their items in closable packages or having to battle a touchless condiment station for stadium mustard.
Going forward, fans attending Nationals home games will not be required to wear face coverings if they’ve been fully vaccinated.
The last time the Nats housed a full stadium was in October of 2019, when they lost Game Five of the World Series to the Houston Astros. During last year’s pandemic-shortened season, Washington played 30 home games, all of which were played with zero fans in attendance.
Whether the Nationals actually fill the stadium will likely have less to do with fan health and safety and more to do with team performance. Washington’s been a tough watch through the first couple months of the season. The Nats are currently an NL East worst 24 – 33, trailing the first place Mets by 7 games. But the good news is, starting tomorrow, you can watch the Nats stink it up in person!