Nationals Park: Making History
Nationals Park has revived Washington, DC into a baseball town once again. It’s only fitting that the nation’s capital proudly celebrates the nation’s favorite pastime. Learn more about the exciting milestones of this sports stadium and event venue.
Home of the World Series Champions, the MLB’s Washington Nationals
2008 - The Washington Nationals start the MLB season in their new home stadium, Nationals Park. The venue becomes the nation’s first professional stadium to become LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. In April, Pope Benedict XVI visits Nats Park and celebrates Mass with 47,000 people.
2009 - Three honorary statues are installed in the park to commemorate Walter Johnson, Frank Howard and Josh Gibson. On June 4th, despite a Nationals loss to the San Francisco Giants, MLB history is made when Randy Johnson becomes the twenty-fourth pitcher to reach 300 wins.
2010 - On June 8th, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg makes his first major league appearance to a sold-out crowd and sets a new team strikeout record. On August 26th, Albert Pujols of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals hits his 400th career home run and becomes only the 47th player in history to do so.
2011 - Nationals Park becomes home to the Washington, DC Sports Hall of fame.
2018 - For the first time since 1969, DC hosts the 2018 MLB All-Star game, with festivities held across the city.
2019 - Local fans go wild when the Washington Nationals win the 2019 World Series. “Natitude” sweeps the District as our hometown team seals the franchise’s first World Series championship by defeating the Houston Astros, 6-2, on the road on Wednesday night in the winner-take-all Game 7 on Oct 31, 2019.