If you’re planning to attend to a Washington Nationals game, you can get a great deal on tickets if you play your cards right. I have attended over a hundred games at Nationals Park since it opened in 2008 and have a few hacks to share for getting cheap Nationals tickets. I buy on one of three websites, depending on the circumstances.
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I always check Seatgeek first before looking elsewhere. Seatgeek is a ticket marketplace and aggregator where a lot of brokers list their tickets. This is usually the best option for weekday games or games against low-demand teams (like the Marlins or Padres). Low-demand teams aren’t necessarily teams with bad records, they’re the teams that don’t have huge fanbases in Washington, DC. For some games you can find cheap Nationals tickets here for less than half of face value.
Stubhub is an official partner of MLB, so you will usually find the largest volume of tickets here. Brokers typically list on all of the marketplaces and aggregators, but since Stubhub has higher fees, I rarely buy from here if the same seats are available on Seatgeek. The benefit of Stubhub is that MLB allows regular season ticket holders to set up a link between their account and easily list tickets on Stubub if they can’t attend the game. For that reason some times you’ll find more cheap Nationals tickets on here than you would on Seatgeek.
The benefits of buying direct from the team is that you can pick your exact seat and for high-demand games face-value tickets are often less expensive than you’ll find them on Seatgeek and Stubhub. I buy directly from the team for games I know will be high demand (like Independence Day) or against high-demand teams (like the Cubs or Giants). Again, high-demand teams don’t necessarily have the best records, but they have large fanbases in Washington, DC. The worst part about buying from Nationals.com is the fees you have to pay. But you can use the coupon code VISITDC to help knock that down a bit.