Friday, June 08, 2007
The Relocation Guide
Fortunately, today was a slower than expected day in Television News. Unfortunately-Friday, June 9th, 2007 was all about Paris Hilton. How sad has our society become when an untalented rich no nothing can leave many Americans waiting with bated breath?
Fortunately, for me--I took the opportunity to review the entire Relocation Guide for New Nationals Park for Our Washington Nationals. Its a good read. And, its well thought out. Will someone get screwed? Yeah, most likely. But, will most everyone be satisfied. Yeah--Most Likely. The process set out in the PDF FILE is fair to those who have supported this Franchise from the start. And, despite The Washington Post and many other news outlets CRYING FOUL over the High Prices for Presidential and Diamond Club Seats--I don't find the costs exorbitant. Diamond Club has been Sold Out since 2005. That will still be the case. We live in ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CITIES in this great world. I have NO DOUBT--those Presidential Seats will SELLOUT. It does not bother me they are considered the finest sightline seats in the park. Sitting behind a SCREEN is not something The African Queen and I enjoy. Being caged from the baseball game is not enjoyable. Have you ever sat behind Home Plate at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx? Their Screen so thick you have problems at times seeing the baseball. Let those folks have those seats. Its not going to take your, or my, enjoyment out of Nationals Baseball. Its business. Such Big Business, those folks are paying the freight for ALL THE PLAYERS we are going to enjoy for years to come. Everyone should thank them. Without those HIGH DOLLAR Seats & Suites--Our Washington Nationals are Perennial Losers like The Kansas City Royals.
Remember, included in the new pricing structure are thousands of $5, $10, $15 & $20 seats. Our Current Season Ticket Price in Section 320 is $40. No matter what The African Queen and I decide to do--we will not pay more than $10 more in 2008. In fact, Club Level is just $5 more than what we pay now (That's taking into account the most likely $5 Season Ticket Discount per game, per seat). Personally, we don't find that unfair. In fact, downright reasonable--considering the amenities included for seating in the Club Level. That's a deal--compared to what we now enjoy at RFK STADIUM--which only includes Our Friends & SCREECH!!
I am not here to state THE WEALTHY should have the best--and everyone else should just take the leftovers. That's not my point or belief. For a fact, I can tell you the sightlines in this ballpark are going to be terrific--no matter where you sit. Remember, as I wrote this past March--Nationals Park is compact, far smaller than RFK STADIUM. There will be LESS foul ball territory in play--17 yards in fact. THAT AMOUNTS TO ROWS of seats that don't exist at RFK Stadium. So, think about it--If 17 rows sit in front of the current RFK Stadium Configuration--then those fans that even sit in Row 40 in New Nationals Park will be just as close as WE NOW SIT IN SECTION 320 to the action. Sohna & I currently sit 25 rows from the field. AND WE LOVE OUR SEATS--AND OUR VIEW OF THE GAME!!!
During my March Tour--we sat on the Club Level down the right field line. Not a sole among us--Andy and SenatorNat included--did not feel we were RIGHT ON TOP OF THE FIELD. It was a GREAT FEELING. From the Main Concourse--standing at the last row of The Lower Bowl--We all knew that spot was closer than our seats at RFK STADIUM. The sightlines in New Nationals Park are going to be terrific--no matter where you sit. Truly, I believe that.
A truth I am sure will roll over in the much dreaded Season Ticket Relocation Process, feared by many ticket holders. No doubt, the jockeying has begun. But--The Guidelines are clear. Even those most wealthy must wait to buy up the extra best seats--until EVERYONE is accommodated. Team President Stan Kasten told me each and every season ticket holder has been assigned a number from 1 to the end of the pecking order based on all the criteria to qualify in your Season Ticket Class. Each and EVERY PERSON will be handled individually-step by step--until the process is complete.
Not 24 hours after the Relocation Guide was released to Season Ticket Holders--over 800 Fans had already sent in their questionnaire and deposit. The process will work. I am confident. Its easy to worry, Its easy to bother yourself over it. But, just like all the complaints over Our Washington Nationals not signing a ton of Free Agents this past winter--those concerns may well be unfounded. The 2007 Season is far more interesting than thousands believed.
Let the process play out. Come this time next year--we all will be enjoying Nationals Baseball on South Capitol Street--in Our Brand New "Old Navy, Exxon Mobil, Geico, Sony, Marriott, Northrup Gruman, Capital One, or Whatever you want to call it" Field. All our concerns will be a thing of the past. Nationals Baseball will be the only thing on our minds.