Despite calls from its board chairman and from Max Scherzer to stay open later for the MLB playoffs, Metro has stood firm in its stance that it will continue to stop daily operation at midnight. Because of that persistence, and unless something changes, Nationals and Dodgers fans heading to Nats Park for Game 5 will be left in a tight spot.
The decisive matchup in the NLDS will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, making it the first time this issue has really come into play (Games 1 and 2 started in the early evening and afternoon, respectively, and Games 3 and 4 were in Los Angeles). That late start means there's a very good chance those in attendance will have to choose between staying for the conclusion or leaving early to catch a train home.
According to Baseball Reference, Game 1 was 3 hours and 46 minutes, Game 2 ran for 3 hours and 55 minutes, Game 3 slogged on 4 hours and 12 minutes, and Game 4 lasted a breezy 3 hours and 44 minutes. Overall, that equates to an average length of 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Therefore, barring a dramatic change in the way the series has played out so far, this potential issue will become a real one late Thursday. So don't be surprised if the stadium starts emptying out in the later innings, even if the Nats and Dodgers are in the middle of a close one.
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