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Rooftop seats a big hit with fans, management

From Yesterday’s USA Today:

[…] A growing number of Major League Baseball teams are seeing the value in going on the roof, aiming to replicate the old-time charm of the rooftop seats built by homeowners outside Wrigley Field in Chicago.

[…] “Rooftop seating hearkens back to a lot of good things in baseball … Wrigleyville, Fenway Park,” says Jeff Overton, executive vice president of business operations for the Padres.

These freewheeling sections appeal to 20-something hipsters who come to socialize as much as watch sports. Some have sky bars, dunk tanks and mechanical bulls. Their party-hearty atmosphere makes them a magnet for singles who like to mingle. Of course, there’s always the possibility fans could get carried away. Like the topless blond woman — “wearing nothing but a thong and a smile,” according to the Toronto Sun— who casually enjoyed a Blue Jays game from a Renaissance Hotel outfield suite overlooking Rogers Centre in July.

[…] The rooftop movement dispels “the notion baseball needs to be viewed from box seats, or luxury suites to be enjoyed,” Dee says. “They made the rest of the park come alive.”

The new ballpark in Harrison Square will include rooftop seating which will be built atop the western end of the parking deck. 

According to the Wizard’s website, the seats will cost $8 per game, with a season subscription setting you back $460.  In addition to the rooftop option, there are terraced areas on both wings of the ballpark as well as seating available on the berms in the outfield.  A plethora of seating options will be available.

Thanks to Greg Leatherman for the heads up on the article.

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