Great report of my home stadium! I have so many memories from that stadium. It was such an awesome stadium back in the heyday of the A's. Mount Davis was such a terrible addition, and such a waste. I'm really looking forward to a new stadium for the A's, if they can ever figure one out.
jray21 wrote:Great report of my home stadium! I have so many memories from that stadium. It was such an awesome stadium back in the heyday of the A's. Mount Davis was such a terrible addition, and such a waste. I'm really looking forward to a new stadium for the A's, if they can ever figure one out.
If it happens, the art for the stadium looks real cool. And they'd redevelop the site of the coliseum, keeping the baseball diamond as a public park while re-purposing Oracle Arena into a concert only venue (like the Forum in LA).
Where they get the cash for that and overcome the crappy infrastructure (bad location for traffic & BART station about a mile away) of the Howard Terminal site I do not know...
I hope this is all not just a ploy to say "see, we tried" and ship the team off to a city desperate for a team like Montreal. There's even rumors of a private company buying the Rio in Vegas for an MLB stadium...
coasterbill wrote:Great photos. That place always seemed like the biggest shithole in sports ever since the Vet closed down.
Never made it to the vet, so my only other experience with multi purpose stadiums was San Diego. Went to one baseball game there as a kid and multiple Holiday Bowls...I will be glad when that era of stadiums officially ends. Though cities did have the right idea back then, only getting ripped off once by pro teams instead of multiple times.
Side note: San Diego deserves a team. Great city. We don't want the Chargers here anyways.
Oakland will be paying $25 mil/year for "Mt. Davis" until 2025. You will be paying for the Raiders stadium anytime you visit Vegas in the form of increased hotel tax, and Vegas is banking on there not being a recession so they collect enough cash from that to service the $645 million in bonds they issued...
It's absolutely amazing to me that cities are so willing to fork over money for stadiums and that they continue to fall for the "just increase the hotel taxes so it's paid for by tourists and not locals" line. It's honestly refreshing when cities tell sports teams to piss off but those instances are few and far between.
coasterbill wrote:It's absolutely amazing to me that cities are so willing to fork over money for stadiums and that they continue to fall for the "just increase the hotel taxes so it's paid for by tourists and not locals" line. It's honestly refreshing when cities tell sports teams to piss off but those instances are few and far between.
On that note: Keep up the good work, Anaheim. :lol:
I don’t believe cities should contribute anything more than un-used land, a quick permitting process, and perhaps a reasonable tax break. When cities get into the business of owning the stadium and renting back to a teamor issuing a large amount of bonds, they always lose.
It’s alive! Starting my coaster/sports travels in 2019 with Amalie arena in Tampa bay. It just so happened that the kings (lose for Hughes!!!) were in town on my days off from work, so why not an Orlando weekend?
Definitely a nice hockey building. In the heart of the city, but easy and cheap parking.
Obligatory exterior shot
They have a large courtyard outside for pregame festivities and sponsor activations. What I loved is they opened up their team office lobby to have somewhere inside to wait for doors in the Florida heat.
He was good at hockey and bringing hockey to Tampa bay.
Concourse inside was wide with plenty of tables for food...
That also had charging stations. Should be a requirement in all sports venues at this point.
Also had a trophy case that displayed the “team sized” (mini) versions of all the teams awards. They have fared much better than my kings had as an expansion team
One knock on the building: beer prices are insane. I thought dodger stadium was bad, and this matches them.
Fantastic scoreboard. I like this style more than the round ones. Giant too.
My seats were not terrible. A bargain at $200 because...
...you have accesss to two clubs that offer all you can eat and drink (booze included). This one is the chase club.
This one is on the event level (Lexus club.). Beer was Heineken and cocktails well quality booze, but still worth the price.
Bar in Lexus club. Very bare, but all included!
It’s also obligatory that NHL teams have some sort of lighting package for intermissions ending.
I never got a good photo of it in action, but the building has two telsa coils as part of intermission show package
One other thing I enjoyed is having the organist be a feature of the arena with a deck fans can hang out on.
Hilltopper39 wrote:I've always been impressed with Amelie when I've been for concerts,wrestling, basketball and other events but have never been to a Hockey Game there. I'll have to get to a hockey game there sometime.
Bringing this back from the dead! In April I visited the new comiskey park and hung out with Zach. The stadium is very bland and was devoid of energy since the white sox suck, but it had a great view of the city.
For most of you, public transportation to your local stadium is normal. For me in LA, it's not. So I appreciated having the train be able to take me from my airpot hotel, to the stadium, and then on to my airbnb in Wrigleyville with ease.
The exterior was trying to go for that "classic, but modern" look that was all the rage in the 90s stadiium building spree.
Outside there was a monument to the great moments in their history
And the parking lot where the former Comiskey Park stood notes its former location with the infield as part of the pavement.
Obligatory overview photo
One of the highlights is the great view of the Chicago skyline from the top deck
As a Dodger fan, this statue makes me mad. But it's par for the course for the Dodgers to give up on eventually Hall of Fame talent...Adrian Beltre, Pedro Martinez, Paul Konerko...
Obligatory concourse photo. Can't tell it apart from any others.
New for last season was this Goose Island bar and section. Loved the train car theme.
Good beer selection too
As part of the Goose Island sponsorship, they added this premium section. Probably the most unique thing about the stadium.
Second favorite part of stadium: looks like they took an underutilized club space and opened it up to everyone as the Revolution Brewery club. Good food and beer. And covered seating on a first come first serve basis was great since it rained!
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