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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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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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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
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MBTA Harvard Square Station – TWE 0368

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What should we do this weekend in Wisconsin? Traveling for the Packers and Brewers Game

Intro:

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.

List of all our stadiums

To give a little break down on what we do, each year we either see the Saints play on the road (Suzi J team) or the Patriots (Arty’s team) and this year it’s the Patriots.

Game Plan:

Our game plan is as follows:

  1. Land in Milwaukee on Friday night
  2. Site see during the day Saturday
  3. Brewers Game Saturday Night
  4. Casino after game
  5. Sunday Morning jump on the bus and head to Green Bay
  6. Fly back to Boston Monday

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Every time we are in a new city, we want to see everything the town or area has to offer. Let us know where we should eat, drink, and sites to see

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Inside PNC Park – Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: PNC Park

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

League: MLB – National League Central

First Date Visited: 2007

Opposing Team: Washington Nationals

Date Opened: 2001

Date Closed: NA

Overall Rating: (1-10) 8

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.

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Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine East Boston – TWE 0289

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Cardinals Game in Jupiter and Bruins Vs Florida Panthers Game – TWE 0106

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Inside Dolphins Stadium (MLB) – Baseball Park Reviews

Stadium Name: Dolphins Stadium

Team: Florida Marlins (Now Miami Marlins)

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.

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