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.
It’s that time a year again we’re we pick a NFL stadium we haven’t been to and go see the Patriots play on the road. When we saw Green Bay on the Schedule for the Patriots, we knew we had to go see the Fenway Park of NFL Stadiums. This will be stadium number 18 for us (19 if you want to say we say both the Giants and the Jets play home). I know its technically the same stadium but for teaming counting we’ll call it 19.
Notable Award: Easy to walk to from downtown and great views of the 3 rivers and downtown Pittsburgh.
PNC Park is a new park, but you can tell it was built for a small market team. Likes its sister city to the east, Philadelphia, the Pirates were a victim of a concrete donut which they shared with the cities football team, the Stealers. The former stadium was Three Rivers Stadium and was built in the early 70’s a result to build two new stadiums for the cities sports team for the price of one. As talked about earlier, the concrete donut was a staple to many cities in America during this time.
In the late 90’s Pittsburgh and their teams decided they needed to break up and get their own stadiums. PNC Park was designed and built for the Pirates, who at this time were already in a 10 year playoff drought, so the fund were not exactly their for them, and the stadium design reflects that directly.
Now don’t get me wrong, the stadium is very nice, but basic. It reminds me of a slightly bigger minor league park. It is a cookie cutter of a basic ball park with nothing special about it to make it unique. The facade along the stands is an odd choice of slate that has a pink tone to it. It seems like it was placed their in a last ditch cheap effort to cover the concrete.
There is a Outback in left field, where if you get in before the game and order food and drinks during the game, you can watch the pirates for free, which is a really cool feature. The crew and I spent a few innings in there prior to getting to the game. The game we went to was against the Nationals, who at this time had just become a team a year prior and as a result, there wasn’t a huge turn out but we had a good time.
While sitting in the stands there is a beautiful view of downtown Pittsburgh, the rivers and the beautiful yellow painted bridges that cross them. One such noted bridge is the Roberto Clemente Bridge. We stayed downtown and we walked about 20 minutes from our hotel, over the bridge and to the game. It was a beautiful summer Sunday. Pittsburgh has a very limited subway system, so walking really was the only way.
As for being Sunday, that led to absolutely nothing to do downtown after the game. We walked back to our hotel, went down to the restaurant and that was empty. we searched for a bar or a strip club and there was nothing. The city looked like a set of a movie with hardly any cars anywhere. It was just as well though, we had left Phillie that morning at 5:00AM to make the 1PM game. It was about a 4 hour a drive from Phillie to Pittsburgh. We took a nap after the game an went exploring.
My cousin and I went down to the bar in the hotel to check it out. There we met a bartender who was very helpful at he Double Tree we were staying. He sent us to this park of town which for the life of me I can’t remember. It was a 10 minute cab ride and about a 30 minute walk back. It was a street in Pittsburgh full of bars, pizza joints and little dive restaurants. For a Sunday night the club we went into was hoping. It is in fact the only city I have ever been to that the girls weren’t impressed with the Boston Accent.
If you are planning on visiting PNC, I would suggest stay downtown, walk to the game and maybe plan for a friday or Saturday night. There will probably be more going on in the old blue collar town. I heard there are a lot of bars to check out before the game around the stadium. Would definitely visit again and the experience was nice, I was just a little disappointed with the over all stadium design specially after seeing Camden and CBP prior.
League: MLB – National League East First Date Visited: 2005 Opposing Team: Arizona Diamond Backs Date Opened: 1987 Date Closed: 2011 (still open for football) Overall Rating: (1-10) 2 Notable Award: Worse place I have ever watched a baseball game, until I went to oakland lol. The reason why football & baseball should never share stadiums
Walking down the streets of South Beach, a very nice lady gave me 4 free tickets to a marlins game on a wednesday night. My cousin, 2 friends and myself were planning on going to the game anyways, but wow now for free. As we drove to the stadium we were a little skeptical that free tickets would just be given way but never the less it was worth the try. Dolphin stadium or what ever the hell its call now was about 30 mins north of South Beach. We finally get there and BOOM the tickets work.
We were their fairly early so we did a lot of walking around. This stadium has NOTHING to offer. Its a football stadium that in 92 when Miami was given an expansion team, the fine folk of MIami were like hey just put them with the dolphins. There was so much foul ground in this place that pitchers ERA had to be one of the best in the majors when they pitched here.</p>
They had hot tubs in right field and i think there was only 10k people there, if that. Our tickets were deep right field with a value of 1 dollar on them, we moved to 10 rows behind the plate. There was this unique beer vendor who would yell get your beeeeeeerrrrrrr heeeeeeeerrrrre; it was great. We stayed till about the 7th inning. We did get to see an unassisted triple play that game from Mike Lowell. Its a rarity in baseball incase you didnt know.
The food stunk, soggy hot dogs and pretzels. must of been all the humidity down there. The bread was like i sat on it with wet pants on. Other then the beer guy, one of my most memorable events there was hitting on the hot chick who was from Ft. Lauderdale and worked at the visa table. I signed up for a credit card for her and she gave me a towel, very nice. After flirting for an inning and a half she ended up giving me more towels, t shirts and marlins crap I will ever need for a lifetime. I got much use out of those towels!
This is another stadium with nothing around it. A concrete block in the middle of a parking lot. I have been here 2 times, once for baseball and once for football. As a football stadium, its average, for a baseball park, it stinks. Out of 30 i have been to this is easily #30, Im glad this didnt cost me a dime. The marlins are lucky now, they play in a much nice, more baseball feel stadium. They are very lucky they got the hell out of Miami Gardens Florida.