Grandstand Seating: Just 5 Bucks

Fans  began to line up 3.5 hours early to purchase $5 tickets on Saturday.
Fans began to line up 3.5 hours early to purchase $5 tickets for Saturday’s 1.5 games.

The A-to-Z Guide for Nationals Park gives fans a very short description of Grandstand seating.

Seating in Sections 401 and 402 offers a great value at $5 per ticket for Regular, Prime and Marquee Games ($15 for Diamond Games). Grandstand seats go on sale at Nationals Park each gameday 2 1/2 hours prior to first pitch. Grandstand seats are limited to one (1) ticket per customer and the customer must be present at time of purchase. Upon purchasing Grandstand seating, fans must immediately enter Nationals Park.

There is very little information besides the above quotation about these seats available online.  I’ve been buying Grandstand seats for the last few years so this blog post should answer most questions you may have about “the cheap seats.”

The Grandstand seats are located in Sections 401 and for 402.
The Grandstand seats are located in Sections 401 and 402 and the seats are mostly covered.

What are the seats like?

Sections 401 and 402 are on the Gallery Level of Nationals Park and they are among the most under-appreciated seats.  These seats are on the shady side of the ballpark making them ideal for sunny days.  Almost all of the seats in these two sections are covered making them perfect for days when the forecast calls for rain.  They are also in close proximity to bathrooms and the escalator providing for a smooth exit from the ballpark.

Lines for Grandstand seating can form 3.5 hours before a weekend matchup.
Lines for Grandstand seating can form 3.5 hours before a weekend matchup.

How early do you need to be to get tickets?

The tickets go on sale 2.5 hours before first pitch.  How early you need to be is really a function of three factors—the day of the week, the opponent and whether there is a desired giveaway.

I’ve had virtually no issues getting a seat in the Grandstands during weekday games.  Last week, for example, I purchased a seat just one hour before the first pitch of the Tuesday, July 7 matchup between Max Scherzer and Johnny Cueto.  That night was also a 10-Year Tuesday Giveaway, but a lapel pin is less highly sought after than a Jayson Werth Gnome.

My luck was much different for the Friday, July 17 matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  I arrived at the box office about one hour before the first pitch and was disappointed to find out that the Grandstand seats were all sold out.  The least expensive tickets available were $42.  Grandstand seats can sellout quickly especially if the Nationals a premiere opponent like the Dodgers.  It is recommended that you leave work early on Friday to get your tickets.

Weekend games typically draw the largest crowds.  Lines for Grandstand seats routinely start to form 3.5 hours before the first pitch, but you generally don’t need to get in line until 2.5 hours before the game.  One benefit of arriving early is that you can request a seating preference (like an aisle seat) at the box office.

Are seats always $5?  How often are tickets $15?  What’s the deal with playoff seats?

Grandstand seats are almost always $5.
Grandstand seats are almost always $5.

Grandstand seats are almost always $5.

This season there were only three “Diamond Games” when Grandstand seats were $15—Opening Day and both regular season Yankees games.

Unfortunately, Grandstand seats are not available for $5 during the playoffs.  Expect to pay around the same price as an Upper Gallery seat during the playoffs—around $50 per ticket including fees.

We hope you found this helpful.  See you in the Grandstand!

Update: The Nationals have been selling 1,500 Standing Room Only tickets for the regular season games. Those seats go on sales as soon as all physical tickets are sold, including unsold tickets and they are available at the box office if they do not sell out online. Last season, postseason Standing Room Only seats sold out completely online so box office sold nothing on the day of the game.

3 thoughts on “Grandstand Seating: Just 5 Bucks

  1. Spencer,

    Great article. You mentioned that you could get the grandstand seats for $50 for playoff games. Is it the same procedure (showing up extra early) to get the seat, or do you buy these ones online.

    Just looking for the cheapest possible options for the playoffs *knock on wood* this year.

    Thanks!

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    • Good question. The grandstand seats will go online at the same time the rest of the tickets go on sale. Many people will line up early for Standing Room Only tickets. Nationals Park has open concourses so there are plenty of great places to watch the game without buying a seat.

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  2. Update: The Nationals have been selling 1,500 Standing Room Only tickets for the regular season games. Those seats go on sales as soon as all physical tickets are sold, including unsold tickets and they are available at the box office if they do not sell out online. Last season, postseason Standing Room Only seats sold out completely online so box office sold nothing on the day of the game.

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