MLB All-Star Weekend is Back at the Nation's Capital

The last time the All-Star game was in Washington, DC was in 1969. Therefore, if you live in the DMV, (that is DC, Maryland and Virginia for those who are playing at home) it has been nearly 50 years since the locals have been able to attend the midsummer classic. Last year Washington was well represented as the Nationals sent five players (Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg) to the All-Star game. Nearly sending a sixth player, Anthony “Tony 2 Bags” Rendon, who should have been selected.

My family has always enjoyed baseball, but the chance to witness all of the All-Star festivities in my backyard was a big reason my wife and I decided to become half season plan holders. It was once in a lifetime opportunity and despite the cost, we really wanted our two boys to have this experience.

Major League Baseball gets one-third of the tickets and Washington Nationals plan holders get the next batch of tickets. Full season plan holders get All-Star game priority, half season plan holders get All-Star game access and partial plan holders are placed in a lottery. Those who are not plan holders will have to purchase tickets via Stubhub or some other purchase vehicle.

Think of the All-Star game as a value meal because when you buy tickets to the All Star game you have to buy the entire strip to all of the festivities. You can't select only the events you want to attend. It's either all or nothing. The festivities include:

  • All-Star Game
  • Home Run Derby
  • Workout Day
  • All-Star Sunday Events
  • FanFest
  • Commemorative Program

Unfortunately, we will not be able to sit in the Red Porch 100, which is our section. We are not thrilled about being relocated to Section 103, but we will still get our fair share of homerun opportunities during the homerun derby. I hope that Bryce Harper participates. I know my boys will be excited. It is going to be a costly weekend, but it will be an experience my family will enjoy and one my kids will never forget. How can you put a price on that?