Baseball followers throughout the D.C. space will head to the District immediately because the Washington Nationals’ host their 2024 dwelling opener in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A flag is being unfurled earlier than Opening Day at Nationals Park.
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Screech the eagle watching the field at Nats Park
A mascot watches from the seats at Nationals Park throughout Opening Day on Monday, April 1.
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WTOP/Luke Lukert

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Baseball followers can anticipate new concessions on Opening Day at Nationals Park.
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Baseball followers throughout the D.C. space are heading to the District Monday afternoon because the Washington Nationals host their 2024 dwelling opener in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, whereas Mayor Muriel Bowser will give the decision to “play ball!”

First pitch is 4:05 p.m.


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Washington (1-2) was in final place for many of the 2023 season, however this spring, they discover themselves forward of the New York Mets (0-3) and Miami (0-4), after dropping two of three in Cincinnati.

There’s at the least extra pleasure surrounding the 2024 Nationals versus final yr’s workforce, in response to WTOP Sports Reporter Dave Preston’s Nationals Notebook.

Monday’s rain is predicted to taper off by the afternoon, simply in time for the sport, in response to 7News First Alert Meteorologist Eileen Whelan.


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Park gates open at 2 p.m. Pregame ceremonies, together with a U.S. army flyover, are scheduled to begin round 3:30 p.m.

The workforce stated the primary 20,000 followers who arrive will obtain an Opening Day reversible bucket hat, because of sponsor PenFed.

Tickets to the game have been nonetheless obtainable Monday round midday.

The workforce is exhibiting off some futuristic expertise that may greet followers after they present as much as Nationals Park this season.

Using expertise known as “Go-Ahead Entry,” followers will now not want to indicate their ticket in an effort to enter the stadium — all they should do is present their face. But not each entrance will likely be geared up with the cutting-edge expertise, that means followers who don’t need to take part don’t must, in response to WTOP Reporter Nick Iannelli.

There’s additionally a brand new high-resolution scoreboard, with a much-touted wonderful readability.

WTOP’s Dave Preston, Nick Iannelli and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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