The Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable sports and entertainment experience. Please review the Guest Conduct Policy below and enjoy your visit to Nationals Park.
The following guidelines have been established for guest behavior:
Within all ticketed areas, our staff will proactively support a family-friendly environment, free from the following behaviors:
The ballpark staff has been instructed to work in unison with guests and to intervene when necessary to help ensure that the above expectations are met. Guests are encouraged to report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest guest experience representative, security guard or Guest Services staff member.
Behavior in violation of the Guest Conduct Policy may result in the guest being ejected without refund, arrested by police, being subject to possible prosecution and/or having his/her NATS PLUS Membership and/or Season Plan(s) revoked. All NATS PLUS Members and Season Plan Holders are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons using their tickets. NATS PLUS Memberships and Season Plans, as well as Individual Game Tickets, are revocable licenses. The Nationals reserve the right to revoke ticket privileges for any reason and at any time during the season. The Nationals will notify in writing the NATS PLUS Member or Season Plan Holder of record of any report of fan misconduct.
To discreetly report unruly behavior or security issues during the game, fans are encouraged to text "NATS" along with a brief description of the issue and the location to 69050.
Smoking & Tobacco
Nationals Park is a completely non-smoking and tobacco-free facility per District of Columbia law. There is no exception for electronic cigarettes or any other type of smoking device, or for smokeless tobacco or any other type of tobacco product. Guests wishing to smoke or use tobacco products must go to the designated smoking area at the First Base Gate. Guests wishing to exit Nationals Park to smoke or use tobacco products must present a valid ticket and receive a wristband before exiting Nationals Park. Guests wishing to reenter Nationals Park must return through the metal detectors with a valid ticket and assigned wristband.
Banners & Signs
The Nationals welcome signs and banners consistent with the following policies and encourage fans to show their team pride. To ensure that signs, banners and fan activities do not distract from the enjoyment of sports games or other forms of entertainment, the Nationals require all guests to adhere to the following policy within the ticketed areas:
Banners and signs must be handheld and must: (a) utilize only cloth, paper or other light flexible materials, and may not be comprised of or supported by wood, metal or other hard materials that could be dangerous in a crowded public setting, (b) not be affixed to or draped over any part of the baseball park structure, whether facing inside or outside of the baseball park, and (c) be no larger than 2 feet by 4 feet.
Banners and signs may be displayed only (a) within the ballpark's seating area, (b) in a stationary manner, (c) in a manner that does not obstruct any person's view of the playing field or interfere with player or umpire sightlines, (d) so as not to obscure baseball park signage, equipment or advertising, (e) so as not to impede the operation of the ballpark, and (f) so as not to interfere with the game or jeopardize the safety of guests. Only one sign or banner may be displayed by each guest.
3. Subject Matter
a. The Nationals Baseball Stadium Complex* is a baseball park and entertainment venue in which guests gather for purposes of enjoyment of sports games or other forms of entertainment and is not a forum or place for use by the public at large for assembly and speech, for use by certain speakers or for the discussion of certain subjects. Therefore, all messages on banners and signs shall relate solely to one or more of the following subjects, without any unrelated collateral content whatsoever: (i) the game and institution of Major League Baseball; (ii) a Major League Baseball team; (iii) the on-field activities and/or performance of a Major League Baseball player, coach or manager; (iv) the acts or omissions of the management and other non-player employees of a Major League Baseball organization, but only to the extent that such acts or omissions may relate to or affect its team's on-field activities and performance; (v) the entity broadcasting a baseball game played at the ballpark and the acts or omissions of the announcers in doing so; and (vi) fans' birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, get well, welcome home, congratulations or similar family-friendly greetings.
b. Additionally, banners and signs may not bear a message that (i) is slanderous, (ii) is obscene, vulgar or indecent and inappropriate for viewing by children, (iii) contains "fighting words" likely to provoke a breach of the peace, (iv) is presented for a commercial purpose, or (v) contains derogatory matter relating to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, marital status, age, personal appearance, familial responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence or business or any other category protected by D.C. law.
The Nationals reserve the right to remove any display of a banner or sign that does not conform to these limitations, or require a guest to immediately stop displaying the non-conforming banner or sign.
The following commercial activities are expressly prohibited inside the Nationals Baseball Stadium Complex* and all areas under the Nationals control or its agent(s)' control that require a ticket for entry, unless authorized in writing by the Nationals:
(a) Distribution of leaflets or other printed material;
(b) Distribution of products or performing of services, whether for a consideration or free; and
(c) Taking surveys or otherwise interfering with the free movement of guests.
The following restrictions apply with regard to expressive activities and assembly. Subject to applicable law, members of the public who so desire will be permitted to parade with placards and signs, distribute literature or engage strangers who wish to be so engaged, provided that such activities occur outside all ticketed areas of the Nationals Baseball Stadium Complex* and subject to each of the following conditions:
The following items are expressly prohibited inside ticketed areas:
Violators of any District of Columbia laws will be refused admission, asked to leave or ejected from the ticketed areas.
The Nationals and Major League Baseball thank you for adhering to the provisions of this Guest Conduct Policy. The Nationals retain the right to change or modify this policy at any time. Copies of this policy can be obtained online at nationals.com.
* For all purposes of the Guest Conduct Policy, the Nationals Baseball Stadium Complex is defined as the area bounded by N Street SE, Potomac Avenue SE, South Capitol Street SE and First Street SE.