Saturday, July 1, 2017

Washington Nationals Peanut Free Game!

Last weekend, we took the kids to their first official MLB game.  I'm only slightly heartbroken that it wasn't my beloved Red Sox at Fenway, but I'm okay with it being the Nationals.  Frankly, I'm okay with anyone as long as it's not the Yankees (still in denial that I married a New York boy).

A few months back, I stumbled upon an article about peanut free baseball games.  I did a little research and initially reached out to the Baltimore Orioles organization since I was able to find a contact name/number for their tickets.  Unfortunately, I was late to the party and all of their games were sold out except for one game that didn't work for our calendar.  Next up, I went to the Nationals website, but didn't have much luck finding out information.  I sent a general inquiry to their tickets site and within minutes I received back an email with further information about purchasing tickets and we were able to score tickets to an afternoon game!  The process was super simple and everything was handled over email and fax.

Fast forward a few months later and we were strolling into Nats Park!

I had absolutely zero expectations for the seats, the view, etc.  All I cared about was that the chances of peanuts being near us was greatly reduced.  

To say I was blown away by our seats was an understatement...

What a view!

Turns out that our seats were in the suites section!  I really need to start reading the fine print.  

The Nats organization reserved several suites for peanut free families for the game (and several other games during the season).  The suites were beautiful and the view along the 3rd baseline was great.  The added benefit of having access to air conditioning inside was worth every penny!  Our seats were roomy and we had a nice counter in front of us to put our drinks.  We didn't know any of the other families, but everyone was SO nice.  (I mentioned to Nick that there is definitely the added benefit of sitting with other "families" vs drunk college kids or random strangers screaming obscenities during the game!).  Another added benefit was just the space.  We could roam a bit and not feel like we were blocking anyone's view or interrupting anyone around us.  Grant crawled all over the floor (total 2nd kid), Georgia danced in the aisle, etc. and no one batted an eye.  It was nice to be able to stand, stretch or just watch the game from inside for an inning and then come back out to the seats.

My boys are looking baseball ready
Grant LOVED all the action, especially the loud music!
We also had access to much nicer bathrooms that were tucked away from the giant lines snaking into the gigantic bathrooms on the other levels of the stadium.  When traveling with a diaper wearing infant, quick and easy access to bathrooms are key!!

Mr Party Animal loved the people watching!
Go Nats!
It was amazing to be able to watch the game without the worry/anxiety of someone near us opening a giant bag of peanuts.  Ironically, we left the suite to grab some dinner and as soon as we sat at a table for 10 seconds, the family at the next table over opened a bag of peanuts and the peanut shells and dust starting flying everywhere.  And... back to the safety of the suite we went!  

Sporting my Nats visor that I got for free during the last game I went to circa 2011 (memo to self - we gotta get to more baseball games with or without these kids!)
Grant was a total rock star during the game.  We hit horrible traffic getting into the city, so he managed to squeeze in a 90 minute nap during our commute to the stadium.  He was ready to roll for game time.  He stayed awake the entire game and then immediately crashed on the ride home.  His favorite activities included dancing, clapping, standing on his chair and watching whoever happened to be inside the suite!

Totally cracking up at the kids inside the suite who were sweet enough to wave and play peek-a-boo with him!

Did I mention the air conditioning?  Because in the DC summer heat, it was a total blessing to be able to head inside for a few minutes to cool down!
She was amazed that she could watch the game on the tv... even though it was happening right outside the door!

Who let this goon inside?!?
The game was a ridiculous blow-out and the Nats creamed the Reds.  We decided to stroll around the stadium on our way out knowing that traffic getting out of the area was going to be ridiculous.  We stopped by guest services and they issued certificates to both of the kids since it was their first MLB game.  The lovely lady there also gave them both a few packs of baseball cards.  Georgia ripped into them on the way home and managed to score a David Ortiz card.  The timing couldn't have been better with Big Papi's number having been retired at Fenway just that week!  She even let me keep it (parenting score!!!).

Overall, I was so happy with how the day went.  The process for ordering tickets was super simple.  The suite was amazing.  A huge thanks to Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals, and all the other teams out there who recognize that food allergies are deadly and scary.  I used to be the person eating the peanuts in the park and giving out peanut butter cups at Halloween.  Now, I just want my kid to be happy and healthy while enjoying a ball game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon!

We'll definitely be back for another game next season!

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