No Quick Way Around the Park
Emilie, you were absolutely right about Cantina Marina French fries. Those things are fantastic. I daresay the best in the park. I also tried their Cajun corn dog and, although it's a little scary how they finish off the spice rub, it, too, was fantastic.
The downside is that I likely won't ever see Cantina Marina unless I go before the game starts. I sit on the third base side, 200 level, and there is no way I'm getting to Cantina Marina, (first base side, 200 level) and back in less than an inning's time during the ballgame. And that's without a line. The time it takes to traverse the park hits the point of diminishing returns, good as those fries are.
That is the one bummer about the ballpark for me: being unable to circle the park on the upper levels. The closer in to home plate you are, the worse it is because the suite sections cut you off. You have to go down a level or more and the means to do so aren't always obvious, open or time-friendly. Escalators on either first or third base sides are pretty handy, but if they aren't moving in your direction (it changes mid-game), you have to backtrack to an elevator or the ramps.
Good luck finding an elevator if you don't go to the park very often. The third base elevators and escalators are jammed into dark corners. And personally I hate the ramps. They're too silent, for one thing. No game feeds are piped in, and crowd sounds are muffled so you lose the ballgame feel instantly. The ramps are not nearly as unattractive as RFK's. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but they're brand new and still look a little shabby with their dull gray paint and bland railings and walls. You can't see the field from the home plate ramps, and it takes four traverses to go just one level, which is time consuming.
The centerfield area is clearly not a problem. It's plenty open, but how many seats are on the centerfield side compared to the infield side? Not many. You can circle the ballpark on one level, but with crowds of more than 25,000, that concourse gets pretty log-jammed and, again, time-consuming.
It's not that I'm lazy, though I can be. But the point is that for all the talk about how open and cozy the ballpark is, getting from one end of the park to the other on the upper levels can be a pain.
I'm curious how (or even IF) sections such as, say, 416 to 420 get down to Ben's Chili Bowl or Noah's Pretzels? Do you have a trick for getting from section 204 over to Cantina Marina without missing half the game?
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