This article originally appeared on April 8, 2021, published by The DC Line.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement a scaled-down approach to stadium traffic operations and curbside parking in the Stadium Event Zone on game days at Nationals Park and Audi Field. The Stadium Event Zone is bordered by the Anacostia River, I-695, 2nd Street SW/Delaware Avenue SW and 5th Street SE.
DDOT anticipates minimal impact to the transportation network in the Stadium Event Zone and reduced need for road closures and parking restrictions due to the smaller crowds expected as the District continues to navigate the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fans are encouraged to consider alternative forms of transportation besides single occupancy vehicles. Walking, bicycle, e-scooter, and public transportation remain safe and accessible ways to reach both Nationals Park and Audi Field.
For the beginning of the baseball and soccer seasons, Mayor Muriel Bowser has limited fan attendance to 5,000 at Nationals Park and 2,000 at Audi Field. The following traffic and parking measures will be implemented at the beginning of the baseball season and will be modiﬁed as needed based on evolving trafﬁc conditions and increases in approved levels of fan attendance:
- First Street SE, from M Street SE to Potomac Avenue SE will remain open during Nationals games.
- Van Street SE, from M Street SE to N Street SE, will remain open during Nationals games.
- The Washington Nationals may close N Street SE between First Street SE and South Capitol Street, and Half Street SE between M Street SE and N Street SE on days with Nationals home games.
- First Street SW between S and T Streets will remain open during DC United Games.
- S Street SW between First Street SW and Half Street SW will remain open during DC United Games.