Watching the Tacoma Rainiers day game Tuesday, we were left wondering what the general public received in return for the publicly funded improvements at Cheney Stadium.
The day before the game, the best seats weren’t available and the tickets weren’t available online or by phone the day of the game. The only option was to purchase tickets at the stadium. But after standing in line for 35 minutes, we were told by one of the only two ticket takers on hand that two box seats, next to each other, weren’t available.
Inside the stadium we discovered that most of the best box seats were empty and remained so the entire afternoon. Rainiers’ management hadn’t employed enough staff to open any of the concession stands down the left-field line. In the portion of stadium open to the general public, only one concession stand was open where one could purchase a hot dog or hamburger. There were no vendors, and just when will Warthog’s BBQ actually open for business?
The game was great. The sun was shining. But everything Rainiers’ management had control over was terrible. Watch the Yakima Bears and the experience is exactly the opposite – frequently very bad baseball, but decent food, cheap seats and management that goes out of its way to make the fans’ experience a good one. The only visible improvement at Cheney was better restrooms.
Rainiers’ ownership changes from time to time. The treatment of fans doesn’t.