The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are preparing for today’s rematch between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 pm today, but DDOT and MPD will follow the same game plan used to get fans to and from the ballpark on Wednesday, with some minor adjustments to account for the later start time.
“Overall we were pleased with how traffic flowed yesterday, considering about 10,000 additional vehicles were on the roads during the evening rush hour,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “Today the schedule works more in our favor but we still anticipate another sellout crowd and our approach will be the same.”
The gates at Nationals Park will open at 1:30 pm today, and just like Wednesday, fans are encouraged to allow extra time to get to their seats.
Information about transportation options and routes to the stadium is available online at nationals.com/waytogo.
Once again, Capital Bikeshare and its operator Alta Bicycle Share will provide a corral at the N and 1st Street, SE station next to the stadium. Staff will be on hand to check in bikes from members before the games, and the bikes will be available after the games as well. There are other Bikeshare stations in close proximity as well. For more information visit www.CapitalBikeshare.com. More than 100 Bikeshare members took advantage of the corral for Wednesday’s game.
Fans driving to the game can avoid the worst of the congestion by delaying their trip home and patronizing local businesses. The Capital Riverfront BID lists places to dine on its website at http://www.capitolriverfront.org/neighborhood/maps/dining. Other nearby options include Barracks Row and Capitol Hill.
DDOT will have dozens of traffic control officers and other personnel stationed at intersections around Nationals Park, working with officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to guide vehicles and pedestrians safely through the area. In addition, Road Operations Patrol (ROP) units will be on the ready to clear disabled vehicles, and engineers will monitor traffic and remotely adjust the signal timing to mitigate delays.
MPD is also advising motorists that the following streets will be closed:
- N Street SE, from 1st Street to S. Capitol Street
- Half Street SE from M Street to N Street
- Van Street SE, from M Street to N Street, accessible only to taxis and stadium traffic
- 1st Street SE, from M Street south to Potomac Avenue, accessible to stadium traffic only
- Potomac Avenue SE, from S. Capitol to 1st Street, accessible to stadium traffic only
Commuters are also encouraged to consider altering their travel plans to avoid the congested roadways around the stadium including M Street SE/SW and South Capitol Street. Alternative routes for outbound traffic include Pennsylvania Avenue, Benning Road and New York Avenue to reach points east of the Anacostia River.