Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (2022)

Best Seats for Being in the Shade

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With an average temperature nearing 90 degrees in the summer, Nationals Park goes under the radar as one of the hottest stadiums in the big leagues. Add in the infamous DC humidity and Nationals day games can get unbearable in a hurry. Fortunately, the ballpark offers three simple rules for finding seats in the shade:

  • Choose seats on the third base side
  • Pay the premium to sit in the club level
  • Avoid everything in outfield

Shaded Seats on the Third Base Side

For 1:35 p.m. games at Nationals Park, the third base side of the field will get shade before the first base side. There are four levels of seating on this side and the amount of shade varies by time of day.

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In the lower level (sections labeled in the 100s), shade will be tough to come by before 3:00 p.m.. The back two or three rows of sections 108-117 are often shaded at first pitch, butit usually takes the entire game for shade to reach the front rows. If sitting in the lower level is a must and shade is also a must, sit in the highest row possible.

All rows of club seats are shaded from 1:35 onward on the third base side of the field (more on the club level below).

While the view and the height of the Upper Gallery (400 level) may scare some people away, sections 401-409 are the best choice for getting shaded seats at a discount. These are some of the cheapest tickets for a Nats game, and all rows are shaded for day games.

Just in front of the Upper Gallery are 300-level sections simply called "Gallery". During the hottest months of the year, these seats are exposed to the sun at first pitch. As the game progresses, sections302-310 will start to become shaded and their back rows will receive relief first.

Club Level Shaded Seats

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If you have club level tickets for a Nationals day game, there's better than a 90% chance your seats will be shaded.

Third base and home plate club sections (206-216) are always shaded for games starting at 1:35 p.m. The shade will last the duration of the game so you never have to worry about the sun moving around.

On the first base side, sections 217-221 are shaded at first pitch and will continue to be until about the 6th inning. At this point, the sun starts moving enough where the front rows of sections 220 and 221 might be in the sun. Inning-by-inning the sun will start shining more and more on sections 217-221. If you absolutely must stay out of the sun, avoid these seats or know that you might have to escape to the indoor club lounge for the latter part of the game.

Outfield Seats Were Meant to Be in the Sun

Across all Major League ballparks there are very few outfield seats that are in the shade. This pattern holds true at Nationals Park where the outfield is a better spot forsoaking up the sun than hiding from it.

The worst seats for shade are right field sections 240-243. For the same price (or cheaper) you're better off getting a ticket in the upper reaches of the 400 level where the sun is not a factor.

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One exception in the outfield areare sections 139-142. A large overhang keeps rows M and above out of the sun for day games. As an added bonus, these rows are a short walk to concessions so you can quickly grab another beer or head to the restroom.

Best Places to Find Covered Seats

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If the heat wasn't bad enough, Washington D.C. sees rain about once every three days over the summer. For this reason, covered seating is almost as important as shaded seating. Unfortunately, the rules for finding covered seats at Nationals Park aren't as simple as the rules for finding shade. This is because there aren't any fully covered sections in the ballpark.

In the Same Section, Some Rows are Covered and Others Are Not

Because you can't pinpoint specific sections as being covered, you'll need to pay close attention to the row when purchasing tickets.

In the lower level, only the last couple rows are covered in a limited number of sections.

In the club level, the last five rows are covered (and you have access to an indoor area).

Within the upper level, nothing in the 300 level is covered. If you choose to sit here, you're getting rained on. Instead, save a few bucks and head to the 400 level where cover starts at Row C.

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In the Right Field Terrace and Mezzanine, the back half of rows are covered. Just be careful in the late afternoon or early evening. If the rain turns intosunshine, the overhead coverage won't stop the sun from beating down on you.

Finally, for the best overhead coverage in the outfield, the upper half of sections 139-142 will keep you dry.

Fan Comments

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  • "Third Base Seats Get Shade First at Nationals Park"

    Nationals Park gets incredibly hot during the summertime, so seats in the shade are at a premium during afternoon games. Sit on the third base side to get the shade first and to have the sun behind you. The 400 level on the third base side is much better off for shade than 300 level seats on the same side of the field. Meanwhile, most of the 200 level infield is well-covered from the elements. Avoid Sections 135-137 down the first base line on the lower level if you are sensitive to the sun....More

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  • "Front of sections 116-129 are behind the netting"

    There is some amount of netting or screening in front of sections 116-129. The height and coverage of netting or screening will vary by section. ...More

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    "Way Better Than Expected and Breezy!" -

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    Section 229, Row D, Seat 17

    Moved from a crowded club section to this one which was wide open. Ended up being pleasantly surprised with the seats.

    Great angle to the field meant very comfortable sidelines. And despite being pretty far down the line, they don't feel too far away.

    One bonus on this scorching day is that there was a nice breeze coming from behind. Nice in August, but probably not as much as in April.

    Row D is right on the edge of being covered. If it rained, my knees would probably get wet but my head would be dry.

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    "Great seats to watch the game from the home team side!" -

    Section 130, Row H, Seats 1-4

    Great view of the field, first base side. Not the best seat for getting a ball as most of the balls come up from the dugout and these are about 10 seats down the first base line from there. But, better field view and all of the action at 1st base than any in the park. ...More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (14)

    "Started in shade, ended in sun" -

    Section 139, Row K, Seat 3

    These seats were advertised as shaded seats but by the end of the game, they were in the sun. The game started at 1:05 PM. I would have appreciated an indication of the degree of shadiness during the entire game. ...More

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    "Great seats for watching the action!" -

    Section 130, Row H, Seats 1-4

    Great view of the field, first base side. Not the best seat for getting a ball as most of the balls come up from the dugout. But, better field view than those behind the dugout. ...More

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    "Great seats!" -

    Section 141, Row X, Seats 6-8

    These are set up for disabled customers but offer the best legroom in the park and the ability to get up and go to the concession stands or facilities at any time. ...More

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    "More seating room than anywhere for the money." -

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    Section 141, Row X, Seats 6-8

    These are seats at the end of the section designed for disabled. Great seats. Very roomy, easy to get in an out of, and covered from the sun/rain....More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (18)

    "NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals - Oct 14, 2019" -

    Section 224, Row W

    The seats are in the second row from the top. It’s a steep climb and it felt like there wasn’t much space between the rows. Great view though!...More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (19)

    "Great view" -

    Section 132, Row FF, Seats 1-3

    There is a bar located right at this row for cocktails beers water and sodas. The lines were really long due to the sell out crowd. ...More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (20)

    "Cheap But High" -

    Section 401, Row N

    Good view of the field but they are located quite high up. However since it's the last row access to concessions is really easy....More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (21)

    "New York Mets at Washington Nationals - Sep 2, 2019" -

    Section 139, Row S

    Seats in the first row overlooking the Nationals' bullpen. Completely under shade. Convenient to concessions and restrooms. ....More

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (22)

    "Great view" -

    Section 126

    Great section. Convenient to vendors, great view and close to the action. Foul balls all around!

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (23)

    "Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals - Jul 6, 2019" -

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    Section 416, Row K

    High up but good view and in the shade which was most important for a sunny day in DC.

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    "Food choices are lacking" -

    Section 309, Row F, Seats 18-19

    Food choices in the upper deck are not anywhere near as good as on the lower levels.

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (25)

    "Great shaded seats for a 1:30 game" -

    Section 112, Row S, Seat 13

    Close to concessions and restrooms, and in the shade for whole afternoon game.

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (26)

    "Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals - Jul 31, 2019" -

    Section 223, Row L

    Great seats. In the shade for a noon game.

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (27)

    "In the shade as promised. Great views of the game. Concessions very nearby." -

    Section 204, Row L, Seats 3-4

    All good excusing the loss by the Nats!

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (28)

    "San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals - Apr 17, 2019" -

    Section 135, Row A

    great seats.

  • Shaded and Covered Seating at Nationals Park (29)

    "Great seats, atmosphere, weather, shade 5th inning on" -

    (Video) Rob Parker Explains The Scene Inside Nationals Park During Nationals-Padres Shooting

    Section 116, Row W, Seats 11-12

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    FAQs

    What are the best seats at Nationals Park? ›

    The best seats for a Washington Nationals game are located in the premium sections described below, the Lexus Presidents Club, and the PNC Diamond Club. If those seats fall out of your price range, the Club level tickets around the infield (sections 206-221) are a fantastic option as well.

    Which side of Nats Park is shaded? ›

    Shaded Seats on the Third Base Side

    For 1:35 p.m. games at Nationals Park, the third base side of the field will get shade before the first base side. There are four levels of seating on this side and the amount of shade varies by time of day.

    Where is the best place to park at Nats? ›

    There's a parking lot right across the street from the stadium at 1620 S. Capitol St that only charges just over $20 for regular season games. It's the best bang for your buck for Nats games. You can even reserve a guaranteed spot there through a service called SpotHero.

    What are diamond seats at Nationals Park? ›

    The Diamond Club seats at Nationals Park are located behind home plate in sections 121-125 and rows A-H of 119, 120 and 126. These seats treat guests to desirable views and a host of amenities for Nationals games.

    How much are Diamond Club seats nationals? ›

    The club spans two floors and features premium seating right off the main concourse.
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    Full Season Plan Pricing.
    PNC Diamond Club Front RowPNC Diamond Club
    $160/game - 5 Year Term$145/game - 5 Year Term
    $185/game - 3 Year Term$170/game - 3 Year Term
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    What is platinum seating at Nationals Park? ›

    Platinum Seating

    Platinum tickets gives fans direct access to purchasing premium seats at market value. With Platinum tickets, fans can choose the perfect seat based on their individual preferences. Ticket prices and supplies of inventories are subject to change based on demand.

    What are nationals club seats? ›

    Features & Amenities

    Champions Club seats are located in sections 206-221 on the Mezzanine Level at Nationals Park. These seats provide ticketholders with some of the best views from behind home plate and around the infield. This is the premier place to sit for comfortable, unobstructed views of the field.

    How are seats numbered at Nationals Park? ›

    The seat numbers at Nationals Park follow a standard pattern, in that seat number one will be closest to the right of any given section when facing the field. For example, seat number 1 in section 115 will be closest to section 116 or seat number 1 in sections 140 will be closest to sections 141.

    What is standing room only at Nationals Park? ›

    “Standing Room Only tickets allow access to Nationals Park and the ability to watch the game without providing access to a specific seat.

    As a result, seats on this side will be shaded long before seats on the first base side.. Hall of Fame Club Seats are the Best Shaded Seats on the Third Base Side The best shaded seats at Citizens Bank Park are in the Club / 200 Level. Among seats on the third base side of the field, Hall of Fame Club sections 225-232 are the best seats for shade.. Terrace Deck Sections Are an Inexpensive Alternative to Club Seats If you need to stay out of the sun but don't care about the amenities in the club level, consider seats in the Terrace Deck (i.e.: 400s).. Finding Shade in the Lower Level is Hit or Miss Finding a shaded seat in the lower level often means sitting deep under an overhang. Fans who love the excitement of sitting close to the field will have a difficult time finding seats that aren't in the sun.. These seats on the first base side are shaded in the third inning, but will be in the sun by the end of the game. The Phillies dugout is on the first base side of the field.. Even in covered areas, it's almost impossible to find shade in right field in late afternoon. The list below shows sections that fans expect to be shaded but are not.. Sections 101-114 Sections 201-211 Sections 301-310 Sections 412-418

    Seat number 1 in section 115 is close to section 116 or seat number 1 in section 140 is close to section 141.. If you sit in rows C and higher, you will not see the safety railing at the front of the section.. There are good seats for great views.. The front rows of section 120 to 121 and section 125 to 125 at Nationals Park have some of the best views from behind home plate.. Most of the section is covered and protected from the sun, which is a good choice.. The Nationals have sections under cover that are great for shade.. The best seats for a Washington Nationals game are in the Lexus Presidents Club, which is located in the premium section.. There is a parking lot across the street from the stadium where you can park for $20 for regular season games.. The Washington Nationals ballpark has a sleek, more modern design that features a mostly glass and steel exterior.. There is only one collapsible umbrella allowed.

    Section 322, Row 13, Seats 18-19. Section 144, Row 9, Seats 20-23. Section 326, Row 7, Seats 1-4. Section 112, Row 20, Seat 26. Section 120, Row 20, Seats 11, 12. Section 157, Row 4, Seats 13-16

    The “covered seats at nationals park” is a question that has been asked by many people.. Sections 138–139, located behind the Nationals bullpen, are covered and provide good shade.. Which seats at Nationals Park is located in Washington, D.C. are covered, as well?. Shaded & Covered Seating Sit on the third base side to get the shade first and to have the sun behind you.. The 400 level on the third base side is much better off for shade than 300 level seats on the same side of the field.. If such seats are beyond of your price range, Club level tickets near the infield (sections 206-221) are an excellent alternative.

    The field level seats at Nationals Park consist of sections 100 through 143.. The gallery level seats at Nationals Park include sections 301 through 321.. The PNC Patio is a private outdoor party area for groups of up to 18 guests, and is located behind home plate, and above section 122.. When looking at the Nationals Park seating chart, Club 3 is located above section 210.. The suites are located on multiple levels throughout the stadium, and provide guests with various perks including comfortable outdoor seating, access to a climate-controlled indoor space, access to club level amenities, in-suite branding opportunities, assigned suite attendants, and much more.. The perks for the Washington Suites at Nationals Park include the following.

    Outfield Reserved 101-107 and 138-143:. Sections 101-107 sit in leftfield, in full sun for day games, while Sections 138-143 are largely shaded.. Above, I mentioned that the upper deck hanging over sections 138-143 may make some feel claustrophobic, but it will also protect young children (and adults) from heat and. sunburn making the experience more enjoyable.. Additionally, the Nationals sell tickets for these sections. under the "Family Fun Pack", which will include your ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a water or soda, for $27-$32.. Seats can also be purchased without the food items, for as little. as $12 online.. For about $20, the Nationals offer the "Family Fun Pack" for Right Field Terrace seats.. I know from experience that my children, despite loving baseball, usually want to return to the play areas around the 5th or 6th inning -. so I prefer sections that provide relatively easy access to those areas.. Nationals Park Section 140 - mixture of shade and sun. Photo Provided by SeatData

    It is common for the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins to hold spring training at jetBlue Park, the Lee County Sports Complex, and Hammond Stadium, and to attract a number of hardcore fans.. During this period, the Red Sox will play 34 games in 32 days, which they will play on 17 home fields, 17 away fields, and 4 home fields, as well as three interconference games.. While the Red Sox play eight games on Fenway South at JetBlue Park in 2022, these games will all take place.. During the season, JetBlue Park’s seating capacity can reach approximately 11,000 fans (including standing rooms and berms) as well as six practice fields and other adjacent facilities that house both the Major and Minor League teams in addition to rehabilitation and training facilities.. A new home to Boston Red Sox spring training has opened in Fort Lauderdale.. Located near one of the city’s largest malls, the Red Sox now possess a state-of-the-art spring training facility and player development complex which sets the benchmark for Major League Baseball franchises.. As well as housing Red Sox spring training games at JetBlue Park, it is home to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, who compete against other GCL teams.. A number of baseball teams are playing in Fort Myers this spring, including the Red Sox spring training at Fort Myers Stadium with berm seating which equals what Park of Palms has.. spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, along with state-of-the-art training facilities, including a battery of instructors, and a full force of physical training specialists arrived at the Boston Red Sox ready to serve our fans.. The base ball park is in Fort Myers, Florida in the Fenway South training facility as well.. The Boston Red Sox have relocated to JetBlue Park at Fenway South.. is used year-round by the Red Sox and its minor league farm teams – theWorcester Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs, Greenville Drive, and Salem Red Sox – and includes an 11,000-seat stadium, plus six baseball fields that includes training and medical services.. By 1992, The Winter Haven Red Sox had been effectively liquidated, when after 27 years in Fort Myer and their Fort Lauderdale FSL affiliate moved to Fort Lauderdale, their spring headquarters were moved.

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