The only NFL games I've seen have been in Indy. I've seen baseball games in Cinergy and Great American in Cincy, AT&T in San Fran, and New Yankee Stadium. AT&T Park is absolutely beautiful right there on the Bay. I love New Yankee Stadium too, though a lot of people are critical of it. I never saw the old one though.
Sorry it took a few days to hammer these out, but as some of you pointed out... My 4 game "on the road" streak is finally over. My wife is so happy too because she was thinking she was the jinx. Now, she is blaming Seth and Duke Dynamite for losses that happened on the road in her presence. Anyway, due to my phone's battery being on life support half the night my photos are extremely limited. As for being in Staples Center while the Pacers handled their business was just fantastic (not as good as going to the Sports Book this morning). Here are some shots that I did manage to get before my phone started laughing at me.
[b]A win on Chick Hearn night... One of my favorite broadcasters. It was nice to be in the building & see the Lakers honor him.
Banner City... From the gift shop all the way to stuff in the arena bowl you'd be hard pressed to find anything that says 2 other major league teams play in this building. The gift shop was beyond pathetic when it came to finding LA Kings or LA Clippers gear. The actual gift shop employee told me there was more across the street at the ESPN Zone.
This photo of Lisa (my wife) and myself was taken by Area55 member @indysportsgirl. It was really nice to meet here along with Justin Beck and his Aussie crew.
This Christmas tree is set up on this public ice skating rink. It's hard to see the rink from the temporary stage that was set up for the L.A. Symphony. Personally, It is one of the best I've ever seen. I love how the front of Staples, ESPN zone and the Nokia Theater make that grand public plaza. Kinda like the Fieldhouse and Georgia St... without the Harness Lofts Parking lot
The Final Score... Well, as for the Staples Center as a place to watch basketball... I personally liked it. I thought the lighting was perfect with it dark in the stands and the court lit up like a stage where basketball was the feature presentation. The building seems A LOT smaller than it does when viewed from TV, but I don't know about that balcony... Eventhough they are not as far away as it would seem... They are still UP a good bit with 3 layers of luxury suites separating them from the "club level".
I don't know what it was about the Staples Center organ, but it sounded like a real Stadium Organ in comparison to the too much treble, not enough bass <s>Fairgrounds</s> Fieldhouse Organ.
For many years, Peck and myself would make jokes about their P.A. announcer being layed back and low key, not the hype guys that we've grown so use to. He fits for the Lakers considering the fans and team know why their in business. No T-Shirt nonsense, No fool in sunglasses running around during timeouts screaming into the mic or this we wanna be a rock concert motif. The Lakers game day is about BASKETBALL!!! Not keeping the kiddos and non basketball fans entertained. I surely appreciated it! Staples Center gets 2 thumbs up.
BTW, the Laker Girls are good! :drool:
No T-Shirt nonsense, No fool in sunglasses running around during timeouts screaming into the mic or this we wanna be a rock concert motif. The Lakers game day is about BASKETBALL!!! Not keeping the kiddos and non basketball fans entertained. I surely appreciated it! Staples Center gets 2 thumbs up.
I could not agree more.
A few years ago the Redskins started surveys for certain fans (year one it was season ticket holders. Then I got another one for general fans. Regardless, it was a cool thing for the team to do). I did not expect anything to come of it, but for 2 or 3 years I suggested I suggested the Redskins do something to the Mavericks for a military appreciation day.
Sure enough, this past summer the team announced they were going to have a game (I think it may be this Mondays game against New York) where they have a whole section donated to military families.
Not saying it was only one suggestion, but what is the harm in asking?
Perhaps even a question for Rob?
They dimmed the lights at the WWE show a couple of weeks ago. It can be done during games. Maybe Grady can get them to do it. I think it would help out greatly with the atmosphere of the game.
What did you think of the crowd? A lot of people have the thought that Lakers fans aren't good fans.
One thing I forgot... The ushers are very unforgiving when it comes to getting anywhere you're not suppose to be. After the game, I tried a few different ways to get down to speak with Mike Wells, Chris and Quinn (Something that I've always been able to do in any other venue) but was turned away. Considering that we have better seats in Sacramento & Oakland that shouldn't be a problem.
Seriously toying around with the idea of hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon for the Sacto and GS games. You guys make this sound like the most fun in the world.
Well enjoy the weather if you do it. I spent 90 minutes waiting to leave Denver due to SFO weather and when we got to SFO it was good and rainy. I couldn't tell if there was also fog or just overcast. Either way I didn't get in to SFO till 12:30 their time which is a long day when you went to work at 7:30AM EST. And there was no free hotel shuttle after 12.
But I'm in and hitting the bed to get ready for the Gnome arrival and pickup tomorrow, and some sweet wine-buying cash thanks to the Pacers.
We have arrived in the home of wine country. Look how happy these people are...
We went to St. Francis winery to start the day which was just what the doctor ordered. This is the region north of Sonoma. It's a beautiful vineyard, as are the other vineyards around that area.
Gnome gets some culture
Off we went down to Sonoma and then to Napa
Okay, so apparently the Kings play in an apartment complex...
Seriously, this is not an office complex. Apparently sporting events are conducted here. And tax preparation.
We did enjoy the trees in the parking lot.
Um, basketball players made of Pepsi? Okay sir.
Gnome made sure to utilize the fine on-property facilities, the highlight of the trip so far.
Good to see Gnome has that beard tightened up. :)
You guys brought the rain with you.