With Opening Day finally arriving this week, excited fans in the nation’s capital are getting ready to head out to Nationals Park for the first time in 2019.

When preparing to spend a day with the family at the park, keep in mind the team’s latest update to their stadium security policies. Specifically, the new backpack policy.

In their latest effort to keep fans safe and secure at the ballpark, the Nationals announced their newest guidelines for backpacks and other bags. 

Backpacks are no longer allowed to be brought into Nationals Park, in an effort to enhance ballpark safety. There will be exceptions to the rule, however.

“Exceptions may be made for backpack diaper bags or backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. All purses, briefcases, drawstring bags, diaper bags and soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16”x16”x8” will still be permitted,” according to the team’s release.

The Nationals know this may be viewed as an inconvenience for fans, especially those with younger children. But the focus here is on safety.

“The safety of our fans, staff and players at Nationals Park is always a top priority. We are constantly assessing our procedures in an effort to make our ballpark safer,” said Scott Fear, Washington Nationals Vice President of Public Safety and Security. “We understand the implementation of these procedures will take some time for our fans to get used to, but our organization is dedicated to making Nationals Park the safest environment possible for everyone in attendance.”


For more information on the Nationals Bag Policy, included a complete list of permitted bags and how ticket holders can request exceptions, fans can visit