April 21, 2021

NATS: Color Run at Nationals Park

Have you ever wanted to step onto the warning track at Nationals Park? Now is your chance! The home of the Washington Nationals will become a colorful place on Saturday, November 1 for the 5K Color Run.

You can feel like a major leaguer and run through the tunnel and continue around the warning track! Tickets are still available! Use the discount code NATIONALSPARK to receive $5 off your Color Run registration.

Color runs have become very popular and are a fun way to exercise with friends and family while getting “dirty.”

If running is not your thing, volunteering is an option.

Race Info.

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A breakdown of the Washington Capitals 2015 Winter Classic sweaters

Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis took the podium at National’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, joined by other prominent names in the hockey world to reveal the jerseys the Capitals will wear for the 2015 Winter Classic.

“New Year’s Day used to be about college football. Now New Year’s Day is about the NHL,” said Leonsis.

A bold statement, as New Year’s Day is still mostly dominated by college football, but now cedes some of the spotlight to the NHL, since the Winter Classic series began in 2008. Leonsis says he knew he wanted one to be in DC since he watched the inaugural game with his family six years ago.

The wait for the Winter Classic sweaters, for fans, at least was perhaps more arduous than waiting for the venue to be announced. The Capitals’ opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, was old news, and it seemed clear from the initial announcement at Capitals Fan Fest on September 21, 2013 that Nationals Park was the venue that made the most sense for the event (this was confirmed September 6 in a report by the Washington Post and later confirmed by the NHL).

But what would they wear?

Taking into account that the franchise is celebrating their 40th anniversary this upcoming season, it was expected that some type of retro design would be used. While teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have been in existence since 1917, the Capitals comparatively don’t have the benefit of almost 10 decades to draw from.

Unlike the 2011-12 season, where the Capitals introduced a 1974-era third jersey similar to the one worn in the 2011 Winter Classic (essentially the same), the 2015 Winter Classic sweaters are not currently planned to be used as third jerseys, according to the Capitals’ senior writer Mike Vogel. It is always possible that these sweaters could eventually replace the current third jerseys at some point in the future, but that’s not in the plans right now.

Since the retro 1974-esque theme had already been done, the Capitals delved into the history of hockey in Washington D.C., namely the Washington Eagles, an Eastern Hockey League (EHL) team, who played where the Kennedy Center stands now, from 1939-1942. After the Eagles folded, a new team, the Washington Lions, was formed, and played in D.C. in different iterations from 1941-1957. The Lions were relocated to Cincinnati and became the Mohawks, but the Lions were resurrected and persisted until 1957, when their name was changed to the Washington Presidents, who hung around through 1960, when the Washington Chiefs entered the D.C.  sports scene. The Chiefs were considered an independent team, and played from 1971-1976. The Capital Centre was built in 1973, and ushered in a new era of hockey in D.C – the Washington Capitals.

The NHL, the Capitals and Reebok designed the sweaters, according to a press release, and began the process about a year ago.

The design combines several The principal color of the jerseys is described as a “deep red”, technically a shade called oxblood, somewhere between bordeaux and burgundy (thanks, Pantone), a departure from the typical bright Capitals red, and gives the sweaters a vintage look. Stripes on each shoulder, the waist of the jersey, and the legs are meant to harken to the jersey of the Washington Eagles of the 1930s and ’40s.

The 1941-42 Washington Eagles. Image courtesy of http://icehockey.wikia.com/.

The 1941-42 Washington Eagles. Image courtesy of http://icehockey.wikia.com/

The “Capitals” wordmark emblazoned on the front is in all capital letters (a clever touch, to be sure) and incorporates stars, a signature look present on Capitals jerseys throughout the years.. Underneath the stars, a large “W” in Prussian blue (also known as midnight blue) dominates the chest. But this is no ordinary “W”. The letter stands for Washington, obviously, but it contains a hidden message – the center of the letter is curved in such a way as to represent the shape of the Washington Monument. The “W” symbol is also present on the pants (which are also blue) the players will wear with the jersey.

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Player numbers, as well as “C” and “A” designations are in white, outlined in the same Prussian blue as the “W” on the chest and the pants. The contrast created by the bright white set in blue accent helps the numbers pop, which is helpful for announcers calling the game and spectators watching from the stands.

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The pants feature a star design on the outside of each leg, bookended by white stripes. The “W” on the left leg of the pants is in white with three white stars perched atop the letter.

Unlike many jerseys that feature faux laces at the neck, the jerseys have actual laces, accented by the Prussian blue around the collar.

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Seen in broad daylight, the oxblood color of the jersey stands out more than against the red background that doesn’t offer much contrast or lend itself to accentuating the nuances of the design.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Capitals Winter Classic jerseys will be unveiled September 23 at Nationals Park

Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced that the 2015 Winter Classic venue is indeed Nationals Park in DC. The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt reported September 6 that a deal had been reached between the NHL and Nationals Park, confirming reports swirling since last September, when Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis announced that the Capitals would be hosting the event in 2015.

Additionally, the Capitals’ Winter Classic jerseys will be revealed at a special event to be held at Nationals Park on September 23.

Press release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, at Nationals Park, the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals announced today. In addition, the Capitals NHL Winter Classic uniforms will be unveiled during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at 12 p.m.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”

“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”

Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol, adjacent to the Navy Yard. The 41,546 seat venue opened in March 2008 and is home to the Washington Nationals.

“We are honored to have been selected to host the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park,” said Mark D. Lerner, one of the Washington Nationals Principal Owners and Vice Chairman. “The Classic is one of North America’s premier sports events, and we look forward to sharing our ballpark and our city with NHL fans from around the world.”

In celebration of the much-anticipated outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their NHL Winter Classic uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at noon. Commissioner Bettman, Leonsis, Lerner, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, general manager Brian MacLellan, Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, will attend the event and will be available to the media following the ceremony.

The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic, an annual game that Forbes magazine called the best new sporting event of the last decade. It will mark the second time in history the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied the highest-rated NHL regular-season sell out game in nearly four decades and became the second-most watched game in 39 years (4.4 million average viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers). The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center.

The 2015 event also will feature a Spectator Plaza that offers hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including ticketing information and uniform design for each team, will be released in the coming weeks. Every Washington Capitals full-season ticket member, partial plan member and group leader will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket members, partial plan holders and group leaders when they become available.

 

Washington Capitals to host 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park

According to numerous reports, the Washington Capitals will play host to the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The news was first reported on Twitter by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post.

The game will be played on Jan. 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This will be the second appearance in the popular event for both teams. The Blackhawks hosted the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009 and lost to the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. The Capitals visited Pittsburgh in 2011 and beat the Penguins 3-1 at Heinz Field.

This is the seventh edition of the game, and the fourth to be played at a baseball stadium. The last one held at a baseball stadium was in 2012, as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers on the road at Citizen’s Bank Park.

NATS: Ryan Zimmerman to Host 5th Annual ziMS “A Night at the Park”

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Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will once again host “A Night at the Park,” presented by MASN Sports at Nationals Park on Monday, June 16. The fifth annual fundraising event for the ziMS Foundation will feature performances by country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. The evening includes an expanded concert experience, powered by Live Nation, along with silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and visit http://www.nationals.com/zims for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets start at just $35 for lower bowl reserved seats.

See photos from the 3rd Annual “A Night at the Park.”

Washington Capitals Tyson Strachan to Host Strachan Strays Fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, today announced that defenseman Tyson Strachan will host a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 1, prior to the Nationals game against the Texas Rangers, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m.

Strachan Strays is a charitable organization created to raise awareness about the issues of pet homelessness and to raise finances to support local no-kill animal shelters. Funds raised by Strachan Strays will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which adopts dogs and cats from high-kill shelters to homes in the Washington, D.C., region.

Tickets are available at Nationals.com/StrachanStrays and include a donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails, as well as a pregame meet and greet with Strachan.

“Every year millions of companion animals are left on the streets or euthanized in kill shelters,” said Strachan. “Our goal through education and fundraising is to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. We strive to find every animal their perfect home, and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Strachan Strays is passionate about promoting pet adoption from a network of responsible no-kill shelters throughout the United States. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals on how they can make a difference in the fight to end pet homelessness. For more information visit StrachanStrays.com.

WHO: Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan

WHAT: Hosting a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

WHEN: Sunday, June 1

WHERE: Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Billy Joel Returns to Nationals Park

Billy Joel's Dressing Room at Nationals Park in July 2009 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Billy Joel’s Dressing Room at Nationals Park in July 2009 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Singer/songwriter/composer Billy Joel will perform at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the ballpark.

Billy Joel performed with Elton John during the inaugural concert at Nats Park on July 11, 2009. The process of turning a ballpark into a concert venue is interesting and we covered it on our previous site.

According to the team, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 at 10:00 AM through FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 at 10:00 PM.

JANUARY 30 will also mark the special pre-sale period for Nationals Season Plan Holders. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10:00 AM on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 via nationals.com/billyjoel.

 

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NATIONALS GAME POSTPONED DUE TO NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS

The Washington Nationals announced tonight’s game between the Nats and the Atlanta Braves scheduled for 7:05 pm has been postponed due to the incident at the Navy Yard this morning where 12 people have been confirmed dead by at least one gunman.

Nationals public relations tweeted the postponement at 3:12 pm ET and announced the teams will play a split doubleheader tomorrow at 1:05 pm and 7:05 pm.

According to reports citing law enforcement officials, the FBI and police are still searching for one potential suspect and the entire area around the Navy Yard and Nationals Park is still under lockdown. Government and military officials have instructed people to stay out of the area while the investigation continues to evolve.

The game is of critical importance to the Nats slim hopes of reaching the postseason as they trail the Cincinnati Reds by 4 1/2 games before play on Monday. But considering the still on-going investigation and out of respect for the families affected and law enforcement and military personnel, pushing the game back was the only good decision to be made today.

NATS: Paul McCartney to perform at Nationals Park

Updated 8/13/2013: Sammy Hagar has been added to the list of postgame concerts and will perform on Thursday, August 29 after the game against Marlins.

The Washington Nationals released their 2013 NatsLive FREE postgame concert lineup on Wednesday.  Blues Traveler (June 8), Thompson Square (July 6), Gavin DeGraw (August 31) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21)  will all perform at Nationals Park after the games.

On Thursday, the even bigger announcement for live music at Nationals Park this summer is that Paul McCartney will be performing on July 12. The Nationals tweeted out this clue:

Official Press Release:

2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Lineup
Blues Traveler, Thompson Square, Gavin DeGraw and Montgomery Gentry are scheduled to perform at Nationals Park during the 2013 season

The Washington Nationals announced today that Blues Traveler (June 8), Thompson Square (July 6), Gavin DeGraw (August 31) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21) will comprise the lineup for the 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series following select Nationals home games throughout the summer.

“We are thrilled to be opening the NatsLive Concert Series for the Washington Nationals this year!” said John Popper, lead singer for Blues Traveler. “My visit to Nationals Park last season to perform God Bless America was so rewarding that I’m excited to return and bring the whole band with me.”

The performances will begin approximately 15 minutes after the final out of each Nationals game. Fans who wish to attend the free concerts must have a valid ticket for that day’s Nationals game, which can be purchased at nationals.com/NatsLive. The Double Play Giveaway & Concert Packs are also available at nationals.com/flex for those who want to ensure their seat for each of the four postgame concerts.

“As we saw last season, the summer experience just isn’t complete without baseball and outdoor concerts,” Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer said. “We’re excited for the return of the NatsLive Postgame Concert Series because it’s a great value for our fans – not only do they get to watch the 2012 NL East Champions take the field, but they’ll be able to see best-selling artists take the stage for free all summer long.”

BLUES TRAVELER: Saturday, June 8

Eighteen years after scoring the Grammy Award winning, harmonica laced Billboard Top Ten breakthrough hit that came to define pop music in the mid-90s, Blues Traveler is still finding unique ways to ensure that they don’t give their legion of worldwide fans the “Run-Around.” On their instantly infectious, musically expansive 11th studio album and 429 Records/SLG debut, Suzie Cracks The Whip, they remain creatively focused while dramatically expanding their musical horizons upon celebrating more than 25 years as a band.

THOMPSON SQUARE: Saturday, July 6

Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. Fans began getting to know their way around Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square with the release of their GRAMMY nominated #1 Platinum radio smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” The 2011 iTunes’ Country Song of the Year became the Most Played Song in Country Radio (Mediabase), reached the top of the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan chart and 12 consecutive weeks as the #1 Country Ringtone.

GAVIN DEGRAW: Saturday, August 31

Singer, songwriter and musician Gavin DeGraw has enjoyed great success since breaking though in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot, which sold more than a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded the hit singles “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” He followed that up with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1. on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album and spawning the hit singles, “In Love With A Girl,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, he released Free, a gift to die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of his live favorites.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY: Saturday, September 21

With a new album, a new label and a renewed sense of musical purpose, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are poised to stake their claim as one of country music’s all-time greatest duos. The pair’s new collection, the aptly titled Rebels On The Run, brings Montgomery Gentry fans back to the beginning, but with a fresh attitude. Eddie and Troy’s latest effort will likely be remembered as their best album since the two Kentucky boys first busted onto the national scene in 1999 with the defiant “Hillbilly Shoes.” Since then, the hard driving duo has had 14 Top 10 singles, including five No. 1’s, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.”

NATS: Movie Night at Nationals Park

It is not baseball, but here is a chance to get back to Nationals Park before April 2013.

“St. Elmo’s Fire” will be playing on the scoreboard at Nationals Park on Thursday, November 8 and there is a Groupon offer for any fans interested.

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Details from Groupon:
Movies take audiences where they could not go otherwise, such as the far reaches of outer space or a kitchen with George Clooney in it. See the stars when Groupon Presents Movie Night at Nationals Park on Thursday, November 8. Ballpark gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening’s movie, St. Elmo’s Fire, begins at 7:30 p.m. Free parking is available for the first 1,200 cars in lots B and C located on N Street SE. Choose from the following options:

For $15, you get one ticket for an outfield stadium seat.

For $30, you get one ticket for field seating.

For $38, you get a bar package that includes:
One ticket for an outfield stadium seat
Beer and wine from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk; discounted food will be available for purchase.

For $75, you get a VIP package that includes:
One ticket for field seating
Beer, wine, and food from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lexus Presidential Club

Groupon will be bringing back the 80s and celebrating Nationals Park’s home team’s incredible baseball season. As soon as the gates open, lookalikes posing as the film’s seven main characters stand ready for photo ops. Local hairstylists from Voila Salon and Salon en Color help guests complete their 1980s ensemble with a big-hair makeover. Whichever guests arrive draped in the most convincing 1980s outfit may be rewarded with a Groupon gift card or a madcap weekend of convincing people that their dead boss is still alive. Three 30-foot screens face the outfield from along the infield lip of Nationals Park, broadcasting the coming-of-age romantic comedy about seven friends who have recently graduated from Georgetown University. A cast of recognizable Brat Pack actors—including Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald’s bottom lip—find themselves unable to adjust financially and emotionally to the responsibilities of adulthood, which results in seismic changes to their relationships—and their goals in life. Propelled by a quirky script and scrunchy-filled dance scenes, the film earned a Grammy nomination with its hit-heavy soundtrack that features David Foster’s Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire. But audiences more likely will be matching John Parr wail for wail during the easily sung-along-to theme song and aural Successories poster, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion).” St. Elmo’s Fire is rated R and may not be appropriate for (or interesting to) young children.

Local cover band The Reflex keeps the neon-lit crowd jumping to hits by Blondie, Bryan Adams, and Duran Duran until the film begins. Throughout the night, the ballpark’s concession stands fuel the revelry with hot dogs and beer at prices discounted from game-day rates. Heating stations will dot the field if it’s a cold night, but attendees are encouraged to wear their warmest and most exclusive-looking Members Only jackets.

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