The Nationals announced a “Take Back the Park” campaign designed to keep droves of Phillies fans from taking over the stadium when Washington hosts Philadelphia this season, according to the Washington Post.
“Frankly, I was tired of seeing it,” Nationals COO Andy Feffer told the Washington Post. “Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it’s our time right now.”
“We’ve heard it enough, we’ve seen it enough, and I don’t like it any more than anyone else,” Feffer said. “We’re trying to build a team here, and nothing irks me personally or the people here more than to see another team’s fans — particularly Philly fans — in our ballpark, holding up signs. That’s not the way it should be. And I think we’ve got an opportunity here to do something different.”
To do this, the Nationals are opening the sale of tickets for their May 4 series against the Phillies early to those who currently hold Nationals season ticket plans, or to those who live in Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. In years past, Phillies fans have organized bus trips down to Washington to “takeover” Nationals Park when the two teams played. The Nationals, who traditionally have had low attendance since their arrival in Washington, have previously been unable to avoid this phenomenon.