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This post about shade and sun at Nationals Park originally appeared on TripHacksDC.com. Check out our updated Shaded Seats at Nationals Park guide for more detailed information.

Washington, DC summers can be brutally hot and humid. If you’re attending a Nationals day game, you might want to avoid roasting in the sun by choosing a seat that’s in the shade. Whether you are in shaded seats at Nationals Park depends on where your seats are located within the park and whether there is cover above them. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so the 3rd base side (on the west side of the park) has more shade than the 1st base side (on the east side of the park).

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Here’s the Washington Nationals seating chart, for reference:

Seating chart to help you find the shade and sun at Nationals Park.

Shaded sections during a day game

Sections 108 – 117 along the 3rd base line get shade for most of the game if you are in a row three-quarters of the way back or more. Over the course of the game, rows closer to the field will start to get shade as the sun advances to the west.

Sections 138 – 139 behind the Nationals bullpen are under cover and excellent for shade.

Sections 140 – 143 in right field gets shade for most of the game if you are in a row three-quarters of the way back or more. Over the course of the game, rows farther from the field will start to get sun as it advances to the west.

Sections 201 – 205 are on the mezzanine level and covered, so they are excellent for shade.

Club level sections 206 – 221 are mostly covered and provide shade. They also give you access to the indoor club area which is air conditioned and can be extremely valuable on a humid day.

Sections 401-409 are good for shade, since they are on the 3rd base side and mostly under cover. These sections are what many would consider “nosebleed” seats, but if you don’t mind that, they’re also some of the least expensive sections.

Sections in the sun during a day game

Sections 100 – 107 in center and left field are not covered and get direct sun for most of the game.

Sections 108 – 117 along the 3rd base line are in the sun at the beginning of a 1:05 or 1:35 game except for rows three-quarters of the way back or more; rows closer to the field will start to get shade as the sun advances to the west. These sections will be mostly shaded for a 4:05 game.

Sections 127 – 137 along the 1st base line get direct sun for most of the game.

Sections 140 – 143 are in the sun if you are in the front half of the section. Over the course of the game, rows farther from the field will start to get sun as it advances to the west.

Sections 238 – 243 in right field are not covered and get direct sun for most of the game.

Sections 301 – 321 on the Gallery level are not covered and get direct sun for most of the game.

Box seats directly behind home plate get direct sun, but have access to the Delta Sky Club and PNC Diamond Club which are both air conditioned.