On cool, damp, rainy days like today – and the ones that are forecasted to happen over the next 5 days or so, I cannot help but get a little ticked over the new Yankee Stadium plans.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with the concept of a new Stadium. I’m a big believer that the current Stadium is 30-years-old and not this great old ballpark that some make it out to be, and therefore do not want to lose it. Heck, I actually have baseball gloves that I used in a game that are older than anything in the current Yankee Stadium.
In any event, the thing that ticks me is the Yankees’ reported call not to have a retractable dome on the new facility. The logic that I have heard on this decision was (something like): ‘The roof would cost about an extra $350 million and since studies showed that not many games are rained out anyway, and the Yankees are paying for just about everything, they decided that the roof wasn’t worth it.’
Yeah, they’re right. There are not a lot of rainouts. But, there are many, many, games where fans have to sit through constant cold drizzle or steady periods of rain, etc. Think about the Giambi slam in extras to beat the Twins. Think about Clemens 400/3000 game. There are tons more like this. What about those times? Do you not care about the fans?
I have season tickets in the Loge that I would never give up just for the reason of the fact that they offer protection from the elements. And, when you’re taking your wife to the game, or your 69-year-old Dad, there’s something to be said for not making them sit out there in the cold rain for three-hours to watch a baseball game.
I guess it’s important to state that I’m as anti-dome as anyone and would tear down the parks in Minny and Tampa Bay if I had the power. However, if you’ve seen parks like the one in Seattle and Houston, there is a way to have a retractable dome and not take away from the beauty of the ballpark.
Just throwing this option out there as we probably watch baseball in the rain more often than not over the next few days.