So here I sit at the airport reflecting on the final week of Spring Training.
First the weather was great for all the games and for the entire time we were here. Let me recap the area first and then some baseball will come in my post tomorrow.
Roger Dean Stadium is clean and I suspect is a bit above the middle of the road type of venue. They charge $7 for parking in their vacant lot but across from Gate B is a public parking garage that is FREE. That was a good lesson learned early. The gates open 1.5 hrs before the game and they move quickly. Don’t take any red licorice in as the confiscate it and tel you that anytime you wish to come back down and eat some of it you may do that before the end of the first inning and then they throw it away. Hmmph.
We tried all ticket prices to get a feel for the stadium. My wife liked the berm better than the bleacher as long as you can sit and lean against the wall. I didn’t like get up and down from the ground. The bleachers were nice and clean and comfortable but there are always people talking loud and giving a story that explains how much they know and how important their lived are.
The box seats are standard like any other stadium. We got stuck in the middle of a long row and in the middle. I felt like singing hte song from Steeler’s Wheel. One thing about Roger Dean Stadium is the sound system doesn’t carry very far. Hard to catch what isd being said.
During the middle of the trip we went to Space Coast Stadium in Viera Florida to see the Nationals and Cardinals. the stadium was out in the edge of town and was easily accessible from the interstate. The made us park a bit far from the game and we were early enough that shouldn’t happen.
We stayed at Comfort Suites which is easy access to the stadium and is about 3-4 miles from it. I recommend it or next door the Fairfield Inn. The easy drive either down Indiantown Road for more scenery or out on the interstate for quicker drive, either will do.
I would like to do this again but an alternative to this is driving up and down the coast and catching games at all 14 stadiums in Florida. Let me end where I started. The weather was 82-90 degrees and very nice. As I typed this I get a text from home, in Illinois, that just simply said, “snowing”. That is not nice and I intend to bring this weather back with me so that I may attend a warmer Opening Day in St Louis.
Tomorrow I will talk baseball and the teams and players we saw.
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