Nationals fans, you're going to get at least one more season at the Fairgrounds.
Last month, the Washington Business Journal broke the news that D.C. developer Akridge had agreed to sell the site of the Fairgrounds, a piece of land abutting Nationals Park known as Akridge at Half Street, to rival developer the JBG Co. The parcel is expected to become "two new residential buildings and a large amount of what one executive called 'dramatic' retail."
That might be good news for the neighborhood, but our primary concern was whether we'd have to find a new place to drink beer and eat hot dogs on sunny weekend afternoons this summer. Fairgrounds owner Bo Blair put those worries to rest today. "JBG bought our land, and we're good," he said. "We'll definitely be there for the entire season."
Don't expect the Fairgrounds experience to change from the now-familiar formula of standing around in a giant lot enjoying live music, food trucks, corn hole, canned beer and frozen margaritas before and after games. "We're so year-to-year, so we can't really plan ahead," Blair explained. "We got word over the last few weeks that we're going to be there. It's going to be pretty much" the same as last year.
Fairgrounds opens for the first time this year on April 4, before the Nats' preseason game with the Yankees, and will continue to be open two hours before and after all Nats games. (The exception is opening day, April 6, when gates open at 9 a.m. for the 4:05 p.m. game, and ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" will broadcast their show live.)
The Truckeroo food truck festival will return one Friday per month when the Nationals are on the road, with the first events scheduled for April 24 and May 15.
The Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. www.fairgroundsdc.com.