18 Jun IdealSeatChallenge (Part 1): Seattle to Phoenix
Our team left Seattle on March 22 for the #IdealSeatChallenge, with goals of collecting even more data, meeting local fans, and understanding what makes each MLB ballpark unique and amazing.
Testing Our Data
The pace has been non-stop since hitting the road. Over the past three weeks, we’ve covered 6 states, 7 ballparks, & over 3,000 miles.
Reception from the fans has been tremendous, support from our family and friends unbelievable, and we’ve been very fortunate to receive great treatment by the teams and their staff.
In addition, our fan experience data has been spot on, and we are 7-for-7 on foul balls landing in our section during the game. Follow us on Instagram feed for pictures of lucky fans catching a ball in our recommended sections. And if you’re skilled enough to catch a foul ball at any of the games we’ll be at for the rest of the trip, you could win season tickets for the 2016 season.
Here are the highlights from each ballpark:
Game 1: May 17, Red Sox at Mariners
Safeco Field is our home stadium, so admittedly we’re a little biased. For this day game we sat in our recommended foul ball section–Sections 142. Three balls in total landed in our section during that game.
Safeco Field Highlights:
- View of the field from entire main concourse
- The “Pen” food and beverage area
- Lookout Landing
Game 2: May 25, Tigers at Athletics
It’s always great to see the Athletics play as we get to see IdealSeat advisor Sam Fuld in action. For this Memorial Day game, he started in left field near our seats in Section 128. We only had one foul in our section, but it landed just a few rows back.
Oakland Coliseum Highlights:
- The fans in right field
Game 3: May 28, Braves at Giants
It was a very cool and foggy evening at AT&T Park, which was a big surprise, since we came up from Palo Alto where it was 80 degrees. But the game and the stadium were both excellent. We sat in Section 127 and two foul balls came into our section, and several others flew into the adjacent sections.
AT&T Park Highlights:
- McCovey Cove
- Pepsi Slide
Game 4: May 30, Tigers at Angels
As we headed to Southern California, we made our first stop at Angels Stadium on a beautiful night. The action heated up quickly as we saw seven home runs in the first two innings, with several lucky fans making a play. Down the right field line in Section 131, we were a bit away from the action, but the stats told the story. We ended up with three balls in our section, a marriage proposal one section over (and we never did found out if she said “yes”), and a game-ending play right in front of us as Kole Calhoun leaped into our section for the final out.
Angel Stadium Highlights:
- Waterfall in center field
- Budweiser Party Deck in right field
- The Big “A”
Game 5: June 1, Mets at Padres
San Diego is a great town with a very nice ballpark. We arrived at Petco Park early for a little BP, and were rewarded with two home run balls to start the day at this really outstanding stadium. We sat in Section 115, and had several foul balls in our section. We’d rank Petco as one of the top three parks in baseball, as it is a great place all around.
Petck Park Highlights:
- Park at the Park (with Wiffle Ball field)
- “The Beach” in center field
- Western Metal Supply Co. Building in left field
Game 6: June 4, Cardinals at Dodgers
The Dodgers have a great location in Chavez Ravine–just outside downtown–and we had a great night at the park. Sitting in Field Section 8, we were right behind home plate in our top recommended section. Most of the foul ball action was down the third base side, but in the 8th inning, we had our best chance of the season (so far) to take home a foul ball for ourselves. The ball came screaming back at us, right at our seats. Unfortunately, it sank quickly and hit the concrete, bouncing to the concourse–but our data was right on.
Dodger Stadium Highlights:
- Food and beverages zone in left field
- Playgrounds on reserve level
Game 7: June 6, Mets at Diamondbacks
We headed to the desert for Game 7 of the #IdealSeatChallenge, and we were greeting by a beautiful night. So much so, that the roof at Chase Field was open, which, according to local fans, occurs less than 25% of the time. We sat in Section 130, and in the 7th inning, on a great rebound off the upper level, a lucky fan from San Diego celebrating his father 80th birthday by catching a foul ball.
Chase Field Highlights:
- Restaurants in left field
- Upper level play area in left field’s upper deck
As we continue the #IdealSeat Challenge ballpark road trip, we’re looking forward to meeting you at your home stadium! Check back soon as we’ll continue our coverage as we visit Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, Tropicana Field, Marlins Park, Turner Field, Great American Ball Park, and PNC Park.
See our complete schedule, and let us know on Twitter using #IdealSeatChallenge what is a “must-see” at your favorite ballparks.