This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. What a dweeb.
You may remember a few months ago when I posted this article about a review that some dude (me) did on Safeco Field. Well, after more than half a year, the website that the review was written for — StadiumJourney.com — is now up and running. You can also find them in the links section of the site over on the lefthand sidebar.
To briefly explain my stance on the review (which was written back in August, by the way), I tried to be critical of the things that most Seattle sports fans are critical of when it comes to Safeco, and likewise tried to embrace the things we tend to embrace.
My harshest grade was handed down in the “Access” portion of the review, but that has less to do with the actual stadium than it does the city of Seattle. This was my way of telling local government that our public transportation sucks. Which it does. In addition, because most of the parking lots around the stadium are independently owned, finding a place for one’s car can be difficult and costly at times for those who aren’t keenly familiar with the area. (Plus, I secretly hoped that by taking a swing at the transportation and parking issue we might be able to lower our costs to get to a game. Just a thought.)
I also gave critical marks in the “Fans” segment, citing the stadium’s extreme crowd control and the fans’ lackluster interest level as reasons for the grade. We all know the Mariners have done everything in their power to turn Safeco Field into the kid-friendliest public venue this side of Disneyland. Furthermore, we similarly know that many of the fans themselves tend to be quiet, polite students of the game who would rather sip their beverages than cheer for the home team. Hence, with an organization trying to quiet the rowdy behavior of anyone over age 12 AND with most young and middle-aged adults accustomed to being reprimanded by the ushers and those fans around them at the first instance of noise, we have a chicken-and-egg scenario that creates a library atmosphere at a sporting event. Ugh.
Beyond that, I more or less went homer central on the rest of the review. My only gripes were standard fare (food and beverage prices, for one), and I gave high marks for the appeal of the venue, the beauty of the natural landscape, and the quality of the local eateries in the surrounding neighborhood which cater to sports fans.
Check out the review for yourself over at Stadium Journey. The guys behind the journey have put in tons of work to get their website off the ground, and it’s a tremendous resource for those of you who plan on checking out other ballparks or arenas across the country.