Half Street ‘Fairgrounds’: Shipping Container Market, Events Space – JD Land
The Bullpen, which for the last few seasons was the closest pre-/post-game watering hole to Nationals Park, is no more. The replacement is “‘Fairgrounds,’ a combination food, market and events space that will be open seven days a week from the beginning of baseball season through October 1.” Shipping containers are prominently involved.
The Market will be positioned on the Das Bullpen site at Half and M, across from the Navy Yard Metro station entrance. It will include “permanent” food truck versions of two of Blair’s restaurants: Bayou and its New Orleans/Southern-themed food and drinks, and Surfside with its beach-type offerings. There are also plans still being worked out to have a rotating roster of additional food trucks every non-game day.
This space will open at 11:30 am every day; on game days, the market and food trucks will remain open until two hours after the game ends; otherwise, it will stay open at least through Happy Hour, or later if patrons are still around. There will be a “spectator” deck built on top of the shipping containers as well as a music stage, with plans to continue to have local and regional bands play on game days. And of course there will be 20 HD televisions and plenty of cornhole sets. (Which I totally don’t get, but you kids have fun with it.)
There is still a long way to go before the neighborhood around Nationals Park lives up to its promise, but this is probably a step up from the Bullpen.
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Something that I think people forgot in all the antipathy between fans of the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans is the Nats won season series victory last year. That won me a cheesesteak from a friend who follows the Phillies, the Ombudsman. It was only the second time in the brief history of the rivalry that the Nats beat the Fleas head-to-head over the course of a season. The last time around was in 2006 and we met up in Philly. We skipped that since we now work a mile apart in Tysons; I claimed my winnings at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory in the food court of Tysons Corner Center.
I think I may have overdone the enthusiasm there a bit, I look the kind of guy who would write things like OUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS and talk about MY BEST FRIEND in my blog posts. The cheesesteak was enjoyable (though needlessly salty) along with not having to buy another half-smoke for the Ombudsman. I owed him a lot of those over the years. The challenge resumes in May for its 7th year — the first year we didn’t do it and the teams split anyway.
By the way, I don’t want the Nats to sign Prince Fielder. He may only be 27, but he is probably going to to be using “Old Player Skills” for most of whatever contract he signs. Also, his last name is kind of ironic when you look at his UZR.