Stadium Reviews

Inside Progressive Field – Baseball Park Reviews

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Inside Progressive Field– Arty 84 Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Progressive Field

Team: Cleveland Indians

League: MLB – American League Central

Years Visited:
2010 & 2015

Opposing Team:
Cincinnati Reds  & Chicago White Sox

Date Opened: 1994

Date Closed:
 NA

Overall Rating:
(1-10) 8

Beer Price Rank (2016): 29th highest in the MLB

Ticket Price Rank (2016): 22nd highest in the MLB

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Rank: 10 out of 33

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Visit Order: 18 out of 33

Notable Award:
In 2008, Sports Illustrated named Progressive Field the Best stadium in the MLB

Review:

This field is one of the new era baseball fields. In the early 90’s, new stadiums were popping up in the majors. Teams were getting away from the multi use stadiums that were largely built in the 60’s and 70’s and moving forward to give baseball teams their own unique homes. Soon after Camden Yards was built, Jacobs Field or the Jake, as it was known before naming rights, was born.

The forever struggling city of Cleveland needed an uplift. For years the Indians would share Municipal Stadium with the NFL Browns. The stadium was falling apart and desperately needed help. Finally in the early 90’s a plan to redesign downtown Cleveland came about and part of the plan was a new arena and baseball field. The new era of baseball fields came with a more old school design with nooks and crannies making each field unique. The old “concrete donuts” multi use stadiums lacked any architecture and special feel to it, but these new stadiums all brought great character to the majors.

The first time I went to Progressive Field was in 2010 during a small long weekend road trip. The city of Cleveland, a tad dull on a Friday night, did bring in some fans for the night baseball game vs the inter-league Reds. Not as jammed pack as the stadium once was in the 90’s with the attendance record breaking days, but a fan base was seen there.

I liked the grand entrance out in left field to bring you into the park. I liked the home plate entrance that was very architecturally done well to welcome you to the Jake. The concourse was well designed and very easy to flow. Gift shops and beer stands were easy to get to. Much detail was done all the way down to the Indian’s symbols on the seats.

I went back years later for a day game on a wonderful Sunday afternoon in July. The sun was shining and the park was packed. Although the city of Cleveland gets a bad rap, the baseball stadium is one of the best in the the MLB. If your team is in town, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and take in a Indians game, and don’t go to a Cavs game because Lebron Sucks.

According to Statista, the Indians are #22 for highest ticket prices in 2016, see link for all MLB teams prices. They are also the 29th highest in beer prices according to business insider, see link for all MLB teams prices. If you are in the Cleveland area, take in a game. Arty tip: Go to Stubhub for a better deal on tickets and grab some beers, its one of the cheapest in the majors.

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Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line Station – TWE 0365

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Stadium Reviews

Inside Petco Park – Baseball Park Reviews

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Inside Petco Park – Arty 84 Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Petco Park

Team: San Diego Padres

League: MLB – National League West

Years Visited:
2011

Opposing Team:
Atlanta Braves

Date Opened:
2004

Date Closed:
 NA

Overall Rating:
(1-10) 9

Beer Price Rank (2016): 25th highest in the MLB

Ticket Price Rank (2016): 25th highest in the MLB

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Rank: 5 out of 33

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Visit Order: 23 out of 33

Notable Award:
The historical landmark Western Metal Supply Co. building was renovated and included in the stadium design in an example of adaptive reuse. Building is a portion of the left field seating.

Review:

I went to Petco on my first west coast road trip back in 2011. When I started my tour, this was one of the parks I really wanted to see the most. The city of San Diego is a great place. Perfect weather all year round and plenty to do. This first time I went to San Diego, I couldn’t get a hotel downtown, so I stayed in an awesome beach town of La Jolla. Since I enjoy to drink a few drinks, I decided that public transportation would be the best bet to the game. Well if you are going to do this, expect it to take over an house to go 10 miles and the last train leaves around 11PM, so no time for post game fun. I had to take a combination of buses and light rail to get there.

The Park was great. My favorite feature is the use of the historical landmark Western Metal Supply Co. building hat was renovated and included in the stadium design. Easy to navigate through the park. A little baseball diamond is out in the outfield grass area for the kids. Building is a portion of the left field seating. In right field, there is a giant lawn area to sit and watch the game. You can see the park from all the buildings around it and it is a stones throw from the Gas Lamp District.

I didn’t really see anything about the stadium I didn’t like other than a few blind spots. Odd think is they seemed to take the away teams bullpen an move it to the right field foul space in stead of where I think it should be to the right of center field. Instead that space is a beach pit. Speaking of the beach It’s so close to the ocean you can smell it and from the upper deck see the seaport. The Naval ships and large bridges are a great site and if your in town for a convention, the convention center is right across the street. Nice use of the ivory throughout the park on the walls and walking bridges.

Odd think is they seemed to take the away teams bullpen an move it to the right field foul space in stead of where I think it should be to the right of center field. Instead that space is a beach pit.

According to Statista, the Padres are #25 for highest ticket prices in 2016, see link for all MLB teams prices. They are also the 25th highest in beer prices according to business insider, see link for all MLB teams prices. If you are in the San Diego area, this stadium is a must see. Arty tip: Ticket prices are cheap, so the box office could be your best bet for good seats. Also the stadium is a stones throw to the Gas Lamp District full of places to eat and drink. Basic pizza and bar def was a great place to eat.

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Stadium Reviews

Inside Orioles Park at Camden Yards – Baseball Park Reviews

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Inside Orioles Park at Camden Yards – Arty 84 Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Orioles Park at Camden Yards

Team: Baltimore Orioles

League: MLB – American League East

Years Visited:
2005, 2009, 2011 & 2016

Opposing Team:
Boston Red Sox

Date Opened:
1992

Date Closed:
 NA

Overall Rating:
(1-10) 10

Beer Price Rank (2016): 8th highest in the MLB

Ticket Price Rank (2016): 14th highest in the MLB

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Rank: 1 out of 33

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Visit Order: 3 out of 33

Notable Award:
Big time stadium with a real homie, fan friendly old school baseball feel. Best food in the majors too!

Review:

20 years old and looking like it was just built last week. 25 years ago if you went to this area of where the park is, you would probably die. Memorial Stadium, which I dont know much about was an old school multi purpose stadium that served its purpose from the mid 50s to 2000 when it was finally torn down. A huge urban renewal project in Baltimore in the early 90s was the reason the inner harbor is one of the most beautiful places to watch a baseball game.

Camden yard was the third stadium I had been to and is my favorite of them all. As I write this, I have been to 30 MLB parks with 3 to go and everyone I go to I always compare it to this one.

From the design and architectural attention made on every detail, the stadium sets itself apart for many of the other newer stadiums in the league. Careful planning was down to make this park part of a larger picture. The stadium is simply just a piece of the inner harbor. Attracting, in past years, more fans of the visiting team then the home team, summers in Baltimore are busy and fun for all.

The stadium isnt the largest in the leagues, but holding 30K plus people, it really has warm old school ball park feel to it. The brick facades, the exposed black steal inner structure and cast iron are all import features of the stadium. In right field, they have a board walk where you can find some of the best food in the majors, cheap beer and the nicest fans in Baseball. There are little baseball sized plaques on the wall and ground that celebrates home runs hit by all sluggers of the MLB.

I have been to this park about 7 times and being 8 hours way from Boston, its a nice weekend summer trip. I advise any baseball fan to get here for the weekend. Its fun for the whole family. There is plenty to do around the inner harbor, between walking tours, boat tours, food, malls and bars, there is always something. Baltimore has a night life in a old neighborhood north of the stadium with tons of bars and if you want to stay close, Power Plant Live, which was an old power plant converted to a entertainment complex right next to the stadium, is a good choice.

According to Statista, the Orioles are #14 for highest ticket prices in 2016, see link for all MLB teams prices. They are also the 8th highest in beer prices according to business insider, see link for all MLB teams prices. If you are in the Baltimore area, take in a game. Arty tip: I would say stay close to the inner harbor, they have a light rail the runs to the burbs, but Baltimore is a walking city, stay in town and have a great weekend!

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Wonderland Station Complex MBTA Blue Line Station – TWE 0373

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Wonderland Station Complex MBTA Blue Line Station – TWE 0373

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Stadium Reviews

Inside Busch Stadium III – Baseball Park Reviews

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Inside Busch Stadium III – Arty 84 Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Busch Stadium III

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

League: MLB – National League Central

Years Visited:
2007

Opposing Team:
Arizona Diamondbacks

Date Opened:
2006

Date Closed:
 NA

Overall Rating:
(1-10) 8

Beer Price Rank (2016): 22nd highest in the MLB

Ticket Price Rank (2016): 8th highest in the MLB

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Rank: 8 out of 33

Baseball, Bars & Bedlam Visit Order: 7 out of 33

Notable Award:
Beautiful red brick views of the St. Louis Arch and Mississippi River.

Review:

Despite what many people have to say about St. Louis, I had a wonderful time. This was the second park on the 10 day road trip we were taking and as we pulled into the city we expected the worse. We had been on the road for about 12 hours that day, leaving Pittsburgh and heading to St, Louis with a stop in Louisville, KY to check out the Louisville Slugger Museum.

We stayed in a hotel right down the street from the ball park so it was a quick walk over. We made it into town just in time to get to the game, but when we headed over to the giant arch, we realized it would be a good two hour wait to take the elevator ride up so we opt just to do that next time we are in town.

We headed over the park and made our way in. Since this was a 10 day road trip, we tried to go as cheap as possible. From what I remember the ticket prices here were high so we had to get standing room. I think that was still a 20 dollar ticket. Our theory was it wasn’t going to sell out so we would walk up to the upper level and grab a seat up there, harmless right? We couldn’t of been more wrong. There was a guy at every level checking tickets, so needless to say we walked all the way to the top just to walk all the way down. By that time all the available places to stand we gone. I took us about 3 innings to find a solid place to stand.

We stayed for most of the game considering it was a Tuesday night and we weren’t planning on doing much at night. The problem we did run into is that the city, other than around the ball park, basically shuts down after 6PM, so looking for a place to eat or be able to go in with someone under 21 was impossible. Oh and our hotel didn’t have room service either so we pretty much starved that night.

As for the stadium, it was beautifully done. It was a replacement for another concrete donut multiplex stadium. The old stadium was right next door to this one. In fact when building the new stadium, they were only able to complete up to a small sliver in center field where the bleachers are because the old stadium was in the way. They construction workers had to wait until the last game of the season in 2005 and remove that section of the old stadium first so the new stadium could be completed before opening day in 2006. It was a impressive feat that the construction workers were able to do. Busch III was opening on time 100% complete by April of 2006.

The stadium has a huge concourse and all the modern perks of a modern stadium. Great views from around that park. The stadium room was located on the main walk way between the grandstand and box seats so you had to deal with people walking in front of you the whole time. Also for a stadium that is owned by a beer company, i expected at least the bud and bud light to be cheaper, boy was a wrong.

The stadium was nice and there the area we were staying was also seemed safe. There is a parking lot there, located where the old stadium was, but if you were going to visit, I’d stay in town. We only had about 6 hours total so I can’t really give a true assessment what the night life in and around the stadium was like, but from sources, there is a night life before and after game around the stadium.

According to Statista, the Cardinals are #8 for highest ticket prices in 2016, see link for all MLB teams prices. They are also the 22nd highest in beer prices according to business insider, see link for all MLB teams prices. If you are in Boston, take in a game. Arty tip: Drink before you go to the game at a dive bar somewhere. Beers and food will cost you a leg. Also wait to last minute and get your tickets on Stubhub. Don’t buy from the box office because you can find tickets cheaper elsewhere.

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A Walk through Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard – TWE 0395

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Look inside the New England Patriots Preseason Practice – TWE 0394

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Fort Myers Beach – Before and After the Storm

Growing up in Boston, 1500 miles away from Fort Myers, it would be tough for some to relate to such a different place in the country. Since I was a year old, I was coming down to Fort Myers every year (sometimes many times a year) to visit family that lived down here.

            When college came around, I would Spring Break at Fort Myers every year. Still to this day, I am down there every March. The Beach to me always had lots of meaning to me. So many memories over the years walking at night, eating, and drinking and learning the place better than some places I frequent more often.

            We wanted to share some pictures of Fort Myers Beach so they forever will be remembered what most of the people who have been there remember. The beach will forever be changed, but hopefully in time FMB will bounce back and rebuild stronger.

            Hopes and Prayers to anyone who lost their livelihoods.

Fort Myers Beach 2004-2021

After Ian

Fort Myers Beach March 2021