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Nationals Park

\ Fans won’t be allowed in until 3:30, but there is already a long line down First Street for fans looking to get the $5 tickets for the game. I was told that tickets would only be distributed at the main box office, but it appears they are sending the line around the corner. (The team had said fans would not be permitted to line up before 3 p.m. but I think that’s unenforceable.)\

\ The block of Half Street stretching from the Navy Metro station to the ballpark has been decorated with arches of red and white balloons, and they’ve placed a red tarp down right in front of the main entrance.\

\ Ground crews are getting the field ready for play; they are carving the curly “W” into the centerfield grass. In a few hours, the first season at Nationals Park will officially be under way.\

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