Playing football! Citizens open 2022 season against Mets after rain delays

The Washington Nationals face the New York Mets in the first game of the 2022 regular season. Here’s what you need to know for opening day.

Washington Nationals right-back Juan Soto (22) greets his first baseline teammates before the opening day baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After rain set it back, the Washington Nationals’ first game of the 2022 regular season against the New York Mets Thursday at National Park finally began after more than four hours.

Loyal fans waited for hours in the rain in what WTOP reporters described at the scene as a “festive” mood as baseball returned to DC once again.

And for fans who faced delays and rainy weather until the end of the match, trains were suspended between Congress Heights and Navy Yard for a police investigation. Shuttle buses were provided for those heading south of the Navy Yard.

Start time changed – again

The match was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. after a three-hour delay due to bad weather, but this was postponed again. 6:15 p.m. – Less than an hour before the temporary start of the game – Official Nats Twitter account tweet an announcement for the second delay, with a follow-up at 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

WTOP’s Sarah Jacobs reports that fans were a little disappointed with the rain, but kept their umbrellas on hand.

“It’s an American tradition, we’re really big fans of baseball and we haven’t been able to do that kind of thing in two years,” Darren said, at a NATS game with his family from Kensington, Maryland. “It’s great to get them out.”

Two fans who were part of a group of four who attended every opening day said that tradition is a bond of friendship. They said they always plan to stop working during opening day.

Jonathan Stahl, Nationals vice president of experience and hospitality, said Nationals Park opened its doors to fans after 5 p.m. All tickets and parking tickets for the original start time of the postponed match are honored.

“All of our focus is to take care of the predictions and make sure that when the game starts, we’ll be right there in the field, it’s safe and playable,” John Turner, the Nationals’ director of field operations, said earlier. Thursday.

Those not interested in getting out in bad weather can watch the game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Despite the rain, Turner told WTOP that the field is designed for drainage.

Citizens Opening Day:

start pitchers

Left-handed Patrick Corbin made the start on the hill for Washington. Since having a career year in 2019, the 32-year-old has struggled in each of the last two seasons, setting a combined 11-23 record with an ERA of 5.82. However, manager Dave Martinez said he saw a different pitcher during spring training.

Right-handed Taylor Miguel was the New York starter. He finished the 2021 season with a 4-6 in 18 starts with an ERA of 4.52.

Entering the stadium

Entry to Nats Park should be quicker this season as new metal detectors will allow fans to walk right through the gates and head to the turnstiles to scan their tickets without having to clean their pockets.

This year, fans are allowed to bring only clear and transparent bags. Diaper bags and medical bags will be an exception, but you will have to pass through the ADA-Family Lane, along the central field gate and your bag will be checked the old-fashioned way. Small opaque clutch bags measuring 5″ x 7″ or smaller are allowed. Read more about the baggage policy.


Fans who arrived at the game may notice that one of the popular Navy Yard sports bars may not be open “essentially” before the game starts. Walters’ owner, Jeremy Gifford, said the D.C. Department of Transportation has told him that their style is not compatible, and that “due to public safety and traffic safety,” the restaurant cannot use it on game days.

Inside the stadium, many new dining options this year are local, with some that weren’t available before. Favorite areas you’ll find on the list this year include Rockland’s BBQ, Hard Times Chili, Duke’s Grocery, and Roaming Rooster.

Cash will not be accepted this year at Nationals Park to help keep the lines moving faster. Last year, nearly 40% of all food and beverage orders were fulfilled by ordering via the Ballpark mobile app. This year, team officials are hoping to expand use of the app so fans don’t have to wait too long, if not at all.

A tag containing a QR code for mobile ordering
The team encourages Nationals Park visitors to use the Ballpark Mobile App when ordering food and drink. (WTOP/Nick Agnelli)


What do you expect from the citizens of this year? The WTOP Sports Team discusses the predictions for this year’s youth roster and more in this week’s edition of the DC Sports Huddle, available to hear before throwing the ball at Nats Park.

And check out the WTOP Sports Team’s predictions for this season in the video below.

WTOP’s Jose Omania, Sarah Jacobs, Abigail Constantino, Alejandro Alvarez, John Domaine and Jack Poynter contributed to this report.