Nats Park Painted Blue

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | 8/24/2010 01:27:00 PM | , , , | 3 comments »

One of the distinctive qualities of Nationals Park is the press box (Shirley Povich Media Center*).  Instead of being built above or between decks like most parks, it was placed in the upper deck and in a ballpark filled with blue seats and made with light-colored materials, the bright red two-story press box stood out.

The press box was painted blue while the Washington Nationals were on the road in Atlanta and Philadelphia last week. It really blends in with the seats. Without knowing the reason behind the change, fans at the park last night were guessing that the Nationals wanted the press box to be less distracting and not the focal point of the park. One fan made this observation.

What do you think of the red vs. blue press box? 

*The press box in Nationals Park has been named the Shirley Povich Media Center, in honor of the late Hall of Fame baseball writer. A longtime friend of Nationals Managing Principal Owner, Theodore N. Lerner, Povich entertained fans with his daily musings in "This Morning with Shirley Povich," in particular by his writings on baseball. Nationals Park state-of-the-art video and audio system is an integral component of the Shirley Povich Media Center. (From Nationals website).

The Center Field food court area with Hard Times and the CF Plaza area/Garage B were also painted blue last week. The red tent on garage B stands out even more now, however, I think that the blue on the bottom wall really warms up the outfield and gives it a more intimate feel. 

Does having less red in the park make the red "pop" when fans are "getting their red on" (wearing red)?

What do you think?  Did you even notice?  Do you care one way or the other?



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  1. admin // August 25, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

    big fan of the changes....some how it makes the place feel a little richer and less campy ...

  2. Cheryl Nichols // August 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

    Admin: Thanks for you comment. The Twitter responses were about 50-50. Many liked the red because it was unique and part of the "Get Your Red On" slogan.

  3. Suz // August 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

    How about painting that tacky, faded red tent on the roof of the parking garage blue? Or getting rid of the danged thing altogether?