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.