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A couple of weeks ago I went to my first baseball game at Turner Field to watch the Atlanta Braves play host to the Washington Nationals in front of a crowd of 16,692. The evening was very warm with a first pitch temperature of about 90 degrees. The Braves blew a 2 run lead in the top of the 9th and lost 7-3 by giving up 4 runs in the top of the 11th. I had very good seats behind home plate in the lower level. We sat in section 101, row 7 in the Henry Aaron seats. I think I was closer to home plate than anyone else on the field except for the catcher, batter and umpire.
Turner Field opened for baseball in 1997 upon completion of modifications after the 1996 Olympics. It is known as a fan friendly park with many TV monitors throughout the park as well as an old and new feel to it. I have been to 3 other “new era” ball parks that were built beginning in the early 1990’s to replace the cookie cutter, multi use design popular in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The other 3 that I have been to are PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Progressive Field in Cleveland and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In my opinion Turner Field ranks last of those in overall fan ambiance while watching a game. It is not bad by any means but it does not have the same dramatic sight lines the other 3 have. While doing some research on this topic, I found one surprising fact about Atlanta baseball. Prior to the Colorado Rockies joining the league in 1993, Atlanta’s altitude of 1,057 feet was the highest in the Majors.
One area that I give it the highest marks is the fan experience outside of watching the game. The area outside of the playing field or the plaza area is a unique concept that gives an amusement park feel to the outer concourse of the facility. The concession areas are well-organized and offer traditional ballpark offering and also choices with the Atlanta touch. Below is the description from the Official Braves web site:
The most unique feature of Turner Field is the Grand Entry Plaza located on the north end of the ballpark. The Plaza is a ticketed entertainment/concession area consisting of two food and game-filled pavilions, Scouts Alley and Cartoon Network’s Tooner Field. A 100-foot diameter photograph of Hank Aaron’s actual 715th home run ball dominates the Plaza-side scoreboard and provides a popular backdrop for photographs in the Plaza. Every home game features pre-game entertainment in the Fan Plaza. Meet the Tomahawk Team girls and design your own sign, get a picture taken with the Braves mascot, Homer, and get in step with the Heavy Hitters. You can also get involved in some of the pre-game and/or in-game features for your chance to win great prizes and merchandise!
I have included a picture since each one is worth a thousand words.
I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day holiday and have a great week.
This week I am announcing that I have completely updated the website for Paceline Business Consulting, LLC. In addition to format changes, the web address has changed.
The new web address is:
By moving my website I am now able to make changes to it myself and use the website more effectively to promote my business. In addition to the website changes, I also updated my blog with a link to the new website as well as a listing of some of the services I offer. I encourage you to take a look at the changes to my blog and my website and provide comments if you wish. I am rolling the new website out today although it is not 100% complete. The additional changes I need to make are minor and cosmetic in nature and will not affect the content. These changes will require some consultation with the software provider but should be complete within a week or two. I am going to deactivate my current web address once all the changes to my new website have been made.
Finally, an update from last week’s blog on the results about the Super Bowl poll. The poll results were a little surprising. 100% of you thought that having the Super Bowl on Saturday night is a better alternative than the current Sunday night. I expected the results to be heavily weighted in favor of moving it to Saturday night but I did not anticipate a unanimous decision. Now, if we could only get the attention of the NFL…
Have a good week.
This week they play the Super Bowl in Miami. The New Orleans Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts. That is not what this week’s message is about.
I want to talk about the logic of playing the Super Bowl on Sunday night with an East coast kick off time of 6:37 PM. That start time leads to the game ending around 10 PM – or later. The game has been played at this time for at least 15 or 20 years and during that time period I have had a Super Bowl party every year-until this year.
There are many reasons why I am not having the party this year but being a veteran of hosting many Super Bowl parties let me tell you one thing. Sunday nights in the dead of winter are a terrible time to have a party. I have been saying that for years but finally I am now hearing some important people including ESPN personalities asking about the possibility of moving the game up to Saturday night. It makes sense and could make an already huge event into a massive spectacle. I am surprised this has not gained more momentum sooner. Let’s face it for obvious reasons Saturday night is a much better night for a party at a friend’s house or for going out to a restaurant/party center to watch the game.
My question to you is this:
Would you be more likely to go out to a party at a friend’s or to a restaurant or party center if the game was held on Saturday night?
Please vote below.