Although access to sporting events started last season, many people (including myself) chose to watch from home. With cities continuing to welcome fans, I decided to finally take a step back into a stadium. On Wednesday, I went to my first sporting event since 2019! I know many people have questions about what to expect, so here are my observations.
One thing I missed the most about going to a game is tailgating. Thankfully, that was one part of the experience that felt the same. People had tents setup, beers were being chugged, and of course there were a few guys kicking around a ball. Even with a little rain, the atmosphere in the parking lot was lighthearted.
For those who are unfamiliar with Subaru Park, there are several entrances. There is also an exterior doorway for the Pro Shop. My buddy Kyle and I made our way toward the stadium at 6:45pm, and we found that everyone was being forced to enter thru the Premier Orthopedics Gate (see below for reference). The queue began to form, and we waited for security to welcome us in at 7 sharp. Our temperatures were taken (mine on the wrist), and we proceeded into the concourse. As expected, masks are required at all times, unless actively eating/drinking.
I hope you bring your turning signal when walking thru Subaru Park, because they have walking lanes marked on the ground. In fact, the stadium’s pedestrian roads are pretty organized. Arrows on the ground indicate which side to walk on, and there are even specific entrances and exits for each section. For example, we sat in 122. Even though we could enter at 122, we had to exit at the next section over. Arrows and signs made It easy to follow, and everyone seemed to abide by the directions with ease. An example of the arrows on the ground can be found below, and you can even see Phang sporting a mask!