Fixing the Downer Dome
Wow. I have to read this again. Slowly.And Lastly: Tao of Stieb, which is a Jay’s blog I use to feed my addiction, made a suggestion that Windows Restaurant be replaced with some sort of open patio. I like the idea a lot, this could be a general admission walking area, hard core barbecue and beer garden. I’d like to take it a step further and have some of the outfield sections replaced with an astro turf picnic area. People should be allowed to eat the barbecue here, or even bring their own food from home. Families would love this and it would go a long way to building up a young fan base that could grow with the team into its competitive years.
Jesus. It isn't often that I read an idea and think, man, somebody out there is smarter than I am, but this is one of those moments (and, I am sorry to have to admit, but it appears as if two people, maybe more, join that elite club!)
I have been going to Blue Jays games longer than I have been crapping in a toilet (and will hopefully be going long after I stop), and never have I felt that Jays games were EVER tailored to the schmoes, and this has always seemed to me to be a gross oversight, as schmoes stay. Now I am not a dope, I understand the concept of luxury boxes - I have even (thanks to TBBGuy Joel) been able to enjoy a game in one, free booze and all (and let me tell you - it kicked some ass) but I cannot think of any reason that this sort of comfort and opulence (sans the free food and booze) shouldn't be enjoyed by all those brave souls (all 10,000 of them) that make the hike out to Tomb of Victories Past to catch a game.
The Jays Patch in the OF would accomplish just that. What a brilliant idea. And who the hell has ever gone to Windows anyhow? Tourists, that's who (again, Rogers catering to the rich and the transitory). Nobody worth their BJ goes to a game to eat a sit down dinner, but BBQ and beer (that isn't 9 friggin dollars!?! SERIOUSLY guys, NINE BUCKS and I get the choice of Coors Light, Bud or Blue? Come the Christ on! It's like when you were a kid and you were asked whether you'd rather eat poop or an eyeball! And at least then you weren’t charged NINE BUCKS for the pleasure!) and the ability to sit comfortably at a little side table (or on some turf) with the guys would be just brilliant.
I love it.
The Dome seriously sucks as is, and it isn’t going anywhere. Any of you smart guys have any other ideas about how we can fix the joint? Maybe some up-top seats with couches rather than those plastic hell seats? A ‘media lounge’ where you can watch big-screen games in progress? Or maybe just out-of-town scoreboards that list more than the score and who is AB (pisses me off every time I am at the dome – what genius decided AB rather than HR, etc. would be the one stat people would care about?)