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It seems like every arena or ballpark has at least one signature feature that seperates it from the the rest of the crowd. McCovey Cove, Green Monster, etc. What is the one feature that you rate highest above all others?

Mine, only for the sheer bravado and uniqueness of it, is the locker room door at Rexall Place. I remember as a kid thinking how cool it was that the Oilers took an elevator up to get to the ice. :lol:

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McCovey Cove

There ya go. I remember the first splash landing at the park. People drove their boats towards the fricking ball not even thinking about the consequences. And when Bonds was going for the chase i remember all the people floating in that murky bay water, some even on chunks of foam. Now that cant be beat.

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I think there's two features that stand out in my mind that I rate higher because they're my teams. First would be, the Green monster. Second, and I'm not sure if it counts, but it would be the view of the sunset over the Rocky Mountains at Coors Field. There's really nothing like it.

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I just got back from my second visit to Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark. I really enjoy it there, especially compared to the other MLB ballparks I've visited (Tropicana Field, Yankee Stadium, and SkyDome/Rogers Centre). There are concessions on every level, good views from the $5 seats, and a generally clean atmosphere.

As far as unique features, there are smokestacks, but that's not really unique. I think the most unique feature is that something so generally nice could have replaced the dump that was Riverfront Stadium. I think that's quite an accomplishment.

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I just got back from my second visit to Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark. I really enjoy it there, especially compared to the other MLB ballparks I've visited (Tropicana Field, Yankee Stadium, and SkyDome/Rogers Centre). There are concessions on every level, good views from the $5 seats, and a generally clean atmosphere.

As far as unique features, there are smokestacks, but that's not really unique. I think the most unique feature is that something so generally nice could have replaced the dump that was Riverfront Stadium. I think that's quite an accomplishment.

Which game did you go to? The one where the Reds bullpen blew it, or the one where the Reds Bullpen blew it?

I was sitting by the foul pole in left field on Saturday, right near where the beach ball went on the field.

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I just got back from my second visit to Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.  I really enjoy it there, especially compared to the other MLB ballparks I've visited (Tropicana Field, Yankee Stadium, and SkyDome/Rogers Centre).  There are concessions on every level, good views from the $5 seats, and a generally clean atmosphere.

As far as unique features, there are smokestacks, but that's not really unique.  I think the most unique feature is that something so generally nice could have replaced the dump that was Riverfront Stadium.  I think that's quite an accomplishment.

Which game did you go to? The one where the Reds bullpen blew it, or the one where the Reds Bullpen blew it?

I was sitting by the foul pole in left field on Saturday, right near where the beach ball went on the field.

I was in the rightfield porch, opposite where you were. We had a pretty good view of everything -- a terrific deal for $5 tickets. It was a pretty good game, all things considered. Was it the interleague/champion-team bandwagon that caused so many White Sox fans to show up? Their prescence didn't make any geographic sense to me. They're certainly far from being a rival or anything. Is it normal for so many fans of the other team to show up? The other Reds game I went to was against the Rockies, so not much by way of comparison there.

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Alright, my full review of Pittsburgh venues.

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Mellon Arena - Ah, yes. The good ol' igloo. Nothing, really, except its the first public building with a {formerly} retracting roof. Nice dome shape. Beautiful outside, ugly within. Given the Pens current situation, a new arena would look like heaven right now. However, nothing will ever come close to the Igloo. Sorta has this magic about it.

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PNC Park - Three words. Skyline. Bridge. Classic.

This place has a classic 2 deck design, a beautiful skyline view, a river {not as close as McCovey Cove, but reachable} A bridge that's always been there but seems like its always been made for the park. Standing room with a left field rotunda. About the only thing that doesn't belong is the performance of the team in it.

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Heinz Field - Only been there a couple times for PITT games, but, it has a huge "Coca-Cola Great Hall" which is a fantastic museam dedicated to the history of Pitt and Steelers Football. Open end with a huge Plaza under the scoreboard. The nice view of the city. Its just a great state-of-the-art stadium. Only fotting for a five-time world champion team.

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Lambeau Field Atrium. Not only a grand entry into the stadum (with the statues of Lambeau and Lombardi outside) but a meeting place the rest of the year, with the Hall of Fame, Pro Shop and other attractions right there.

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Miller Park - either the Helafer Field youth park on the site of old County Stadium

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or the "Home to Heroes" murals in the concourses (I can't find a pic of those)

The Bradley Center entries are nice, too, but I haven't been there in years because I can't stand the NBA. And the Bradley overall is a very dull building, especially compared to the old MECCA (US Cellular Arena).

Wisconsin-the Kohl Center is dull in the arena part but has some lovely artwork inside the front doors.

Green Bay Resch Center - a nice facade and front plaza with a statue of Bart Starr. Inside, my main complaint is that you have to take stairs to get to the concourse level (I have a bum leg). There should have been escalators.

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The Pool at Chase Field has always been the greatest feature at the former BOB.

The Retracting Field isn't the only great thing about the new Cardinals Stadium, it's just revolutionary within itself

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I really like the leftfield to centerfield area in Minute Maid Park.

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First of all you have the short leftfield porch, then you have the bridge, and then the hill in deep centerfield (435 feet).

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Safco Field, trains pass through like right underneath/outside rightfield. If you go on the walkway area on the first deck theres train going through right below you, thats pretty cool. And they honk their horns while the games going on thats always fun.

Seahawks *Quest* Field. Has a Wall of every high school football helmets in the state of washington. And the helmets are placed in the shape of the state, thats always cool to go there and see your high school helmet.

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