Sunday, October 07, 2007
The Milwaukee Brewers have listed their Entire 2008 Tentative Schedule with START TIMES (Reminder--Milwaukee's Listing is for the Central Time Zone). It just so happens that The Brewers will make their only appearance at New Nationals Park during Memorial Day Weekend--2008--for four games. All four of which shall commence with different start times.
7:10PM for a Saturday Night Game. 1:35PM for Sunday Afternoon. 12:35PM for Memorial Day.
But, the most compelling and interesting time is 7:35PM for a Friday Night Game. Is this an effort to lighten the blow of Rush Hour Traffic and potential gridlock surrounding The Parking and Transportation Issues still outstanding around the South Capital Street Venue? Is the 7:35PM Start Time a temporary move while Metro works on their issues and The Parking Spaces and road flow are worked out?
I hope so.
Because, personally, I like the 7:05PM (or even now 7:10PM starts mentioned for Saturday Games). Many times the games run late--well past 10PM even with a 7:05PM start. Now, it would not be unreasonable to think that many fans with a 7:35PM start--who stay throughout every game--will not get home before Midnight during a weekend game. That probably will hold true, whether you use Metro or Drive your car.
The 7:05 Start has worked for Sohna & I during the first three seasons of baseball in The Nation's Capital. Getting off work at 5:45PM gave me ample opportunity to Metro over to RFK Stadium, meet up with The African Queen and get settled for that night's game. Now, in all likelihood--there will be a lull time before each and every game. Sure, for the first few weeks, that might mean extra time to explore New Nationals Park. But, eventually--for Regular Attendees--that's going to get "Old Hat"--really quick.
A 7:05PM start is still fine with me. How about you?