I am going to discuss something that falls specifically under the umbrella of being a smart fan, but won’t necessarily help you save you any money. A lot of of us watch baseball games from the upper deck, which in the present day stadium isn’t usually a bad encounter. I have discovered that many stadiums have improved sights of the surrounding skylines and scenery from the “cheap seats.”
Regrettably, one of the downsides of sitting in the upper deck (in most situations) is the continuous flow of pedestrians obstructing your view. Honestly the same is true for field level in many cases, especially when the sections have 50+ rows with about 30 seats per row – do the numbers. I guess my request to you, as a fellow baseball fan, is to wait until the middle or end of an inning before entering or exiting your seat. I doubt my words will make much of a difference, so I digress. Knowing the fact that at most ballparks, a large portion of the fans have almost no idea that a baseball game is occurring in their presence; you should plan accordingly.
Here are my guidelines for not letting unaware, constantly late, overactive bladder suffering fans damage your next baseball game:
1. Sit down Behind The Plate
When sitting in the upper deck, there is more than one advantage to sitting in the area right behind home plate. Imagine that you are right behind the plate it will be difficult for people in the aisles to hinder your view of the action. This is especially true if you are sitting in the middle of the row. While upper deck seats behind the plate are traditionally a few bucks more than there down the line alternatives, I would contend that it is worth it in most cases.
2. Stay away from aisle seats closest to the plate
Imagine you are sitting on any level, in between first base and the right fielder. If you get aisle seats nearest to first base in that section, you will have an constant flow of visitors in your face for the greater part of the game. Up until the 4th inning it will be confused fans and an accompanying usher assisting them find there seats because they have just arrived. Beginning in the 6th you will see people head for the house no matter what the score. Combine that with restroom and concession trips along with vendors and you have missed 50 percent the game. (Let me note that this hasn’t been my experience at every stadium. Stadiums with a high level of intensity and a track record for well-informed fans do not have this problem nearly to the same degree.)
In my example above, a superior choice is to ask for aisle seats on the side of the row nearer to right field. You will still have people walking by you, but this time they will be on your right and the infield will be to your left. God help you if a ball gets hit to the right field corner, but at minimum you have a generally clear view of the infield where most of the activity happens.