From Korean chicken wings to raw oysters, Nationals Park shows off new amenities for 2019

Aside from peanuts and Cracker Jacks, fans will be reaching for Korean fried chicken wings and oysters on the half shell at Nationals Park this year.

New dining options are among the many additions at  Nationals Park for the 2019 season. Nine concession stands were added, including chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno’s CHIKO in Section 238, with a menu that includes Korean fried chicken wings and bulgogi hoagies. Bao Bao’s new stand will be near Section 116 and serve house-steamed buns. Medium Rare will also serve a signature steak sandwich near Section 136.

Local favorite Hank’s Oyster Bar will join the fray , serving shrimp po’boys, fish sandwiches, and Old Bay fries in Section 108. D.C. Empanadas will serve Latin-American food in Section 244, with menu items like buffalo chicken empanadas. Nationals Park will also have Harris Creek Oyster Co. in Section 238 and will serve oysters on the half shell.

Some of the new dining options at Nationals Park. (Photo: Gabriella Novello, USA TODAY Sports)

Republic Restoratives, the first female-owned distillery in D.C., will serve craft liquors near Section 111 and their own Civic Vodka will be featured throughout the ballpark. In Section 107, the Cocktail Counter beverage stand will serve frozen and handcrafted cocktails. The Nationals also added the "Stella Artois Lookout Bar" above in Section 205 for fans to enjoy a beer and watch the game.

Employees will also carry handheld devices for fans to pay with credit cards if they don’t have cash. The local restaurants partnered with the ballpark will be available on a rotating basis through the food delivery app Caviar, so that fans can skip the lines and order for pick-up in Section 106.

The MLB.com Ballpark app will have new features, including Teddy, the Nationals new virtual assistant. Virtual reality will be at fans’ fingertips with the “NatsHunt” scavenger hunt, where fans can receive rewards and watch behind-the-scene content with players and coaches on the app.

Fans will now have three options when purchasing their NatsPass through the MLB.com Ballpark app. In addition to the standard $65 per month for a standing-room-only ticket at home games, fans can spend $85 per month for guaranteed seating and a standing-room-only ticket to sold out games. $125 per month will include a guaranteed seat and the option to upgrade to field-level seats three times per month.

The Nationals also continued their efforts to make the ballpark more environmentally-friendly. All disposable foodware at Nationals Park will be compostable and compost bins will be placed around the stadium. Paper straws will replace plastic straws to comply with D.C. law, however, fans can buy souvenir cups with lids that do not require a straw. In a partnership with WGL Energy Systems, the Nationals installed 4,080 solar panels at the stadium.

Nationals Park opened in 2008. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports)

The Nationals’ philanthropy organization, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, will hold its annual Homecoming Gala on March 26 to welcome home players and coaches as they walk down a red carpet at the Wharf in Southwest Washington.

Fans that miss the sold-out event can participate in the Battle of the Cocktails, where four restaurants will serve discounted drinks named after Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Patrick Corbin, and Adam Eaton. The player’s cocktail that receives the most votes will receive $5,000 for the charity of their choice.

Nationals Park increased the number of fireworks shows after games from one to five games. They will also have their inaugural Marvel Super Hero Day and give away a Captain America-themed bobblehead of Zimmerman on May 25. 

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