Betting at Nationals Park

Located south of the Capitol in Washington DC, Nationals Park is home to the city’s MLB franchise and the 2019 World Series champion, the Washington Nationals. It’s also one of the four stadiums in DC that were awarded a class A sports betting license. It’s easy for Maryland sports bettors to get to as well.

This permit allows Nationals Park DC to host a retail sportsbook on-site and offer geo-fenced, limited online wagering via affiliated apps. 

Nationals Park houses a BetMGM-powered retail sportsbook adjacent to the stadium. The BetMGM app is also available for mobile betting, but you can only use it in the venue’s immediate vicinity. 

During this virtual tour of Nationals Park, you’ll learn about the stadium’s features, including:

  • Where is Nationals Park in Washington DC? (1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003)
  • BetMGM sportsbook that operates on the premises 
  • Types of bets available at the retail book and the app 
  • Additional information about the venue (history, stadium capacity, parking, and more) 

About Nationals Park in DC

Where is Nationals Park? This is probably something that visitors interested in catching a Nationals game or getting a piece of the action at BetMGM would want to know.

Nationals Park is nestled along the northern bank of the Anacostia River, just a few blocks south of the US Capitol. The stadium is one of the most prominent landmarks in the fast-developing Capitol Riverfront area. 

The exact address is 1500 South Capitol Street SE. 

The construction of Nationals Park began in 2006. It was designed by Populous and Devrouax & Purnell Architects and Planners. The cost of the project was $611 million. 

Nationals Park opened its doors in 2008. It was the first professional sports venue in the country to achieve LEED certification, a mark of eco-friendliness.

The leftfield concourse and centerfield plaza of Nationals Park are lined with Kwanzan cherry trees, the symbol of the nation’s capital.

The Nationals Park’s capacity is 41,339, making it the 16th largest MLB stadium in the country in terms of capacity. The lower deck holds around 22,000 seats, the upper-level seats roughly 12,100, and the stadium also features 2,500 club seats. 

If you’re interested in the Nationals Park seating chart, you can find it on the seat map on the official MLB website

Nationals Park hosts the Nationals’ home games in the MLB. The stadium hosted several high-profile baseball games, including the 2018 All-Star Game and the 2019 World Series

The venue has hosted many concerts and non-sporting events, including musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Taylor Swift, and Billy Joel, among others.

A wide variety of dining options are available at Nationals Park, including bars, restaurants, and 28,000 square feet of concession stands.

Sports Betting at Nationals Park 

On Jan. 31, 2022, BetMGM opened a sportsbook across Center Field Plaza in the former Center Field Social space. This marked the first MLB stadium to launch a sportsbook on-site. 

The BetMGM sportsbook at Nationals Park features 40 large TVs with live odds boards, six betting windows, and 17 self-service kiosks. Additionally, there’s a 40-foot bar and full-service dining options. The sportsbook is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

During non-event days, BetMGM Maryland sportsbook guests can park at the GEICO Garage for free.

Bets Offered at Washington Nationals Park 

The BetMGM sportsbook at Nationals Park has a similar betting program to the other two retail sportsbooks in DC. Various wager types are available, including moneylines, totals, and spreads. You can bet on the Nationals and the other 29 MLB teams. The sportsbook also has odds on other major sports and non-mainstream markets like golf, tennis, and soccer. 

Let’s take a closer look at each bet type offered by the BetMGM sportsbook at Nationals Park. 

Moneyline Betting at Nationals Park

With moneyline bets, you’re picking the game’s winner. If you take the Nationals at plus (+) odds, that means BetMGM has them as the underdogs in the matchup. The number shows how much you stand to win from a $100 bet. 

If the Nationals are represented with a minus sign (-) on the moneyline, that means they’re the perceived favorites. In this case, the attached odds show how much you’re required to wager to win $100. 

If there’s a vast odds discrepancy between the two sides, that implies a potential blowout. 

Spread Betting at Nationals Park

Spread betting is called run line betting in MLB. If you bet on the Nationals when you’re the favorites, they must beat the underdog by a particular margin. If they’re the underdogs, they must lose by less than the line indicates or win the game straight up. 

The run line is usually set at -/+ 1.5. 

Totals Betting at Nationals Park

A totals bet in MLB involves betting on whether the two teams will score more runs combined than what the sportsbook predicts. It’s the same in other sports but centered around other scoring units.

Let’s pretend the Nationals are playing the New York Yankees and the totals line is set at 7.5. If you took the Under and the final score ended up being 4-3, you win your bet. If you took the Over, you lose. 

Parlay Betting at Nationals Park

At the BetMGM sportsbook at Nationals Park, you can add multiple outcomes on one bet for a larger payout. For instance, you can combine the Nationals to win their game outright on the moneyline and the Washington Wizards to win on the spread. Both selections must be successful for your bet to win. 

Horse Race Betting at Nationals Park 

Horse race betting isn’t currently offered at the BetMGM sportsbook that operates within Nationals Park. You’d have to go to neighboring Maryland or Virginia to bet on horse races. 

Nationals Park Partnerships 

The Nationals signed a multi-year partnership deal with BetMGM in 2021 that allowed the gambling giant to open a retail sportsbook at the stadium. BetMGM also received marketing rights as part of the deal and had its logo displayed on the team’s social media platforms. 

Besides opening a retail outlet, BetMGM was permitted to launch a mobile betting app with some restrictions. Specifically, users can only bet via the app if they are within two blocks of the stadium.

Nationals Park Rewards 

Users of the BetMGM app at Nationals Park can take advantage of the sportsbook’s loyalty program — M life Rewards — which is integrated across MGM Resorts properties in the country. You can earn Tier Credits online and at the retail sportsbook, and the accumulation rate is based on your betting activity. 

The loyalty points will determine your status in the program. You can redeem them for various benefits, including free bets for online play and in-person perks like complimentary cruises, room discounts, and more. 

Nationals Park Parking 

The ballpark is easily accessible by car and public transportation. It has access points from I-295 via the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and I-395 via the Southwest Freeway. 

Nationals Park is only a half-block away from the Navy Yard Metrorail station and within walking distance of Capitol South Station. The area is also served by several bus lines, including V1, P6, 74, W9, and A9. 

Regarding Nationals Park parking, the options are replete at various pricing tiers. Several garages are available on-site, including Garage C and the GEICO Garage. Parking lots open 2.5 hours before the game and close one hour after. The average price varies between $20 and $50 during the regular season.

On match day, it’s recommended that you purchase a parking ticket in advance. Paying for a parking ticket in person requires a credit card as the parking lots are cashless. 

Nationals Park Accommodations 

You’ll find several accommodation options adjacent to Nationals Park, including

  • Thompson Washington D.C. address: 221 TINGEY STREET SE, Washington, DC, 20003
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard address: 1265 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard address: 50 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard address: 1233 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States

Nationals Park Client Services 

Visitors at the stadium can utilize guest service for any questions or hangups. You can find them in sections 103, 131, and 320. 

If you need immediate assistance, text “NATS” along with your location and question to 202-980-4357 or via Twitter at @natsparkservice.

Nationals Park Online Sportsbook 

While you’re at Nationals Park, you can place your bets through the BetMGM app, but certain caveats apply. By law, legal sports betting apps in DC require users to be situated within two blocks of the sportsbook’s affiliated venue. 

Otherwise, the BetMGM app is available for download on iOS and Android devices. Apart from the above-mentioned loyalty program, the operator serves up some of the best sportsbook bonus offers in DC for new and ongoing customers. These include odds boosts, referral bonuses, and more. 

Nationals Park DC FAQ

Where's Nationals Park located?

1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington, along the newly developed Capitol Riverfront. It sits along the Anacostia River and plays home to the Washington Nationals, an MLB franchise. The stadium is a short walk from the Navy Yard Metrorail station and is easily accessible by car and bus.

Is Nationals Park open 24/7?

You can get inside Nationals Park two hours before the first pitch through the Center Field gate. The BetMGM sportsbook adjacent to the stadium is open every day from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

What restaurants are available in Nationals Park?

Nationals Park features a wide range of food and beverage options, including various concession stands serving food from local restaurants like Hard Times Cafe, Duke’s Grocery, and Roaming Rooster. You can buy food at restaurant vendors via cashless methods like Apple Pay and debit/credit cards. This is due to the cash-free policy which the stadium imposed due to the pandemic.  

How old do I have to be to bet at Nationals Park?

The minimum gambling age in DC is 18 years or older, as opposed to 21. Therefore, you must be 18 or above to place wagers in-person at the BetMGM retail sportsbook or online via the BetMGM mobile app. 

Does Nationals Park have an online sportsbook?

Yes, Nationals Park features the renowned BetMGM online sportsbook, one of the largest gambling brands in the country. By law, you must be situated within a two-block radius of the stadium to place online bets. The sportsbook will use geolocation technology to pinpoint your location. You can sign up from anywhere in DC, but you must be located inside the designated area to bet. 

What sports can I bet on at Nationals Park?

BetMGM features comprehensive market coverage, including odds on all four major professional sports. You can also bet on niche sports like UFC, Formula 1, cycling, and darts. You can bet on these sports in person at the retail sportsbook or via the app. 

Can I bet on horses at Nationals Park?

No, the BetMGM sportsbook that operates from Nationals Park doesn’t offer horse race betting at the moment. 

About the Author

Joshua Buckley

Sports Content Manager
Joshua Buckley is Sports Content Manager for MarylandSharp.com. Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of "Whole Lotta Wolves," the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanders FC podcast.