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'NatsFest' announced for March 30

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The Nationals announced their official schedule for NatsFest, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 at Nationals Park.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationals.com/natsfest or by visiting the Nationals Park Main Box Office. Concessions will be available for purchase and limited free parking will be offered in Nationals Park Garages B and C. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free curly ‘W’ slingbag. 

Per the Nationals’ release, here’s the schedule of events for the festivities.

·         Team Practice:  4 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Fans can watch the team practice as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day.
 
·         On-Field Meet and Greet: 6:15 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.
Following the team practice, fans will be able to venture down to the Warning Track to meet Nationals players and coaches.
 
·         Season Ticket Holder Photo Station: 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. in the Stars & Stripes Club
By showing their NatsFest tickets (located in their season ticket book), season ticket holders will have a special opportunity to take photos with Nationals players. This exclusive event will feature two sessions of three to five photo stations consisting of two players each. (season ticket holders only)
 
·         Special Q&A Sessions and Live Music: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk
Nationals players, coaches and broadcasters will field questions from fans in three Q&A sessions moderated by VIP hosts. A live band will play intermittently between sessions and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
o   Session 1: Players and Coaches (begins at 3:30 p.m.; season ticket holders only)
o   Session 2: Broadcasters (5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)
o   Session 3: Coaches (7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
 
·         MLB Legends, Leaders & Future Stars: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the PNC Diamond Club
Fans will be able to register to take part in Q&A sessions with a panel of current and former MLB players.
o   Session 1: MLB Legends (5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
o   Session 2: MLB Legend, Leader & Future Star (6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.)
o   Session 3: MLB Legend, Leader & Future Star (7:30 p.m. -8 p.m.)
-          Registration is on a first come, first serve basis in Center Field Plaza beginning at ­­­4:00pm
 
·         Catchers Corner: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Auxiliary Locker Room
In this kids-only event, fans 12 and under can take photos with Nationals catchers.
-          Only one parent per child will be admitted into the locker room to take photos
-          Space is limited; Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis
 
·         Guitar Hero Contest: 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. in the Family Fun Area
For a $5 donation to the Dream Foundation, fans over the age of eight will be able to register for a chance to compete in a Guitar Hero contest, with the day’s high score winner ultimately facing off against a Nationals player in the final round live on the NatsHD Video Board at 7:50 p.m.
-          Registration is on a first come, first serve basis in Center Field Plaza beginning at 4:00pm
 
·         Race the GEICO Racing Presidents: 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. on the Warning Track
Fans will be able to enter their names into a free raffle to race the GEICO Racing Presidents on the Warning Track. Fifteen children and five adults will be selected to race against Abe, George, Tom and Teddy in four heats of five.
-          Registration will take place at 4 p.m. near the GEICO Racing Presidents photo location
-          Raffle winners will be announced at 6 p.m. 
·         Batting Cages: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Visiting Club’s Batting Cages
For a $5 donation to the Dream Foundation, fans of all ages will have an opportunity to hit live pitches in a Major League batting cage.
-          Space is limited; Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis
 
There are also lots of events and attractions going on throughout NatsFest.

In addition, prior to gates opening to the general public at 4 p.m., Nationals season ticket holders will have exclusive access to a Q&A session featuring Nationals players, coaches and executives beginning at 3:30 p.m. Season ticket holders must bring their NatsFest tickets (located in their season ticket book) to gain early entry into Nationals Park starting at 3 p.m. In addition, season ticket holders can participate in a special photo session with select players at 6:45 p.m. 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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