If you've got it and you want to flaunt it at the new Nationals ballpark slated to open next season, get ready to pay $400,000 for the best seats in the house.
The Nationals showed off details of the new ballpark—including 66 suites—this week in Washington, DC. While the idea of cherry trees in the ballpark is novel, the suites, which are currently named after former presidents, will provide a key revenue stream for the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Nationals. As reported by Tim Lemke of the Washington Times:
There are the eight Washington Suites, which the Nationals claim will offer the best sightlines in baseball and as much as 880 square feet of space, making them larger than many Pennsylvania Avenue apartments. With prices starting at about $400,000, buyers of the Washington Suites will receive access to a baseball-themed sports bar and lounge populated with high-definition televisions, currently dubbed the "Nationals Club."
For about $175,000, fans can move one level up in the ballpark to one of the 22 Lincoln Suites, featuring private buffets, bars and lounges and access to the two-level "Stars and Stripes Club," home to a variety of food stations and panoramic views of the Anacostia River. And for $150,000, fans can get into a Jefferson Suite, a more humble suite also offering access to the Stars and Stripes Club.
The Nationals report that pre-sales of the suites, which began two-weeks ago have been good. There's been sensational reaction," said Nationals president Stan Kasten.
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