The upcoming homestand features one of the largest LGBT nights in professional sports, the 12th annual Night OUT event, as well as fan favorites like '80s Night, Seniors Stroll the Bases and Pups in the Park. The Nationals will give away several exciting items to fans, including a Nationals Fanny Pack, Kids Poster and Tote Bag. On several nights throughout the homestand, Budweiser Terrace will host pregame entertainment, including a performance by The Legwarmers on Friday in celebration of '80s Night.
Friday, June 10
- '80s Night - Nationals Fanny Pack: Join the Nationals for a celebration of the '80s. The Nationals will give away a Nationals Fanny Pack to the first 20,000 fans who enter the ballpark through ALL GATES. Tickets for Friday's game are available at nationals.com/80sNight. Check out a few of the players' favorite songs from the '80s on the official blog of the Washington Nationals, Curly W Live.
- Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: As part of '80s Night, The Legwarmers will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:00 p.m.
- Scout Day #2: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups from across the region are invited to Nationals Park for Scout Day. All scouts who purchase Scout Day tickets will receive a commemorative Nationals Scout Patch. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/groups.
Saturday, June 11
- Seniors Stroll the Bases: With the purchase of a special ticket, fans ages 62 and older have the opportunity to come down to the field, join the Racing Presidents and stroll around the bases, after the game ends. More information on Seniors Stroll the Bases can be found at nationals.com/SeniorsStroll.
- Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge: The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Major League Baseball are once again teaming up to hit home runs for prostate cancer research and encourage fans to "Keep Dad in the Game" as part of the yearly celebration of Father's Day and annual Home Run Challenge. MLB and PCF encourage baseball fans to visit HomeRunChallenge.org to make a pledge for every home run hit during MLB games played from June 13 through Father's Day, June 19. Representatives from the Prostate Cancer Foundation will be recognized during pregame ceremonies.
Sunday, June 12
- Kids Poster Presented by the Potomac Nationals: The first 10,000 fans ages 12 and under who enter the ballpark through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals Kids Poster presented by the Potomac Nationals. The poster features Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon. Tickets for Sunday's game are available at nationals.com/tickets.
- Youth Baseball & Softball Parade Presented by Inova: The Nationals welcome all area youth baseball and softball teams to participate in a pregame parade along the warning track. The first 5,000 youth participating in the pregame parade will receive a Nationals athletic compression sleeve courtesy of Inova Sports Medicine. Tickets can be purchased at nationals.com/groups.
- MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition: Before the game, the Nationals will host the Team Championship round of MLB's Pitch, Hit and Run program. PHR provides children ages seven through 14 the opportunity to showcase their baseball talents in a free nationwide skills competition. The winners will be recognized in pregame ceremonies.
- Kids Run the Bases: All kids ages four through 12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday regular season home games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members will have access to an exclusive line that will go onto the field first. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, visit nationals.com/jrnats.
Monday, June 13
- 2016 Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Stephen Strasburg: To celebrate the beginning of the DC Public Library's 2016 Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, RHP Stephen Strasburg will visit Hearst Elementary School on Monday, June 13 to read to and interact with local youth. If interested in covering this event, please RSVP to Chris Browne at Christopher.Browne@nationals.com.
- Pups in the Park #4 Presented by Budweiser: On Monday night, Nationals fans and their canine friends can enjoy Pups in the Park presented by Budweiser. Fans and their pups will enjoy the designated Pup Zone in the Family Picnic Area, featuring pet sitters and representatives from the Washington Humane Society and Fetch! Pet Care. All proceeds from dog tickets benefit the Washington Humane Society. Visit nationals.com/pups for tickets and additional information.
Tuesday, June 14
12th Annual Night OUT with the Nationals: The Nationals will join Team DC in hosting the annual Night OUT event, one of the largest LGBT nights in professional sports. A portion of the proceeds from Night OUT ticket sales will benefit Team DC's scholarship fund. Several members of the LGBT community will take part in pregame ceremonies, including:
- Ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Mr. Leslie Jordan, Emmy Award-winning actor from "Will and Grace"
- National Anthem will be performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C., with guest Ty Herndon
- Lineup card delivery by Bishop Gene Robinson
- Play Ball announcement by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
- Spirit Award will be presented to Billy Bean, MLB's Vice President of Social Responsibility & Inclusion, and Kevin Minoli and Nancy Bates of "Team Mona," created in honor of Nancy's wife, Mona Alcazar, who passed away earlier this year
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nationals.com/NightOut.
- $1 Ice Cream Presented by Good Humor: Fans can purchase select ice cream novelties for just $1 at all Nats Dog stands until the start of the sixth inning or while supplies last. Some restrictions apply.
Wednesday, June 15
- Tote Bag Presented by MLB Network: The first 25,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Tote Bag presented by MLB Network.
CURLY W LIVE
Want to see more photos, videos and fun features about your favorite Nationals players? Want to learn more about what's happening at Nationals Park and what the team is doing in the community? Nationals fans are encouraged to check out Curly W Live, the official blog of the Washington Nationals, by visiting curlyw.mlblogs.com. To subscribe, enter your email address on the right-hand side of the page under "Follow Curly W Live."
INOVA FUTURE STAR PROGRAM
Inova Sports Medicine and the Nationals want to recognize your future star! The Inova Future Stars program encourages parents, coaches and friends to nominate baseball or softball players of all ages that exemplify the true spirit of sportsmanship. Post a video or photo on Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #InovaFutureStar to enter. All submissions will have the opportunity to win a unique VIP experience at Nationals Park, including a chance to meet a Nationals player along with batting practice passes, on-field recognition and tickets to the game. For more information on the program, visit nationals.com/inovafuturestars.
2016 MLB ALL-STAR GAME VOTING
The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is officially open! Nationals fans can cast their votes by visiting nationals.com/vote. You can also receive the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot by texting VOTE or VOTA to 89269. Remember: vote today, vote tomorrow, vote Nats!
PARKING, SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION
Metro's Safe Track Plan started Saturday, June 4, and is expected to cause delays throughout the Metro system. Please visit http://wmata.com/rail/safetrack.cfm regularly for the most updated Safe Track information and allow extra time traveling to and from Nationals Park.
Visit nationals.com/waytogo for information on parking and additional routes to Nationals Park. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.
As part of Major League Baseball's ongoing safety enhancements at all ballparks, Nationals Park introduced walk-through metal detectors before the 2015 season. These safety precautions will continue throughout the 2016 season. The Nationals have added metal detectors at all entrances, including Third Base, as well as the ADA First Base Accessible entrance. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of extra time when getting to their seats.
Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are numerous new construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.