No fans, no problem: Finding the best views of Nationals Park

Lia Assimakopoulos
NBC Sports Washington

While fans won't be able to watch live baseball from inside their home ballparks, a lucky few will from the comfort of their own home.

When a handful of fans around the country first strategically purchased or leased apartments with direct views of MLB stadiums, it was a fun perk, but now with the coronavirus pandemic, their homes provide one of the only opportunities to watch the abbreviated 60-game season in person.

Starting July 23, these die-hard fans will get to watch their favorite team and maybe even welcome a few guest spectators for the unique and coveted view, as Jared Diamond wrote in a story for the Wall Street Journal.

For Nationals fans, a number of Navy Yard institutions serve as their only chance to see live baseball this season. Here's are the best views of Nationals Park in town.

1221 Van Apartments

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Photo by Helen Kozak

Without a doubt, the 1221 Van Apartments have the best vantage point inside Nats Park. Located directly across the street from the stadium on Van Street, the rooftop view looks directly into the stadium toward home plate. With an infinity pool, grills and outdoor bar seating, it's the perfect place to spend a summer night watching the reigning World Series champions.

1205 Collection at West Half

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Photo courtesy of West Half

Another breath-taking view of the park can be found at 1205 Collection at West Half. While slightly farther away than the Van units, this virtually unobstructed view gives fans a look into the park with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. On the rooftop of this 465-unit apartment building, the bar area looks across the street directly at the stadium.

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F1RST Residences

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Photo courtesy of First Residences

For a more distanced view, fans can witness the action at Nats Park from the rooftop of F1RST Residences. The communal space on top of the apartment building offers a partially obstructed view of the stadium as well as a TV to watch the action up close.

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites

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Photo courtesy of Top of the Yard

Finally, the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard offers a view for die-hard baseball fans at its Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites. The outdoor rooftop bar at the hotel overlooks the stadium but is obstructed by the parking garage solar panels. But for a baseball fan with limited options this summer, it provides a glimpse into the action.

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