Wednesday, April 02, 2008
With the open sightlines of New Nationals Park--should Our Washington Nationals restrict the movement of patrons walking down from the concourses--while the game is being played? This consistent back and forth traffic can take away from the enjoyment of the game at hand. Bobbing and straining one's head--to see around someone standing--can be annoying.
Sohna and I noticed this very scene playing out on Opening Night at New Nationals Park. Some of our friends mentioned this issue also. In the lower bowl, we could plainly see many folks wandering down from the main concourse--standing, sometimes chatting--oblivious to the baseball game at hand. Sure, it was Opening Night and many in attendance are not ardent baseball fans, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be courteous to others.
If I recall correctly--there was talk by Our Washington Nationals to restrict customers from walking down to their seats while the ball is in play. The African Queen and I have experienced this rule at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Petco Park in San Diego. I believe Chase Field in Phoenix started the custom. In each case--The Usher at the top of each aisle either places a temporary chain across the passage or has a sign asking everyone to please wait.
Our Washington Nationals should follow suit. Unless there is an emergency--these is no reason to not hold folks at the top of the concourses. Those looking to return to their seats are not missing any of game--by waiting--briefly. The Game can be seen directly in front of them. No reason to hinder the enjoyment of watching the ball game for those seated. Vendors hawking their wares already obscure enough of the sightlines.
New Nationals Park offers excellent views throughout the stadium. Why not take advantage and allow everyone to enjoy the game--by limiting downward movement in the aisles--with the ball in play.
What do you think?