- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

PRESIDENTIAL SEATS, ROW 1

Chances are these choice seats already have been gobbled up by business executives or K Street attorneys. But if you can find a ticket, the $325 price tag just might be worth it: padded chairs, plenty of leg room, a parking pass, food and beverage service and access to the air-conditioned President’s Club. And you’re so close to the action the umpire might turn around and ask for help calling balls and strikes.

BEST VIEW OF THE CAPITOL

SECTION 420, ROW N

One of the ironic things about Nationals Park is that some of the least-expensive seats provide some of the best skyline views. For $18, you can sit here and clearly see the Capitol Dome, nestled between two of the office buildings being erected on M and Half streets. Seats in the lower bowl don’t offer this view, so if you want to be reminded that you’re in Washington, sitting up here is the way to do it.

BEST VIEW OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

SECTION 236, ROW L

You’ll have a clear view of the world’s most famous marble obelisk from these seats overlooking the third-base line and home bullpen. Move over a section, and you might be blocked by the foul pole, so be careful which seats you select. Seats in this row cost $18, but you could move up a few rows and pay $10 for a view of the monument that is nearly as good.

BEST VIEW OF BOTH THE CAPITOL AND MONUMENT

SECTION 401, TOP FOUR ROWS

If you’re totally obsessed with seeing these D.C. landmarks from your seat, you can pay a mere $5 to sit here. But there’s a catch: To see the both the Capitol Dome and Washington Monument, you have to turn around in your seat. Well, make it two catches: You’re also stuck all the way down the left field line, about as far away from the game action as possible.

BEST VALUE, UPPER DECK

SECTION 222, ROW M

These seats offer a great view of the field and the scoreboard, and they’re closer to the field than many seats that cost twice as much. Chances are, you’ll be nicely shaded in this section and might even be able to turn around and catch a glimpse of the Anacostia River. In a ballpark where tickets cost more than almost every park in the majors, these $10 seats are a great value.

BEST VALUE, LOWER BOWL

Section 104, Row A

There aren’t very many bargains in the lower bowl, but $35 — just $25 if you buy a seat here as part of a season package — is a good deal for a front-row spot overlooking the outfield. Sit here, and you can walk directly to your seat from the main entrance. The view of the scoreboard is good, you have easy access to the outfield restaurant and concourse, and you might even catch a home run ball.

WORST SEAT

SECTION 222, Row X

If there’s one thing you want to see when you’re at the ballpark, it’s the hitter while he stands in. But a few seats in this row provide an obstructed view of home plate because of the configuration of the adjacent deck. Even at just $10, these seats don’t deserve to be sold to anyone.

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