The turf is growing, all the seats are nearly in and the high-definition scoreboard is lighted. The lights are glowing, and the water is flowing, with four weeks left to go before the opening of Nationals Park.For a real-time stadium cam, click here. For a WaPo photo essay tracking the construction, click here.
On March 30, before an expected packed house of 41,000 fans, the Washington Nationals will take the field for their regular-season opener against the Atlanta Braves. With visions of cherry trees blooming beyond the outfield and the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, the team is right on target to open the $611 million ballpark off South Capitol Street. In fact, construction executives say they might even clear inspections and get a certificate of occupancy within a week.
Workers have been racing to complete the ballpark since construction began nearly two years ago. Such an accomplishment would be a remarkable feat for a project that has kept to one of the tightest schedules ever for a stadium, officials said.
I've got my tickets--and can't wait.