Nationals Park will lose a few seats this season

MELBOURNE, Fla. - This season, Nationals Park’s official capacity will be a little smaller than it’s ever been.

The Nationals let media members know a few minutes ago that the ballpark’s capacity this season will be 41,506. That’s down from the 41,888 fans it held at its opening, though the park had been reduced to 41,546 by last season. A Nationals spokesman said in an e-mail the decrease was “due to the removal of a few seats and an adjustment to the suite manifest.”

The Nationals Park attendance record was set on June 24, 2009, when 41,985 fans crammed the park to watch the Nationals face the Boston Red Sox.