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When will the Nationals truly ‘take back the park’?


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We’ve arrived at the biggest weekend so far on the Nationals schedule: Washington’s first series against the Phillies. Will Nats fans be there?

In February, the Nationals launched a ‘Take Back the Park’ campaign to reclaim Nats Park from the Philadelphia fans who in recent years have turned the district’s baseball home into Citizens Bank Park South. Thursday, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray even made it official, declaring this “Natitude Weekend.”

[Guide: ‘Take Back the Park’ campaign | Your Nationals photos]

But can the fan demographics turn around on hype alone? We’ll find out Friday night. But here’s what we want to know: What will it take for the Nationals to truly take back the park?

Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

DisclaimerThis is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.

From Gray’s ‘Natitude Weekend’ proclamation:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, do hereby proclaim May 4-6, 2012, as ‘NATITUDE WEEKEND” in Washington, D.C. and call upon all the residents of this great city to join me in celebrating the return of Major League Baseball to our nation’s capital.”

Will Nationals fans and district residents oblige?

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