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Celebrate AU at Nationals Park

By Tara Lang

Nationals Park

With the rising temperatures of summer, baseball season is in full swing, and at Nationals Park, American University is once again front and center. On Friday, August 30, the entire AU community will celebrate the university's two-year partnership with the Washington Nationals during AU's Night at Nationals Park, an evening full of Nats baseball and WONK fun. Eagles who joined in last year's celebration know to get their tickets early this year, as it's an event not to be missed!

Before the Nats take on the New York Mets in the 7:05 p.m. game, alumni, students, faculty, and staff will gather for a picnic dinner in the Family Picnic Area, inside the stadium on the main concourse. Guests will enjoy burgers, hot dogs, salad, kettle chips, and watermelon, along with visits from Clawed Z. Eagle and Skreech, the Nationals' mascot. Everyone will also take home a free Nationals WONK t-shirt (also given out to the first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium that evening).

No one will want to miss the game's opening ceremonies, with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi throwing out the first pitch. And be sure to stay for the spectacular post-game fireworks, sponsored by the university.

The picnic will start at 5:30 p.m., with the game at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include both the picnic dinner and a seat in the Left Field Reserved section. Guests will pick up game tickets at a will-call table outside the stadium.

As Nats fans likely already know from seeing AU and WONK advertisements at the stadium, AU renewed its successful partnership with the Washington Nationals for the 2013 season. Like last year, AU's nationally renowned WONK campaign is featured heavily at many home games with ballpark signage, scoreboard commercials, and in-game WONK challenges. All alumni, students, faculty, and staff can also take advantage of discounted tickets throughout the entire rest of the season:

LF/RF Baseline Reserved: $40 (usually $52)
Scoreboard Pavilion: $15 (usually $23)
Upper Infield Gallery (Upper Gallery Level): $10 (usually $20)

To purchase tickets for regular season games, visit and select the game of your choice. Click "BUY TICKETS", enter coupon code WONK, and click "APPLY".

Enjoy the Nats all summer long, but be sure to join us on August 30 for AU's Night at Nationals Park! To reserve your tickets, visit