Clubhouse Chatter: What's the best ballpark or stadium to work or visit?
What our columnists and sports writers have to say as they wait for the games to resume:
What's the best ballpark, stadium or arena at which you've covered a game or visited as a spectator?
• Lambeau Field. The opportunity to walk on this hallowed ground after covering a game there about 15 years ago is something I'll never forget. My wife and I have also attended two Bears-Packers games in the stands and the atmosphere is truly one of a kind.
-- John Dietz
• A stadium is merely a place I go to work, so all I see is the press box, the clubhouse and -- in the case of baseball -- the field, so I wouldn't have the slightest idea what's good or bad about any stadium. Mostly, I just hope there's coffee in the press box and that's pretty standard. I will say Coors Field seems like a great place and Dodger Stadium is beautiful, but that's only at a glance. As for viewing, I had season tickets in the first row of the second balcony at Chicago Stadium and I can't believe there has ever been a better way to watch a hockey game, or a better building for atmosphere.
-- Barry Rozner
• There aren't many stadiums that stand out to me. The older ones were flawed, the newer ones tend to be bland and similar. I like the home of the Utah Jazz, currently known as Vivint Smart Home Arena. It's probably best in the NBA as far as putting the fans on top of the action. The lower deck is steep and close to the court. The atmosphere at the NBA Finals in 1997 and '98 was impressive. I'll never forget Bulls players holding their ears during pregame introductions. One spot that was a tough loss for the NBA is Key Arena in Seattle. That's another one where the fans sat close and it's located in a great part of the city, a few steps from the Space Needle.
-- Mike McGraw
• Seattle was always one of my favorite major league cities to visit, but the Kingdome was the worst stadium in baseball. That changed in 1999, when Safeco Field opened. Now known as T-Mobile Park, this venue went from worst to first in a hurry. There is the retractable roof that seemingly closes in minutes and only covers the playing surface, the extra wide concourse, great food and perfect location. The Mariners are still trying to field a team worthy of this facility.
-- Scot Gregor
• While eating Cheerios with my mitt at arm's length on the kitchen table, my dad tapped me on the shoulder, led me to the car and took me on a surprise trip (and my first) to Wrigley Field. Box seats. Third base, 12 rows from the Cubs dugout. Walking up the steps to field level and seeing the right field wall and then the greenest of grass ... the park seemed much smaller than on TV. Best day of my 7-year life. Favorite place to work? Chicago Stadium. The closeness, the din. Wayne Messmer. Unmatched.
-- Mike Smith