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Seems like a good time to plug our locator thread: http://somers.activeboard.com/t47174444/where-are-we/

You never know when you might wind up somewhere near other SOMers members.

I saw old Comiskey (1975), Fenway (2004) and the Vet (1991-'93), while I was in the Navy.  Since retiring, I have been to AT&T Park, when we took a trip to San Francisco on the AMTRAK Coast Starlight (2001).

My bucket list trip would be to take AMTRAK's Empire Builder to Chicago, then branch off to Kansas City, to see the Negro League Baseball Museum, and head to Cooperstown.



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seajaw wrote:

Seems like a good time to plug our locator thread: http://somers.activeboard.com/t47174444/where-are-we/

You never know when you might wind up somewhere near other SOMers members.

I saw old Comiskey (1975), Fenway (2004) and the Vet (1991-'93), while I was in the Navy.  Since retiring, I have been to AT&T Park, when we took a trip to San Francisco on the AMTRAK Coast Starlight (2001).

My bucket list trip would be to take AMTRAK's Empire Builder to Chicago, then branch off to Kansas City, to see the Negro League Baseball Museum, and head to Cooperstown.


 Well, there is TT in Philly.....NatsFan in DC.....

When I plan my trip thru KC, I definitely plan on going to the NLBM.

There could be one slight catch, on the last day going to Yankee Stadium...it is the celebration of the 1996 Championship team.  Of course the day after (Sunday) is the day they dedicate a plaque to Mariano Rivera, so maybe everyone will want to go to that game instead LOL.



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/16)

 

I have found out that the Friday night game in Philadelphia on 8/12 vs Colorado is going to be "Jim Thome Wall of Fame Induction Night".

I have already mentioned that the Saturday game on 8/13 in New York is going to honor the 1996 World Championship Yankees team.



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/20)

Rooms have been booked, I only spent $250 of my allotted $300 hotel budget, so I am already ahead of the game!....it pays to be a card carrying AARP member!!

Tickets will be purchased either today or tomorrow, I already have checked out pricing and parking.  Since I am staying in a central location in New Jersey, and travelling to NY City and Philadelphia from there, I won't be able to do something like a shuttle, so I am going to have to bite a little bullet and park at the stadium parking lots.  Washington, Philadelphia, and Citi Field aren't crazy expensive (about $20 each, which you can add right to your ticket purchase so it is all printed out for you), Pittsburgh is $7 directly by the Clemente Bridge, the tough one is Yankee Stadium.  There are lots through brokers that you can get for super cheap (under $15, some under $10), but I did some research and some of the services (like parkwhiz or parkingpanda), you have to open an account with them and give them your credit card, and some people I have read reviews for have had a lot of transaction issues with their cards.  So, I am going to spend the $35 and park at one of the garages that I can get the parking pass added to my ticket price (the garages are safe, and 24/7 hours of operation); I hate doing it, but that is the problem with NY City event parking. 

I RARELY use my card on a trip; the motels I booked today have a card attached to them, but it is only used for reserving the room, I pay for the motels in cash when I get there (so they don't put a hold on my card for anything).  I pay for the tickets with a card obviously, but those transactions are through the team website, and I have never had anything even close to a problem in the past.  I have a separate gas card for my gas purchases (Valero).

These are some of the things I have learned over the few trips like this I have gone on.  Since the trip is fairly short, and most everything is paid for ahead of time, I don't even have that much cash on me (I will use a card for things like food).

There is a cool website called aviewfrommyseat.com that shows you from a ticket holders point of view exactly what your seat view looks like.  You can look up any venue for any sport.  It is pretty cool actually to see ahead of time what your seats are going to actually look like, and not the view from the team's website.



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/20)

First ticket purchased, SD @ PITT, Tuesday 8/9, 7:05pm...

Section 108, Row E, Seat 18

Total cost with the fees was $45.45 ($38 ticket)

The seat is just to the right of the 1st base dugout, near the field.  Tickets in Pittsburgh are VERY inexpensive, but they fill the stadium so I didn't want to get cheap tickets and not be able to move down.  You will see once the trip gets going that I am one of those who do that.  In fact, I have been scouring the attendance figures to see how the stadiums are being filled.  For the first 4 games I am going to, there are no "rivalry" games (Yankees play Tampa the final day).  For example, last night in Philadelphia drew only 18,347 versus Miami (42% full), Washington drew 38,747 versus the Dodgers (93% full), and Pittsburgh drew 27,106 versus Milwaukee (70% full).  Most of Philadelphia's games are barely 60% capacity, so that is a good spot to get a fairly cheap ticket (but still a decent seat, not nosebleed stuff) then move down after the 1st inning (although the game I am attending is Jim Thome Wall Of Fame night on a Friday so it will be a bigger crowd, even though they are playing Colorado).  I know that may be lame to most of you, but what the heck, if no one is going to be sitting in a nice seat, I may as well!!

Just another little "trick" I have learned over the years when planning these things.

I warned you all at the beginning of this thread that I am OCD about a lot of stuff!!

This is a pic from aviewfrommyseat.com right behind where my seat will be (Section 108, Row H, Seat 21), to give you an idea...........

http://aviewfrommyseat.com/large-photo/56166/PNC+Park/section-108/row-H/seat-21/



-- Edited by nacster on Wednesday 20th of July 2016 08:04:14 PM

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Nice seat.

Thanks for the tips, I may be using them one day.

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Nice view.  Sorry I missed you.  I was at the Phil's game on Tuesday night.  I was surprised to learn that the Phil's are tied for the league lead in shutouts with 10. As sad as this may sound they are playing better than I thought they would.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Nice view.  Sorry I missed you.  I was at the Phil's game on Tuesday night.  I was surprised to learn that the Phil's are tied for the league lead in shutouts with 10. As sad as this may sound they are playing better than I thought they would.


 LOL, I haven't gone yet!..........that was a picture of someone's seat in Pittsburgh...............you may have to go back and re-read all the posts I think.........confuse



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glewis wrote:

Nice seat.

Thanks for the tips, I may be using them one day.


 I was Googling seat views in stadiums, and one of the pics had that website attached to it.

It really is a cool site, there are tons of pics posted from people.



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/21)

 

Ticket is purchased for CLEV @ WASH, Wednesday 8/10, 4:05pm.....

Section 205, Row B, Seat 3

Total cost with the fees was $66.50 ($35 ticket, $20 parking)

I hate sitting on the 3rd base side, just a quirk of mine, but the seat I wanted in the same/mirrored section on the 1st base side had the scoreboard too close to me LOL.

The way is breaks down as of now, it is going to be Stephen Strasburg's turn, but that could all change is a little over 2 weeks time.  His unbeaten streak came to an end today anyways LOL.

This is a pic from aviewfrommyseat.com directly behind my seat (Section 205, Row C, Seat 4) to give you an idea.....

http://aviewfrommyseat.com/photo/6614/nationals+park/section-205/row-c/seat-4/

 



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/21)

 

Ticket is purchased for ARIZ @ NYM, Thursday 8/11, 12:10pm..........

Section 407, Row 4, Seat 7

Total cost with the fees was $64.00 ($30 ticket, $22 parking)

Had to get something very high up, because ticket prices at Citi Field are stupid expensive.  Yankee Stadium tickets are worse of course.  Not that I am afraid of heights, I just don't like nosebleed type of seats, never have.  I am going to hope I can move down at some point LOL.

This is a pic from aviewfrommyseat.com in my section, a couple rows in front of my seat (Section 407, Row 1, Seat 12) to give you an idea........

http://aviewfrommyseat.com/photo/14169/citi+field/section-407/row-1/seat-12/



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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/21)

 

Ticket is purchased for COLO @ PHIL, Friday 8/12, 7:05pm.......

Section 211, Row 3, Seat 7

Total cost with fees was $71.50 ($43 ticket, $18 parking)

Again, had to get something a little higher then I like.  With the way the attendance has been, even allowing for Jim Thome Wall of Fame Night on a Friday, I should be able to move down at least a little bit.  Colorado isn't exactly a huge rivalry game.

This is a pic from aviewfrommyseat.com, which is actually the same section and row as mine (Section 211, Row 3, Seat 3) to give you an idea..........

http://aviewfrommyseat.com/large-photo/24431/Citizens+Bank+Park/section-211/row-3/seat-3/



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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

33 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

37,117 regular season games through 34 replays!

 

 



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Can't believe the cost of parking for some of these places. Jazz games in Salt Lake are half to a third the price e.

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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/21)

 

Ticket is purchased for TB @ NYY, Saturday 8/13, 1:05pm.........

Section 329, Row 4, Seat 21

Total cost with fees was $90.10 ($46 ticket, $35 parking)

Had to pay the piper for the parking, didn't want to chance having my card hacked, went through the team's website, for $20 or so extra, why mess around ya know?

The seats are the worst of the five stadiums, obviously for money reasons.  Can't justify spending over $100 a ticket for a seat unless it is in the dugout LOL.  On the other hand, I hate sitting far from the action so I would never ever get bleacher seats anywhere.

This means all my tickets have been purchased, I had wanted to cap my spending on tickets and pre-paid parking at $350, and it ended up being $340, so I did good.  Five games with parking for $350 in mostly very large cities (except Pittsburgh) sounds darned good to me!

This is a pic from aviewfrommyseat.com of the same section and row as mine (Section 329, Row 4, Seat 4) to give you an idea.......

http://aviewfrommyseat.com/photo/23294/yankee+stadium/section-329/row-4/seat-4/



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33 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

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1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

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1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

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pfunkone wrote:

Can't believe the cost of parking for some of these places. Jazz games in Salt Lake are half to a third the price e.


 Well, the BEST way to do it was what I did when I went to Wrigley Field the second time.

First time I didn't know any better, paid $35 for about a 2 mile walk.

Next time I researched a shuttle that cost $7.

Problem with this trip is, since some of the start time are in the afternoon (or EARLY afternoon for the games in NY City), I didn't want to risk screwing up.  When I went to Chicago and used the shuttle, I got to my hotel hours before the start of the game, which gave me time to get to the shuttle lot without sweat.  Remember, these aren't cities I am used to, nor is the traffic flow easy.  When I stayed in Chicago I stayed about 35 miles from the stadium.  This trip I am staying in Jersey and driving to Philly and New York.  The games in New York start at 12:10 and 1:05.

Really, only the Yankee game is the crazy cost of parking.  I can handle $20 for the most part.  In Pittsburgh it is going to cost only $7 to get to a lot right across the Clemente Bridge, and that is the pricey one of the bunch (all the other lots cost $5 but a little further walk).  The other thing too is the size of the city.  When I went to Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Cincinnati for example, parking was pretty cheap.



-- Edited by nacster on Thursday 21st of July 2016 09:08:07 PM

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1906

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1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

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