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TACOMA: Cheney’s receding roofline is all wet

Letter by Earl D. Erickson, Tacoma, on March 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm with No Comments »
March 21, 2011 3:27 pm

Re: “Cheney Stadium’s receding roofline” (TNT, 3-20).

I plan to attend the opening day of Tacoma Rainiers baseball April 15 and am looking forward to it rain or shine, but this receding roofline really bothers me. This is the first time I heard of this.

I was aware of the controversial contract bids, but this will be definitely problematic. By looking at the newspaper photos, I am concerned with the openness of the grandstand seating without cover. I can’t believe this plan was given permission to proceed.

Really? Uncovered during our rainiest season from April to July? Where do the fans plan to run to during a torrential rainfall and wind? I thought the old roofline needed improvement, and then comes this.

The corporate bigwigs and their fancy suites seem to have made out the best, and the ordinary fans are left behind. This is a PR blunder.

Cheney Stadium has always been about the fans. Are we supposed to bring our umbrellas and ruin the view for others? We are being blindsided. Without going on about my complaints any further, I will have to see how this all works out. So far, it doesn’t look good for Tacoma Triple-A baseball fans like me. Umbrellas and rain suits will not cut it.

Too bad the money isn’t there for a retractable roof like Safeco Field’s. God knows we will need it.

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