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Ballpark Bus to begin 2013 season April 1

The Ballpark Bus, a charter service to D.C. events, will be offering service to Nationals Park from Clyde's Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn for all weekend and holiday games, including Opening Day on April 1.

Throughout the 2012 baseball season, the bus service required a minimum number of passengers to sign up before a trip was officially confirmed. This year, all scheduled trips will be confirmed regardless of passengers.

"We were really asking a lot of our passengers to sign up before service was guaranteed," said Brian Bowman, founding partner. "It was painful but necessary at the time. We are very grateful to everyone that took a chance on us last year, and are incredibly proud that we can now offer this service in the manner it was intended."

The service will run exclusively out of Clyde's Willow Creek Farm to begin the season, but plans are underway to add a second location at Clyde's of Reston in Reston Town Center.

"Once we settled on Clyde's Willow Creek Farm as our primary location last year, things really came into focus for us," Bowman in a statement. "We plan on establishing locations all around the D.C. metro area, but need to build a strong ridership at each location before moving onto the next one."

With solid turnouts for the Nationals' playoff run, along with six sold-out buses to the final four Redskins' games, Bowman is confident that their Ashburn location will perform at the level needed for expansion.

"We have less than 10 seats left on our bus to Opening Day, and we're over a week out. We'll send two if the opportunity presents itself."

Round-trip charter bus service to Nationals Park is available for $24. Trips to the April 27 NASCAR race in Richmond, as well as the May 25 Kenny Chesney concert at FedEx Field, are also on sale. Passengers are free to bring food and beverages on board, including alcohol.

Bowman is tentatively targeting a mid-May opening for the Reston locations.

"We'll evaluate Ashburn throughout April to see where we're at. If things go well, we're looking at Saturday, May 11 against the Cubs as a launch date for Reston. We'll then quickly transition into weekday games from there, given all the corporate offices in and around Reston Town Center."

To purchase seats and more information, visit http://www.BallparkBus.com.
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“We were really asking a lot of our passengers to sign up before service was guaranteed,” said Brian Bowman, founding partner.

Good for Ballpark Bus, sensing a weakness in their business model and then doing something about it. That’s the primary reason I didn’t take the bus last year, not wanting to be forced into driving at the last minute. Ballpark Bus’ flexibility bodes well for their future.


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