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On Oct. 11 the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and Clark/Hunt/Smoot held a tour for the media to show the stadium's progress. Structural steel had arrived one week earlier, and the stadium was pronounced "on schedule."

Listen to opening remarks from DCSEC, Clark/Hunt Smoot, and Devrouax & Purnell Architects reps:
Part 1 (missed first few moments, sorry) | Part 2


A panorama of the view from the north end of the stadium site. This is the view that most fans will see when they first arrive at the stadium, looking directly into the stadium bowl without having to climb up or down.



Principals from the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, Clark/Hunt/Smoot, and Devrouax & Purnell Architects address the media.


Workers tending to one of the cranes; note the structural steel in place at left rear.



A steel truss gets lifted from the ground....


And moved into position.



Work continues on the concourse and lower seating bowl.


The Clark/Hunt/Smoot tour guide explains it all to the media.



This closeup of the stadium's construction illustrates the clockwise piecemeal method being used--each step in the project begins at 1st and O (far left) and gradually makes it way southward, then westward, then northward, then eastward. So while steel is being placed at 1st and O, pre-cast concrete seating forms are being installed just ahead, and the concrete is being poured just ahead of that; coming all the way around you see the temporary pillars marking where concrete piles have been poured, and eventually the real concrete pillars will arrive, work that was begun at 1st and O weeks ago.



Some of the estimated 58,000 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete that will make up the stadium. (The hole to the lower left is where 300 parking spaces will be built, beneath the stadium.)


The concrete work is now beginning to head up the 3rd base line.



Looking at the northwest intersection of Half and O streets, in February 2006, three months before construction began. (These are the gay nightclubs that were a fixture in this neighborhood for 30 years.)


Roughly the same location, eight months later (and quite a few feet deeper!). You can see the beige brick building across South Capitol Street in both photos, to help orient yourself.



Looking north on Half Street, south of O Street, in May 2003.


Roughly the same location, but quite a few feet deeper! The little yellow "Good and Plenty Market" in the center of the photo is about the only landmark remaining. 20 M Street is the office building now under construction in the distance.




The stadium "crane farm" is multiplying quickly.


 

Four minutes of video from within the construction site.

Event Galleries:

  • 09/18/14: First Look Inside VIDA Fitness
  • 06/09/14: Touring the Under-Construction Park Chelsea
  • 06/02/14: First Look Inside Twelve12
  • 03/05/14: Groundbreaking for the Lofts at Capitol Quarter
  • 12/16/13: A Sneak Peek Inside Agua 301
  • 11/11/13: A Smattering of Progress Photos
  • 11/10/13: Inside Bluejacket Brewery at the Boilermaker Shops
  • 05/26/13: Random Photos from a Gorgeous Day
  • 05/26/13: 11th Street Local Bridge/Riverwalk Landing Progress
  • 05/26/13: Freeway Flyover Demolition/Southeast Blvd. Construction
  • 03/28/13: Inside Gordon Biersch
  • 01/27/13: 11th Street Bridges Project Progress Photos
  • 11/16/12: Canal Park Opening Day
  • 11/16/12: Canal Park Opening Day - Speeches and Ice Rink Ribbon Cutting
  • 11/16/12: Canal Park Opening Night
  • 09/14/12: A Trip Around the 11th Street Bridges Project
  • 09/06/12: Boilermaker Shops Interiors
  • 07/30/12: Canal Park Progress Photos from Above and Inside
  • 06/26/12: Inside the Trash Transfer Station: Exteriors
  • 06/26/12: Inside the Trash Transfer Station: Interiors
  • 05/19/12: Changes Along 11th Street SE
  • 04/11/12: Fairgrounds Interior Shots
  • 04/03/12: Fairgrounds Exterior Shots
  • 01/25/12: Foundry Lofts Nearly Finished
  • 01/08/12: Early 2012 11th Street Bridges Project Photos
  • 01/08/12: Random Images From Along and Across the Anacostia River
  • 12/22/11: Lot 38 Espresso Grand Opening (+1 Day)
  • 11/25/11: Yards/Teague Connector Bridge Sunny Day Reshoot
  • 11/22/11: Yards/Teague Connector Bridge Opening
  • 11/01/11: Foundry Lofts Construction Progress
  • 10/10/11: Progress on the New 11th Street Bridges
  • 10/07/11: New Southbound DC 295 Flyover Bridge
  • 04/30/11: A Few Shots Worth Capturing
  • 04/23/11: Little Updates from the Yards Park
  • 02/15/11: Kick-Off to Renovation of 225 Virginia/200 I
  • 10/16/10: Early Fall Late Afternoon at the Yards Park
  • 09/24/10: Nighttime at the Yards Park
  • 09/07/10: Yards Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • 08/31/10: Canal Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • 08/27/10: Yards Park Near Completion
  • 05/25/10: Yards Park Construction Progress
  • 04/10/10: An Early Spring Boat Cruise on the Anacostia
  • 03/01/10: Yards Park Construction Photos
  • 02/25/10: Trapeze School Pre-Opening
  • 02/07/10: Blizzard of 2010
  • 10/11/09: The Chair on the Fence
  • 09/29/09: Assorted River and Ballpark Photos at the End of the Second Season
  • 08/27/09: Diamond Teague Park and Piers
  • 08/26/09: Capitol Quarter Ribbon Cutting
  • 05/29/09: Artomatic 2009 Kickoff
  • 05/28/09: Groundbreaking for the Park at the Yards
  • 11/15/08: Second Anacostia Waterfront Community Information Fair
  • 10/29/08: Announcement of Public-Private Partnership for the Waterfront Park at The Yards
  • 08/23/08: Anacostia Community Boathouse Youth River Sports Day
  • 03/12/08: Frederick Douglass Bridge Rededication
  • 10/03/07: Groundbreaking at the Yards
  • 10/22/07: Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District Kickoff Ceremony
  • 07/06/07: JPI/Capitol Yards Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • 06/26/07: Capitol Quarter Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • Ballpark Event Photo Galleries:

    2012:

  • 04/12/12: Nationals 2012 Home Opener/Opening Ceremonies
  • 04/12/12: 2012 Nationals Home Opener
  • 03/26/12: The *Other* Nats Park (Spring Training 2012)
  • 03/26/12: Nats vs. Astros at Spring Training
  • 2011:

  • 06/14/11: An Evening at Nats Park
  • 06/13/11: First Look at New Nationals Park Concessions
  • 03/31/11: 2011 Opening Day at Nationals Park
  • 03/30/11: 2011 NatsFest
  • 2010:

  • 12/11/10: New Baseball Art on Stadium Garages
  • 09/23/10: A Stan Kasten Photo Gallery
  • 04/05/10: President Obama Throws Out the First Pitch at Nationals Park
  • 04/05/10: Opening Day 2010 at Nationals Park
  • 03/31/10: Pre-Opening Day Ballpark Media Tour
  • 2009:

  • 09/29/09: Assorted River and Ballpark Photos at the End of the Second Season
  • 07/09/09: Preparations for Elton John and Billy Joel
  • 05/15/09: Opening Night at the Bullpen Beer Garden
  • 04/13/09: 2009 Opening Day at Nationals Park
  • 04/03/09: What's New at Nationals Park 2009
  • 02/13/09: Diamond Teague Park Groundbreaking
  • 01/25/09: 2009 NatsFest
  • 2008:

  • 06/05/08: Nighttime at Nationals Park (Outside and Inside)
  • 05/06/08: A Visit to the Nationals Park Infield
  • 05/04/08: Nationals Park in Early May (Including Kids Running the Bases)
  • Scenes from the Inaugural Season at Nationals Park
  • 04/12/08: Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Neighborhood Initiative Announcement
  • 03/30/08: Opening Night at Nationals Park - Before the Game
  • 03/29/08: First Major League Exhibition Game at Nationals Park--Part Three (Around the Ballpark)
  • 03/29/08: First Major League Exhibition Game at Nationals Park--Part Two (Pre-Game Ceremonies)
  • 03/29/08: First Major League Exhibition Game at Nationals Park--Part One (Arrival/Batting Practice)
  • 03/28/08: First Batting Practice at Nationals Park
  • 03/27/08: Nationals First Visit to Completed Nationals Park
  • 03/27/08: Media Tour--Strike Zone and Concession Photos
  • 03/27/08: Media Tour--Interior Photos
  • 03/22/08: First Ballgame at Nationals Park (GW vs. St. Joseph's) - Part Two
  • 03/22/08: First Ballgame at Nationals Park (GW vs. St. Joseph's) - Part One
  • 03/19/08: Nighttime Visit to the Ballpark
  • 03/19/08: Stan Kasten Rides the Metro to Nationals Park
  • 03/06/08: Nationals Ballpark Cherry Blossom Tree Planting
  • 03/04/08: Nationals Ballpark Home Plate Installation and Video Board Unveiling
  • 2007:

  • 11/13/07: Nationals Ballpark Construction Media Tour - Unveiling of the Turf
  • 09/01/07: A Visit to Nationals Park
  • 07/11/07: Nationals Ballpark Topping Out
  • 03/26/07: Nationals Ballpark Construction Media Tour
  • 2006:

  • 10/11/06: Nationals Ballpark Construction Media Tour
  • 05/04/06: Nationals Ballpark Ceremonial Groundbreaking



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