Local Company Refused Washington Nationals Tickets

By Spike Eskin


The Washington Nationals decided they’d like fewer Phillies fans in their ballpark, so they came up with a plan to ‘Take Back The Park.’ Now, they’ve apparently decided they’re no longer going to sell tickets to Phillies fans they’ve already taken deposits from.

When the folks over at Integrated Project Services Inc. in Lafayette Hill were deciding on a company outing, a baseball trip seemed like a perfect fit. “We’re big Phillies fans here. It’s fun during the baseball season in our office,” Chuck Stock, Senior Vice President at IPS Inc. said.

In December they contacted the Andrew Ascienzo, a ticket sales account executive for the Washington Nationals. “We put an order in and a deposit on tickets, and were guaranteed the tickets, got a signed contract. We were told that by January, we picked where we’d want to sit, but by the end of January we’d confirm where the seating was, and [the Nationals would] forward us the tickets,” Kate McCorriston, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at IPS Inc., said. “So we ordered a bus, put a deposit down on a bus, and notified employees to save the date, that we were going to the park on May 5th, to see the Phillies.” They were guaranteed the ability to purchase 100 tickets, with the possibility of ordering more depending on availability.

An email from Ascienzo said “attached is the invoice for your deposit. I will reach out to you when it is your turn to be seated.”

It was almost the end of January, and neither Kate or Chuck had heard a thing from the Nationals about their tickets. “we had tried to contact the Nationals because we thought by the end of January we were suppoesd to know,” McCorriston said. “So we called and emailed and called and called and emailed and called, this had been going on for two and a half weeks, and they finally just notified us and said ‘well sorry, we have to take back our park, you know, you can’t have the tickets, there aren’t any tickets left, and we’ll refund your deposit. That was it.”

The Nationals introduced their ‘Take Back The Park’ program earlier this month, allowing only people who lived in general area of Nationals Park to pre-order tickets. It was a reaction to the large groups of Phillies fans who have flooded the stadium in recent years. “When we purchased those tickets back in December, this hadn’t come up,” McCorriston said.

When Jennifer Wagner at IPS Inc. told Ascienzo in an email that they had already put down a $400 deposit on a bus, he replied “at this point, there is nothing we can do for this game. I can refund your credit card the $200 deposit that you initially put down.”

Stock said he was disappointed that his employees wouldn’t be able to go on the trip and see their favorite team. He then laughed and said, “and there’s a bus deposit we can’t get back.”

The Nationals have not responded to requests for comment.

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  • O's Fan

    Do you want some cheese with your whine? Just beat them on the field and be done with it. Geez.

  • Joe D

    This absolutely has to be taken to court.

  • Tim

    This is when you say…hey Nationals….LAWSUIT!!!!! and the people would win this one. no ifs ands or buts

  • John

    If you’re not going to challenge the Nats’ ability to refund purchased tix, at least get a judge to make them to pay for the bus deposit. Would be a piece of cake with that signed contract, a reasonable expense in reliance of your guaranteed tix.

  • Bob Magee

    Someone needs to get a lawyer…NOW. Hell, find a judge and force them to honor the contract.

    Contact the Commissioner’s office and tell him he has 24 hours to resolve the situation or he gets his name and MLB’s name added to the suit.

  • Jack

    we are going through the same thing with the Nationals for the exact same game. Our trip was for 100 people and is a fund raiser. Not only are we out the tickets, but we now have to refund everyone who purchased the tickets, but the fund is out the deposit of the buses as well which were booked after the Nationals verified that our tickets were secured.

  • Steph A.

    This is by far the dumbest way for them to try and market their team and ” Take Back” their park. I live in the Baltimore area and I will also be at the game on the 5th. The best possible way for them to ” Take Back” the park is to WIN GAMES. There are enough transplants from the Del Valley who live in the DMV now to completely derail this cause. In the words of Bart Scott- “CAN’T WAIT!!”

  • Joe D

    Congrats to the Nationals for becoming the biggest collection of pansies in professional sports. I swear the Phillies better sweep the season series. If I was a Nationals fan I’d be embarrassed. What a classless organization. They don’t want our coin to help pay for the absurdly idiotic contract they dished out to Werth? Ok then. Enjoy your 4th place finish. LOSERS.

  • Vince

    I can’t believe that there isn’t a legal issue here. If I were that company I would have my lawyers all over it. And MLB – where are they with this? The Philly brass should get a hold of Selig for his response. No way the Nats are going to sell out any Phillies game. They are so second rate that I wouldn’t be surprised that they give away tickets to their fans just to save face. We are not talking the ’27 Yankees here.

  • biggie

    Stub Hub!!

  • mounty

    I’m going to the Saturday game (5/5), courtesy of a friend from S. Jersey who now lives in Virginia. This behavior by the Nats…it’s childish. It’s like putting a sign on your tree fort that says “No Girls Allowed.”

  • Ruth Loughlin

    You have a signed contract that they should be held accountable for. Take it to court. What does the the baseball commission have to say about this.

    • Nancy Redner

      I agree with you Ruth. Why hasn’t the commissioner stepped in on this childish behavior. How can a team prohibit people from entering a public park based on who the team they root for. Does this apply to fans of other teams also

    • Michael Bug

      I agree with Ruth l. – You do have a contract & the Nats are in breach of it. Also – have you considered contacting Major League Baseball directly? Maybe the Phillies’ front office could also help you out.

  • Bill Stephens

    I, too, plan to order tickets through a friend of mine, a former Philadelphia resident who now lives in Silver Spring, MD.

  • Karen

    We read this on there site “Take Back the Park — Registration | nationals.com: Tickets” soooooooooo we had friends order pay for and have delivered to them our tickets for when the Phila are there! Nationals suck BIG TIME! But we will be there to support our Phils!

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