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Washington Nationals: Nationals Park Preview

Washington NationalsA new luxury area and new food and drink offerings lead the list of upgrades initiated at Nationals Park by the Washington Nationals this offseason.

A dedicated upper-deck Left Field Lodge at Section 301 will serve draft beers from Devils Backbone Brewing Company, including Earned Run Ale, brewed especially for the Nats and Nationals Park. Bedies the Left Field Lodge, Earned Run Ale will be served at other locations throughout the ballpark. The locavore emphasis is carried through with offerings from local distilleries in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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On the food front: a new stand, the “See. You. Tater.” will serve specialties with a local flavor, including Chesapeake Bay tots and Old Bay Wings. (Why the name? Color commentator F.P. Santangelo loves referring to homers as taters, and play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter says “see you later” after a Nats homer.)

There’s more than just food and drink on the list of new offerings at Nationals Park this season, as the team has partnered with MGM National Harbor to unveil MGM National Harbor Dugout Club, an eight-seat premier luxury sports box, located on the field adjacent to the team dugout.

The first of its kind for the Washington Nationals, the luxury experience begins with an exclusive VIP entrance, plush leather recliner seats, food and beverage options from the resort’s restaurant lineup, and a personal attendant that will cater to Dugout guests’ every need.

“Going to the ballpark is a springtime tradition and the Nats are among the league’s most beloved franchises,” said Bill Boasberg, General Manager for MGM National Harbor. “The MGM National Harbor Dugout Club will take the baseball experience to a new level, synonymous with the luxury experience at our resort.”

As a part of the partnership, MGM National Harbor will be the “official” after-party for every Nationals’ home game.  Fans are encouraged to take the short 10-minute drive to the resort and enjoy highlights of the day’s sports action on any of the 76 televisions at Tap Sports bar, dine at one of three flagships restaurants, gamble on the casino floor, or dance the night away at Felt Lounge.

“We are always looking for ways to leverage Nationals Park to create unique experiences with marquee brands,” said Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo. “The MGM National Harbor Dugout Club will bring the MGM luxury experience to life within steps of the field of play.”

Tickets aren’t available to the general public. They’re available exclusively to members of MGM Resorts International’s M life Rewards program.

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