The upcoming 10-game homestand features a ceremony honoring Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier, a remembrance of the events on September 11, 2001, during Heroes Day, and the final installment of the 2016 Military Branch Days, U.S. Air Force Day. In addition, the homestand will include two exciting giveaway items, the Fan Choice Bobblehead and the Nationals Beer Stein during our Oktoberfest celebration.
Throughout the month of September, the Washington Nationals will celebrate loyal fans as part of Fan Appreciation Month. Fans will have the opportunity to win various prizes such as Nationals merchandise, authenticated items from Nationals players, NatsBucks and giveaways from the team's corporate partners.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
- Nationals to Honor Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier: In recognition of her more than nine years of service as chief of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, the Nationals will honor Cathy Lanier with a special tribute before the game against the Atlanta Braves. Chief Lanier will deliver the game ball to the game's starting pitcher, and several other representatives from MPD will participate in pregame ceremonies, including the lineup card delivery by Commander Jeffery Carroll, Special Operation Division, and the Play Ball announcement by Captain Robert Glover, Special Operation Division. MPD officers will also line the field during the ceremony.
- Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves: The Labor Day game against the Atlanta Braves will be presented by Edelman Financial Services. Tickets for Monday's game are available at nationals.com/tickets.
- Budweiser Music Party: Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Nationals will host a pregame music party presented by Budweiser. The event in the First Street Party Tent will include a performance by Joe Bachman & The Tailgaters, a mechanical bull and a roping contest. The special ticket offer for this event includes a game ticket, concert and one Budweiser, Bud Light or soda. More information and special tickets are available at nationals.com/BudMusic. Fans who have already purchased a ticket to Monday's game can purchase a separate ticket to the pregame music party for only $10.
- Winterfest Tickets: From 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the Advanced Ticket Sales window in Center Field Plaza to celebrate Winterfest tickets going on sale in-park. Santa will visit Nationals Park to celebrate Winterfest on Saturday as well.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
- Heart and Hustle Award Ceremony: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will recognize 2B Daniel Murphy as the Washington Nationals' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner before the game against the Braves. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
- Harper's Heroes: In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes is an ongoing program that treats families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. OF Bryce Harper will host families from the Harper's Heroes program before the Nationals take the field against the Braves. The VIP experience includes a private meet-and-greet with Bryce as well as a special batting practice viewing, T-shirts, tickets to the game and NatsBucks.
- Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: District Trivia, LLC will host a trivia contest at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 4:30 p.m. As always, the Budweiser Terrace will feature daily happy hour specials, including $5 beers from the time gates open until 35 minutes before first pitch.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
- Pups in the Park #5 Presented by Budweiser: Nationals fans and their canine friends can enjoy Pups in the Park presented by Budweiser. Fans and their pups are encouraged to visit 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.
- Golden Knights Parachute Team: The U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights, will perform in the air and parachute onto the field prior to Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Golden Knights perform at more than 100 events annually. They are one of only three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
- Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: DJ Stylus Chris will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
- Nationals Fan Choice Bobblehead Presented by MASN - Michael A. Taylor: The first 25,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Michael A. Taylor Bobblehead presented by MASN. In March, the Nationals gave fans the opportunity to vote for which player they would like to see as a bobblehead on this date. Tickets for Friday's game are available at nationals.com/tickets.
- Anthony's Academy All-Stars: Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will host a group of scholar-athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy - where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors - at Nationals Park for an opportunity to watch a Major League game. As part of this season-long program, the group will enjoy a private meet-and-greet, special batting practice viewing, tickets to the game and NatsBucks. For more information on the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, visit nationalsacademy.org.
- Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: Lovely Rita will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
- Oktoberfest - Beer Stein Giveaway Presented by Budweiser: Put on your lederhosen and come celebrate Oktoberfest at Nationals Park! The first 20,000 fans ages 21 and up to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals Beer Stein presented by Budweiser. Oktoberfest-themed activities will take place on the concourse, such as a Stein Hoisting Competition, a Keg Rolling Contest and a "Curly W" Pretzel Eating Contest. In addition, The Edelweiss Band and The Bavarian & Austrian Dance Company will perform in Center Field Plaza, and there will be special Oktoberfest-themed food items available at the concession stands, including Sauerkraut Balls, Currywurst and Sauerbraten. Tickets for Saturday's game are available at nationals.com/oktoberfest.
- Champions Day #2: The Nationals are proud to support youth baseball and softball in the D.C. area with the Champions Day program. The second of two Champions Days is dedicated to honoring area youth baseball teams who have won championship titles. These teams will participate in a special Champions Day presentation during the pregame ceremony and will receive complimentary tickets, a Champions Day T-shirt, a DVD copy of the ceremony and a team picture. For more information, visit nationals.com/championsday.
- Nationals/Inova Sports Medicine Youth Baseball Clinic: In conjunction with Inova Health System, the Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball. Children ages 8 to 14 participate in the free clinics, which include on-field instruction by Nationals coaching staff, a meet-and-greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
- Patriotic Series Presented by SAIC - Heroes Day: In remembrance of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, the Nationals will host the final game of the 2016 Patriotic Series when the team wraps up the series against the Phillies. The rescue, aid, military and law enforcement workers who serve our country every day will be honored as part of the observance, which will also include a variety of patriotic elements with special guests in attendance. Pregame ceremonies are dedicated to first responders and military and will recognize the efforts of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Highlights will include:
- U.S. Naval Academy Color Guard presenting our nation's colors
- More than 1,000 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and more than 100 First Responders from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region lining the field for the National Anthem performance
- More than 150 members of the U.S. Naval Academy Men's and Women's Glee Clubs and Gospel Choir performing the National Anthem
- Ceremonial first pitch thrown by the Honorable Ray Mabus, the 75th Secretary of the U.S. Navy
- D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums performing God Bless America
- Scout Day #5: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups from across the region are invited to Nationals Park for the final Scout Day of the 2016 season. All scouts who purchase Scout Day tickets will receive a commemorative Nationals Scout Patch. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/groups.
- Kids Run the Bases: All kids ages 4 through 12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday 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.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
- College Rivalry Day #2 - Georgetown & Maryland: D.C.-area rivals come together for the second 2016 College Rivalry Day at Nationals Park. With the purchase of a special ticket, fans can enjoy pregame festivities and take home a Nationals-branded cup with either the Georgetown or Maryland logo. Tickets for College Rivalry Day can be purchased at nationals.com/collegerivalryday. With the special ticket offer, $5 from every ticket sold will go toward either the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund or the Georgetown Athletics Excellence Fund.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
- Military Branch Days Delivered by UPS - U.S. Air Force Day: U.S. Air Force Day delivered by UPS, the last of the 2016 Military Branch Days, honors and celebrates the U.S. Air Force. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force will participate in pregame ceremonies and be special guests for the Salute to Service. Highlights will include:
- U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performing in center field
- 113th Fighter Wing, D.C. Air National Guard, performing a flyover before the game
- U.S. Air Force Honor Guard presenting our nation's colors
- General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, administering an enlistment ceremony
- Airmen from the National Capital Region lining the field for the National Anthem performance
- The Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Air Force Band, performing the National Anthem and God Bless America
- Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Capt. Christy Wise, Pilot, 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, GA
- Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, delivering the game ball to the game's starting pitcher
For more information on Military Branch Days, visit nationals.com/military.
- Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: Max Impact, the premier rock band of the U.S. Air Force, will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 4:30 p.m.
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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 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 the ballpark. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at 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 park should be aware of the many new construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.
For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.