— Matt (@geneticlyperfct) June 30, 2014
There are many giveaways scheduled during this Nats Park homestand: 25,000 Bryce Harper bobbleheads on Monday, 15,000 Nats travel blankets on Tuesday, 25,000 t-shirts on Saturday. You could also expect nice crowds for fireworks on Wednesday, and for the July 4 matinee, and for a pair of games against the Orioles next week.
With that in mind, here’s a center field gates update: Starting Monday night, the two lanes to the furthest right as you enter from center field — the two lanes closest to the team store — will be dedicated to season ticket holders.
Now, you might remember that there have been four dedicated planholder lanes in the past. Thing is, the rules weren’t really enforced, and anyone could and did use these lanes. Some fans mentioned this problem to the team, and so the team decided it should either take down the signs about dedicated lanes — which you can see in the above photo — or actually enforce the rules. And so starting this week, there’s a new model: you will need to have your access card to use those two dedicated lanes, and you’ll need to show it as you pass through, to identify yourself as a planholder.
Monday night, with its Bryce Harper bobbleheads, is one of the most important dates on the schedule “to our fans and planholders,” chief revenue and marketing officer Valerie Camillo told me. “So we wanted to provide that point of differentiation that we promised them.”
The team also announced earlier Monday that “due to the demand for tonight’s bobblehead,” the left field, right field and center field gates would all open at 4:30. Typically, just the center field gates open that early.