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What do you think about the new Cheney Stadium?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
April 2, 2011 2:37 pm
Workers spruce up the new three-story facade at Cheney Stadium Thursday (Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer)

Are you going to the open house Saturday at Cheney Stadium? The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking and free hot dogs? I’m there.

I want to check out the renovation – including the shrunken roof. The forecast calls for possible showers, so maybe we’ll get a feel for what it will be like for spectators.

I’m interested in others’ take on the facility. Feel free to post your thoughts here.

UPDATE: I think most of Pierce County was at the opening today, and it was great to see so many families and folks eager to check out the new facility. The weather cooperated; it was cool and breezy, but the sun was out.

Traffic was so heavy getting in to the stadium around noon, that it really needed someone there directing things. A couple of police finally showed up at 12:15, and that helped. When we left at 1:15, long lines of cars were still coming into the parking lot.

People seemed impressed with the new stadium, although I did hear several say that the new roof was too short. It looks to me like it will protect maybe five rows of the uppermost seats. Oh, well; I try to avoid going to games when the weather looks iffy anyway.

I’m interested in trying out the new lawn along the right-field line. I always enjoy sitting on the outfield lawn at Mariners spring practice in Peoria, so we’ll see if the experience is comparable. The Cheney lawn is considerably smaller, though.

Visitors today got to wander through the Rainiers’ locker room and dugouts and check out a couple of the very nice luxury suites. One of the young tour guides said that nine of 16 suites have been contracted out for one to three years.

I liked the airy new team store; I’ll have to go back when the lines are shorter and get one of the hats with the big T rising over Mount Rainier. I think fans will enjoy the new concessions areas and bigger restrooms. And the metal orca sculptures at the entrance are very nice.

OK, now I’m ready for some baseball. The Rainiers’ home games begin April 15 against the hated Sacramento River Cats.

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