[quote]Originally posted by CaseCom:
I was there for a game this year. I'm sure it's impressive from a technological standpoint, and there is a certain beauty to it, but what it lacks is intimacy. The place is enormous. It's probably OK if you can pay $25 and up for a ticket and get decent seats (or your company has season tickets). We sat in $12 "Terrace" seats in the upper deck behind third base. I wish I'd brought my binoculars. It was like watching a game from the roof of a neighboring 15-story building. And the sightlines... we couldn't see into the left-field corner! In a brand-new ballpark!
In my Milwaukee days I had a mini-season ticket package in the Upper Grandstand right behind home plate at the old County Stadium ... now that was a ballpark.
I agree with the poster above praising Camden Yards ... they did that one right. Great place to watch a ballgame, no matter where you sit.
'Course here in Minnesota watching a major-league game may soon become a once-a-year event that includes air fare ... sigh.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Like I said, ...if you know where to sit. You've compared apples to oranges. Think about the geometry of a baseball field. It's a pie. Where's the best place to sit if you want to see the whole field? Behind home plate, like you remember doing at County Stadium. Those are the best seats in the house, any house. Where's the worst place to sit if you want to see the left field corner? Behind third base, like you did at Miller Park. You won't see that corner from there in any major league ballpark, unless you're in the front row or three on the field. The geometry won't allow it, not to mention the wall down the foul line. I know there will be a skeptic out there, but go back to your ballpark first! I'm talking seeing the foul line all the way to the wall and up the foul pole. It simlply can't be done in both corners in any ballpark unless you're behind the plate.
As far as intimacy, Miller Park is vertical, very vertical. It only holds about 41,000... but County Stadium held about 53,000. All seats at the new park are closer to the field than their corresponding seats in the old one, and then there were 12,000 more even farther away from the action. The first row in the balcony at County was so much farther horizontally from the action to start with, the lower hight was negligible. I think the roof enclosure at Miller, even when in the open position down the foul lines, contributes to the feeling of being in a large space, but it is in fact more compact than County Stadium was, including less foul area behind the plate.
That said, there are a limited number of seats on the top (terrace) level with a full unobstructed view of the field. (I have a list!) The numerous handrails are a major source of obstruction, and it's nearly impossible to avoid that unless you're 7 ft. tall and can see over them while seated. The lower levels offer better seats, at a higher cost, of course. (But you're still not going to see both corners if you sit down the line.) At County Stadium, the major obstructions were the columns holding up the upper deck and canopy. Many more seats had major obstructed views. (But, since no one came, you could always sit out in front of the columns.) It also boasted what SI rated the second worst seat in baseball a few years ago.
The only other new park I've been to is Coors Field in Denver. It's a vertical place too. I think that's the trend nowadays. You've got to get those luxury boxes in under the cheap seats!