With the recent announcement from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowing Nats Park to welcome 5,000 lucky fans through its gates, the 2021 MLB Opening Day at the ballpark and beyond will bring a new level of hope and excitement. No matter where you're taking in the action, here's how to make sure you won't miss a minute.
When is Washington Nationals Opening Day?
The Nationals play at 7:09 p.m. on Thursday as part of the 2021 MLB Opening Day full slate of curtain openers. It's the first of the Nationals' three-game home stand with the New York Mets. The final two games are at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. This is also the second straight season the Nationals' season opener will be televised on ESPN.
What Will Opening Day look like at Nationals Park?
Bowser's announcement permitting 5,000 fans, out of the ballpark's 41,313 capacity, means the Nationals will have one of the least attended games for Opening Day in the league. Only Boston (4,500), the Mets (4,200), Toronto (1,275) and Detroit (1,000) will have fewer fans at their ballparks this week.
D.C. remains in phase two of Bowser's reopening plan, but fans should be ecstatic to even get the 12.5% of the stadium's capacity after Bowser's March 4 announcement wasn't as optimistic. Pods of six people will be socially distanced at Nationals Park. Face coverings are required at all times besides when eating or drinking while seated.
How to Watch Washington Nationals Games
Washington Nationals games will be broadcast on MASN properties all season long, starting with Washington's second and third games vs. New York on Saturday and Sunday. Fox and Fox Sports are slated to broadcast eight Nationals games.
How to Get Tickets to Washington Nationals Games
Due to the limited capacity for the Nationals Opening Day, only Season Plan Holders will be welcome back to the ballpark to start the season. Updates will be provided should Bowser and the city continue to reopen as more of the population gets vaccinated.