This all started back in 2012. In late September, I completely dropped the ball on buying playoff tickets when the Nationals put them on sale. The deadline had passed, all NLDS games at Nats Park were sold out, and I was left on the outside looking in.
But there was no way I was going to miss the first playoff baseball in my hometown in 80 years. I had two choices: pay a small fortune on StubHub or buy standing room seats.
I opted for the latter and it was a huge mistake.
There are plenty of good places to watch baseball at Nats Park if you don’t have a seat. In fact, the Nationals designed the stadium that way. But in the playoffs, there are far more standing room only tickets sold than places to stand. I watched all of the Game 3 Edwin Jackson disaster with a partially blocked view from the outfield in the lower deck.
When I used my standing room only ticket in Game 4, I was determined to find a seat. I spent the first few innings wandering the lower deck before I found two seats that were seemingly unoccupied down the first base line in the lower deck. Around the 5th inning, I settled into the unused seats where I watched one of the best baseball games I’ve ever seen. Through pure luck, I turned my standing room only ticket into lower level seats where I eventually watched Jayson Werth’s legendary walk-off home run.
Fast-forward to 2014. A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a fellow Nats fan on Twitter who lamented how sad she was both of her Game 4 tickets in 2012 went unused due to a last minute conflict in her schedule. My interest piqued, I asked the location of her unused seats. First base line. Lower deck.
Did I unwittingly find the person who allowed me to watch Game 4 from actual seats? We’ll never know since two years later, I don’t remember the exact section or row. But either way, it gave me an idea: let’s use Twitter to match standing room only fans with fans who can’t use their tickets.
Here’s how it works. If a fan can’t use their tickets, or even notice unused seats their section, simply tweet under the hashtag #MyNatsParkSeatIsEmpty. If you’re an unlucky fan stuck with a standing room ticket, monitor the hashtag. First come, first served.
Now, this is only a half-baked idea, and there’s no way to guarantee this actually working. But if we somehow match one standing room only fan with an actual empty seat, it’ll all be worth it.