It has been a while since I have posted anything mostly due to finals and projects. I finally got a chance to relax after unpacking and go to a baseball game with my family. A few years ago, the Montreal Expos moved to Washington D.C. and became the Nationals. They played up until this season in RFK stadium which is the former home of the Redskins and present home of the D.C. United. The new baseball arena is built by the Washington Naval Yard, very close to the Marine Barracks where John Phillip Sousa led the Marine Band. The brand new stadium is beautiful in every aspect. It is very open and allows for a fantastic view of the field from any seat. Even from my nosebleed $5.00 seats I was able to enjoy the game immensely. It was designed by the same person who built the Pirates’ stadium in Pittsburgh.
A quick word on technology (since this blog is centered on that topic). In the past, my brother explained to me, ushers carried a green sign and a red sign. This was the indicator to let stadium security know if someone was hurt after catching/getting hit by a foul ball. In the Nationals’ new stadium, they all carry radio transmitters that do the very same job. This update to system that has worked in ballparks for years allows stadium safety officials to be far more accurate and get information fast if there is a problem.
The LED scoreboard is the biggest in baseball- measuring an astounding 4,532 square feet. It is even rumored to be high definition, though I couldn’t tell from so far away.
The new stadium is also LEED certified, which means it meets energy saving standards that rival normal buildings. I first encountered LEED certified buildings during the Future Forum, and it is nice to see a new, multi-million dollar sporting complex to be a part of this building technology. Also noticeable from my nosebleed seats (besides major D.C. landmarks like the Capitol Building, Georgetown University and other monuments) were several examples of green roofs that are planted with apparently 1,200 plants that promote better drainage and keep buildings cooler in the warm summers in D.C.
For more information about the new ballpark, click here.
Update: I should also note that the Nationals lost to the Marlins at the game I attended.