Friday, March 07, 2008
The Red Porch
Nothing stood out more at New Nationals Park yesterday than the "Red Porch". Attending The Cherry Blossom Tree Planting Ceremony--gave me the opportunity to explore a new area of The South Capitol Street Ballpark. During each previous visit--this particular area was under heavy construction. No longer--as the Centerfield Restaurant is looking mighty inviting.
The Red Seats just stand out. All of course, have the Curly "W" molded into their sides. And the seats closest to The Red Porch Restaurant (The Centerfield Lounge), not only are fully padded, but have Elbow Side Table Rests every two seats. Included in this section is my favorite amenity in the entire ballpark--nylon rope cargo carriers attached to the bottom of each and every seat. You no longer have to worry about that jacket, sweater, purse, scorecard--whatever--being trampled on, spilled over or just plain trashed. No--now there is some protection from the discourteous ways of others.
Hallalujah!! IN A BIG WAY!!
These Cargo Carriers are just a simple and great idea. So much so, they should be added to every seat in the ballpark. Simplicity--what a concept.
Even better--the view of the game in front of you is nice. Now personally, I would not wish to sit in The Red Porch as a Season Ticket Holder every single game--but there is a definite attraction. Every once in while--the centerfield vantage point--with these added amenities would be inviting. Sohna loves the seating and it does not hurt that The Centerfield Lounge Section (the fully padded seats) includes a $20 Food Service Credit--alcohol also (Three Beers?). We are going to give it a try one night soon--into the season. You have to experience it all--or you just don't know--for sure.
Interestingly--behind but attached to The Red Porch Restaurant is a Video Display on the Centerfield Concourse--situated away from the field sightlines--allowing patrons to watch the game or other video events while moving around the back side of the ballpark. A thoughtful addition.
Also--the first of the Parking Garage Visuals is up on the East Garage. This one depicting all The National League Teams. The American League also will be represented, as well as, A Washington Sports Hall of Fame Banner--similar to the one over the right field fence at RFK Stadium.
Finally, I can't get enough of the vintage signage. Now including Thanks, or Gracias--en espanol. Nice touch to a very diverse community.