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Nationals fans on Metro head back to NoVa in large numbers after games, WMATA data shows

A map showing where Nationals fans exit the Metro system after games. The bigger the circle, the more riders. (Matt Johnson/Greater Greater Washington)

Matt Johnson over at Greater Greater Washington dug out some interesting data from the folks at Metro recently, concerning where Nationals fans exit the system after the games. Somewhat surprisingly, the Gallery Place stop had the most trips from the Navy Yard stop, but Vienna and Pentagon City ranked second and third, and the Franconia-Springfield stop ranked sixth.

The three NoVa stops coming in high is not surprising after we learned in April that 60 percent of fans attending Nats games are from Northern Virginia. Johnson theorizes that Gallery Place tops the list because fans are headed there for a drink after the game. The other top DC destinations — U Street, Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights — are also entertainment centers, so either DC’s fan base comes from those gentrifying areas, or the lack of libations near the stadium causes mass exodus from the Navy Yard area.

At top is a graphic composed by Johnson, with the larger circles representing the greater number of riders exiting. For far more detailed and intelligent analysis of what the ride patterns mean, and a complete list of where all stations rank, read his piece here. Feel free to add your intelligent analysis in the comments.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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