It’s now official,the Toronto Blue Jays are going to play an exhibition game at Olympic Stadium on march 28&29. I already have my tickets for the first two games. On Friday,I will be in section 210 and section 406 for the Saturday game(Row AA). It is going to be my lifetime’s 16th stadium,and I am hoping to snag at least one ball during the week end. Can’t wait for this event,and hope to see at least 40,000 fans at each game. Play Ball!
I know, I am a lot of game late for the blog. But I wanted first to talk to you about a visit that I did last week in my own town(!). I visited the Olympic Stadium of Montreal. As you may know, Montreal hosted the Olympics game in 1976 and use this event to built a new stadium that was supposed to be revolutionary… So my day started near the Jackie Robinson statue just outside the stadium.
Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 30s and 40s.
From this side,this was a view of the stadium.
Our guide briefly talked to us about the Olympic in Montreal and the opening and closing ceremony. It was really basic stuff but,hey what are you expecting for 5 bucks!
We then entered where the seats are situated. I immediatly noticed something quite interesting; you still can see were the home plate and the bases were located in the field,even after almost 10 years since the last ball game!
These are the luxuous seats located just behind home plate,a little bit like Anaheim and Cleveland nowadays.
In the time that we were in(about 10 minutes) I took about 50 pictures. Here’s the roof that was changed since the Expos left(It’s now blue,not yellow).
A panorama of the entire stadium(and believe me it’s GIGANTIC)
Some pictures of the seats(more than 56,000 in the big O,witch is more than Dodger Stadium).
A great section just behind homeplate to catch foul balls(If ever the Blue Jays decide to play an exhibition game at Montreal…)
And finaly a picture just behind the former home plate. I was thinking about all the great players that stood there over the years(Carter,Rose,Dawson,Raines,…) and I felt great vibe in this place…
And just before exiting, i took an image of the main entrance:
I know what you think ”This place sucks big time!”. But,you know, I think it wasn’t THAT bad. I mean, maybe it’s because it was in my own town,but I really felt that a part of my city’s history was there.
After that, I headed to the Montreal’s Tower wich is the 175 meters tower tha is supporting the stadium’s roof.
It’s actually the tallest inclined tower in the world. It have a 45 degrees angle wich in enormous.You can see one of the incline in the next picture:
You can get up there for about 10 bucks. I believe it’s the only observation deck in Montreal. Downtown is about 2 miles away.
Here’s the Saputo stadium,home of the Montreal’s Impact,the soccer club actually playing in the MLS. Behind the stadium,you can see ”Les Habitations Olympiques”,the place where the athletes were staying during the 76′ games.
You also have a great view of the roof from up there!
If you ever get the chance to come to Montreal, you absolutely have to make a stop at this place. It’s a part of Montreal’s history and one of the most special bulding in the world. That’s where so many Grey Cups were held in the past years,and were great bands like Pink Floyd performed. Also if you know, even just a little bit about baseball,this place will remind you the great players that once called this place ”Home”.
Here’s agreat song about the Montreal Expos that summarize really well their great history,from 1969 to 2004. Hope That you’ll like it!
Yesterday,one of the candidate to the job of the Montreal’s Mayor,Richard Bergeron declared that a stadium could be built in downtown Montreal by 2020. Really? Well it really could be an option for the MLB. In fact with all the struggle that the Tampa Bay Rays,Miami Marlins and Oakland A’s are living,Montreal could be a great place to relocate these teams. Since December 2012,a group named Projet Baseball Montréal (Montreal Baseball Project) are trying to convince the business community to invest for a new stadium,and eventually a ball club. The new Stadium would be situated downtown Montreal (Picture).
It would be part of a new neighborhood,along with between 5000 and 8000 new homes.
With the few images that i’ve seen,i think the stadium would look a lot like the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
So what do you think about that? Is it a great idea?
Let’s just hope(at least for the people of Montreal) that it could be the beginning of a new dream,a major one.
Afetr two exhibition game at Cititzens Bank park in Philadelphia,it was a great pleasure to visit Cleveland. I’ve been looking forward this game and i so happy when i saw this sign:
After buying two bleachers tickets for the game(It was against the Minnesota Twins),my father and I looked by this gate at the beggining of the BP in hope of a ball that never came.
We entered the stadium 15 minutes latter and I suceed catching a ball that was hit by an unknown player.
An there’s the baseball’s back:
But for the rest of the BP,nothing came close and I didn’t suceed catch any balls at all. We went to our bleachers seat and watches the beginning of the game. It was really great to see a game at Cleveland. In fact,it’s great to see profesionnal baseball anywhere since there’s no team around 500km from my home(I live in Montreal)!
And the view from my seat:
At the end of the game,I decided to go behind the home plate,and i got this incredible view of the field:
I was in the 10th row! I was incredible because of the fact that my father and I bought the cheapest tickets in the stadium (10 bucks). Just magic moments at Cleveland! The Indians won in overtime and just before,i took this picture of the Progressive Field:
And it was the end of the game!
But,that wasn’t all! The day after,we went to the Terminal Tower’s observation deck and guess what?
Yup! Baseball again!
*3rd consecutive game with at least 1 ball.
*3rd ball of the season.
*3 ball in 3 games this season = 1 average ball per game.
*6th total ball.
*10th Stadium in my life.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park and Progressive Field)
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