USC played at UDub this season, so naturally I had to visit a city I had not been to since I was a kid (Seattle). Long story short: it was a fantastic college atmosphere. Very friendly fans, with only one drunk douchebag behind us who was suspiciously quiet at the end of the game when I waved goodbye....
The exterior of the stadium blends in with all the building around it, with lots of bricks. Also a metro stop right at the stadium!
Concourses were typical concourses...
...But the hyped up view was as advertised. The stadium is basically on the shore of Lake Washington, so rich alumni "tailgate" on their boats
The stadium features mostly aluminum bench seating (meh), but that combined with the awnings over the top decks really trap in the noise. It was a very loud stadium.
We got a C-130 flyover (Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a ton of them based there)
Half Time show honoring the USS Arizona
The video board was quite nice (the stadium was renovated between 2011-2013). But by that I mean, check out the score!
coasterbill wrote:The fact that the Rangers (and Braves) are getting new stadiums is ridiculous. Great photos of that perfectly good, relatively modern ballpark.
Yes the park is pretty new, (Rangers) however with the brutal summers we have it should have been built with a roof in first place. 105 to 110 in the summer with field temps higher. It will make a for a better fan experience and I imagine would bring in other players such as pitchers who don't want to pitch for the Rangers in the brutal heat. The old stadium is staying put, it will be used as venue for entertainment and such.
The Braves' stadium wasn't originally built for baseball. It was originally the Olympic stadium for the 1996 Olympics
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It's been awhile since I've updated this, but I did get a few more stadium credits this year...including the world famous Fenway park. Did the tour before the game as well. They happened to be playing the Cubs, so the vibe inside was great. The view from the outfield bleachers wasn't that great, but the stadium itself was very cool.
Exterior with banners honoring former all stars
The players entrance is right on the street as well. No seperation from the public at all.
The streets become concourses as Gametime gets closer.
A concourse. Very cramped (obviously).
It's that famous thing. A monster that's green.
Here's what it looks like if you can afford to sit atop said green monster.
Here's what a suite looks like. Kind of cool to see how they were able to mix in modem amenities while staying true to the classic design.
Fun fact: they grow produce on the roof for the concessions
Another fun fact: a lone red seat marks the location of a 502ft home run ted Williams hit
And another one! Fun fact that is. Most of the seating from between the bases in the lower rows are still original wooden seats
The tour ends in their museum. Here's stuff.
And more stuff.
And more stuff.
And important stuff like the MVP award of a Trojan great!
I just read through the whole tread, lots of awesome pictures in there! For me it's pretty much only soccer I follow, but I'm a bit of a stadium enthusiast as well and I enjoy seeing pictures from all sorts of stadiums and arenas. Thanks for sharing!
I've been to quite a few MLB stadiums and Fenway is really in a league all it's own. Wrigley was great, old Yankee Stadium was great, the modern parks are great but Fenway is the coolest stadium I've ever seen.
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