I’m sitting in a room on the 21st floor of the Omni in San Diego, looking down into PetCo Park, where the Padres are playing the Giants. I can tell every time Bonds makes an appearance — the boos rock the ballpark and practically vibrate the foundation of the hotel (which has a four-floor skywalk into the park).
Why am I not at the game? Three tickets, four people (late entry to our party), so I opted to stay “home” and get some work done. (The Omni has to be one of the most efficient business hotel chains around, totally dedicated to helping you get everything you want done, from hooking to fast, flawlessw WiFi in every room to getting your 14-year-old niece some tourist options to get her out of your hair for a while. Oh, and great handmade chips!)
Sounds like the seventh-inning stretch down there now …
The downtown comes alive when the Padres play at home. The bars, the restaurants, sidewalk vendors … lots of excitement in the air. I saw this in Denver, too, when I watched the Diamondbacks play the Rockies in Coors Field, another great downtown success of a park.
But sitting here many stories above the park, listing to the crowd, I wonder if the magic is because of the open-air nature of a baseball park. Would an arena be just another closed building, especially on a cold and foggy winter night?