Fans attending yesterday’s pre-season game between the Boston Red Sox and your Washington Nationals got a sneak preview of one of the neighborhood’s most talked-about additions: Fairgrounds, the replacement for the Bullpen and Das Bullpen.
Though the huge lot remains a construction site, it was pretty easy to picture what owner Bo Blair has planned as the building blocks for this season: A large stage that will feature bands at one end, bars selling $6 16-ounce beers from coolers, a variety of food trucks hustling lobster and shrimp rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, empanadas and tacos.
Basically, it looked like a large-scale Truckeroo, the Bullpen’s monthly festival of 20-plus food trucks, in a parking lot surrounded by recycled shipping containers.
More attractions will be added as we get closer to Fairgrounds’ (and the Nationals’) opening day on April 12, including corn hole games, TVs for viewing sports, activities for kids, and, promisingly, a selection of artists and merchants selling their wares in shops constructed out of shipping containers.
Stay tuned, because there’s much more to come about Fairgrounds..