The Washington Times - July 23, 2008, 03:44PM

The Nationals have figured out a new way to fill some of the oft-unoccupied premium seats at Nationals Park.

Any fan who buys tickets to at least five of the Nats remaining 12 weekend home games will receive a free PNC Diamond Club ticket for the Sept. 25 season finale against the Marlins. (Those are the seats in the second section behind home plate and the Presidential Seats. They normally sell for $170.)


There are a couple of catches, however.

For the required weekend games, fans have to sit in any of the following sections: RF Mezzanine (Sections 223 through 239), LF/RF Box (Sections 104 through 106 and 140 through 143) or LF/RF Corners (Sections 107 through 109 and 135 through 137). Tickets in those sections range between $33 and $36 for non-premium games. So at minimum, a fan must spend $165 to be eligible for the free Diamond Club ticket.

Also, it’s worth noting that the free Diamond Club ticket does not include the complimentary $35 food and beverage credit. So you’re getting nice seats behind home plate but not getting the full “Diamond Club” experience.

The Nationals yesterday announced a few other new promotions, including “Miller Lite Party Night” on Friday home games on August 1, 15 and 29 and September 19. On those nights, fans can buy a Scoreboard Pavilion ticket (sections 240-243) for $25. Those tickets, which include a voucher for a complimentary drink, normally cost $34.

Other new giveaways include:

- Sunday, August 3, first 10,000 kids 12 and under get a Panda Webkinz courtesy of MASN.

- Friday, September 19th, first 20,000 fans get a Nationals camouflage hat.

- Sunday, September 21st, the first 10,000 kids 12 and under will receive a Nationals Kids Backpack.

- Tim Lemke