Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Relocation Process Comes Friday
Once again, it was raining--hard. But, we were not deterred. Sohna and I headed out, yet again, to New Nationals Park for this morning's Press Conference signifying the completion of The Grass Playing Field on South Capitol Street. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty was there, along with Our Washington Nationals Team President Stan Kasten, as well as--all the top players from The DC Sports & Entertainment Commission--Matthew Cutts (Chairman), Greg O'Dell (CEO) and Bill Hall (Vice Chairman). Those moments given to view the field first hard, were nice--as well as another opportunity to view the Construction Progress of the new ballpark.
Despite all that, the most important information we were seeking concerned Season Ticket Holders. When will everyone be notified on their relocation? When Payment will be due? How many Seats have been sold--and when will that Very First Game be played?
Here's the Crib Notes Version--just the facts. I still need to transcribe the Stan Kasten availability to the Press, as well as, comments from the many dignitaries. At the end, Mr. Kasten was kind enough to personally show Sohna and I The Founders Club--behind the Home Plate Stands and its views overlooking the Nationals Indoor Batting Cage and Media Interview Room. Its Going to BE NICE!!
This coming Friday--November 16th--all Season Ticket Holders from Classes of 2005, 2006 & 2007 will be sent, via First Class Mail (not overnight) their Seat Locations and Invoices. According to Mr. Kasten--as he personally told Sohna and I this as we walked from The Founders Club--there will be Two Payment Options. You can pay In FULL by December 14 or make a Half Payment. Those that pay in full, by that date--WILL RECEIVE--a special Ceramic Replica of New Nationals Park. Those who pay half down--will have one more month to pay off their invoices. All this information will be included in the packet sent to Season Ticket Holders on Friday.
This Packet will also include a Tentative 2008 Schedule. There is still some uncertainty, though.
Club Level is SOLD OUT. Most of the Higher Priced Presidents Club and Diamond Club Seats are mostly sold. Suites, according to Mr. Kasten--are selling well. The Lower Main Bowl is mostly sold to FULL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS--except for the corner sections down each base line. Partial Season Ticket Holders requesting Lower Bowl Seating--have been placed in Left Field.
50% of all Seat Requests by Fans during Relocation received their FIRST CHOICE. 90% Received one of their first THREE CHOICES.
There wil be some sort of Get to Know Your Seat type events--but no dates yet--as The Ballpark is still VERY MUCH a Construction Site. Mr. Kasten told me this is something the Team Definitely wants to do, just not sure of the dates.
Although, All Season Ticket Holders are invited to a Special Get to Know The Park Exhibition Game on March 29th--against The Baltimore Orioles. This GAME IS FREE for all Season Ticket Holders. No Individual Game Seats will be sold. The Remainder of Seats will be provided that day only--for Our Washington Nationals Programs for Youths in the City.
Mr. Kasten is still hoping to play a March 30th Season Opener Night Game on ESPN. The Logistics have not worked out.
There are still SOME Infield Gallery Full Season Tickets Available (not Terrace as I originally wrote--thinking too much of Our Former Section 320--thanks ABM). The Team officially states they are working off a Full Season Ticket Holder Equivalent of 15,000 Season Ticket Holders at the end of 2007. A few thousand more have signed up since.
Those 2008 First Time Season Ticket Holders will be placed in their seating about 4 weeks from now. This would allow for any last minute jockeying by anyone that might not be happy from 2005, 2006 or 2007 Season Ticket Holder Classes wanting to change their location.
Single Game Tickets for 2008 will go on sale in Mid-February.
The Free Shuttle from RFK Stadium to New Nationals Park is still being discussed between The City and Our Washington Nationals. From the looks of those at this Press Conference upon answering this question--you have to figure its going to happen. No one seemed taken back by this problem.
Those are the Basics. The African Queen and I took another ton of pictures covering the ballpark. Also, we had a nice chat with Jacqueline Dupree from JDland.com. She's like a celebrity. Everyone wanted to say hello to her.
More coming later--as I transcribe the Stan Kasten Interview. If you have questions--please let me know. There might be some information that I can pass on that--doesn't come to mind right now.