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- Portland Tribune - News
CONCESSION STANDS: PGE Park's ratio of concession stands to customers is 1-to-3,333. At Cincinnati's new Great American Ballpark, the ratio is 1-to-1,566.
FREE VIEWS: Major League Baseball frowns on unauthorized viewing of games. That could raise issues with Multnomah Athletic Club members, who have been watching games from various points in the club since the stadium first opened in 1926. What's more, PGE Park could lose its liberal number of free sightlines off Southwest 18th Avenue.
TURF: The Phillies are now the only major league team to use Nexturf, the type of artificial surface used at PGE Park. Baseball players tell management of parent team Padres they generally like the turf.
SEATS: Big-league ball supporters acknowledge that PGE Park would need to add about 5,000 seats. Possible locations include above the left-field and right-field walls.
CORRIDORS: When concession stands get busy Ñ and in games when PGE Park draws more than 5,000 fans, they get busy quickly Ñ lines can stretch across the corridors, blocking pedestrians in all directions, making getting around the stadium taxing. One proposal: Add open-air corridors along Southwest 18th and 20th avenues.
SUITES: Although PGE Park's 38 suites are considered a low number, the suites contain a number of 'major league' amenities: televisions, DVD players, ample seating and large refrigerators.
PRESS BOX: Every major league stadium seats media representatives in enclosed boxes. PGE Park's baseball 'press box' actually consists of a long table placed in an aisle directly behind home plate. Radio and television commentators Ñ as well as their microphones Ñ sit just a few feet away from fans.
RESTROOMS: Fans attending last season's Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres exhibition game reported that making a pit stop was at least an inning-long (15-minute) ordeal.
NOISE: PGE Park neighbors fear that more home games (81 major league games compared to 72 minor league games) and more fans (as many as 20,500 per game to 6,500) will mean more noise.
PARKING: Save for a couple of hundred spots in what stadium operators call 'VIP lots,' PGE Park has few nearby parking spaces. In contrast, the new Philadelphia Phillies stadium, set to open in 2004, will have 20,000 spots Ñ or more parking places than PGE Park holds people.