The Washington Nationals will play the Boston Red Sox in front of a crowd of midshipmen before Opening Day this April.
The Nationals will play one exhibition at the Naval Academy each of the next three seasons, the team announced Thursday.
“One of the Nationals’ core community platforms is to support the military, which we do through a variety of initiatives, including our in-game Salute to Service, Military Branch Days, and visits by players and coaches to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,” Nationals owner Mark D. Lerner said in news release.
The Nationals take on the Red Sox at 2 p.m. April 1 on ESPN.
“We’re really excited about this partnership with the Washington Nationals to have the opportunity to showcase the Naval Academy on a national stage,” said Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., the superintendent of the academy.
The teams will give free tickets to midshipmen and some members of the U.S. Navy for the game at Max Bishop Stadium, the Navy baseball team’s home field.
The Nationals also host the Red Sox March 31 at Nationals Park. The home opener against the Florida Marlins is April 3. Tickets for that game are available here.