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1500 S. Capitol St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003, United States

The ballpark for the Washington Nationals (the baseball team formerly known as the Montreal Expos) opened in the spring of 2008, and it’s the first LEED-certified professional sports facility. One of the things that earned Nationals Park this distinction is its pedestrian-friendly site, about a mile and a half south of the Capitol Building: it’s on the Anacostia riverfront, part of an effort to reclaim and redevelop a seedy industrial area, and it’s convenient to the Navy Yard Metro station. Most fans will likely pick up on the 6,300-square-foot green roof atop the hot-dog stand over by left field, and the observant ones will notice that their beer comes in cups made from biodegradable, corn-derived plastic. Less visible is the series of four cisterns beneath the park, designed to filter peanut shells and the chemicals used to maintain ball-field grass out of the runoff water before it reaches the long-abused river. Fans who bike to the park will appreciate the free valet bike-parking service.

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Nationals Park

The ballpark for the Washington Nationals (the baseball team formerly known as the Montreal Expos) opened in the spring of 2008, and it’s the first LEED-certified professional sports facility. One of the things that earned Nationals Park this distinction is its pedestrian-friendly site, about a mile and a half south of the Capitol Building: it’s on the Anacostia riverfront, part of an effort to reclaim and redevelop a seedy industrial area, and it’s convenient to the Navy Yard Metro station. Most fans will likely pick up on the 6,300-square-foot green roof atop the hot-dog stand over by left field, and the observant ones will notice that their beer comes in cups made from biodegradable, corn-derived plastic. Less visible is the series of four cisterns beneath the park, designed to filter peanut shells and the chemicals used to maintain ball-field grass out of the runoff water before it reaches the long-abused river. Fans who bike to the park will appreciate the free valet bike-parking service.