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Ballpark Experience at G-Rate Field so far in 2021

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I hate and will forever hate calling it Guaranteed Rate Field lol.

For those who have gone to games, what has your ballpark experience been like so far? How is it different compared to the normal years?

I've heard rumors of people being forced into the upper deck when they paid for lower deck seats, has that been happening?

How has the parking been? The social distancing and mask wearing? The enforcement of social distancing and mask wearing? The concessions and bathrooms? Something about new strobe lights and no fireworks I've heard? No promotions?

Anything else worth noting?

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Not very different. They try to keep you contained to certain sections. Concessions same. Parking same. Bathroom same. They dont bust your balls about the mask.

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I just have no desire to go yet which is unfortunate since I haven't been to a game since end of 2019. Might be 2022.

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14 minutes ago, Pal said:

Not very different. They try to keep you contained to certain sections. Concessions same. Parking same. Bathroom same. They dont bust your balls about the mask.

You can stay safe by wearing depends and avoid the powder room crowd. 

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I haven't gone yet this year but I highly recommend sitting in the 300 level if you haven't before. Much lower foot traffic, smaller sections, and you can go inside for a bit to warm up while it's still cold. 

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22 minutes ago, DoUEvenShift said:

I haven't gone yet this year but I highly recommend sitting in the 300 level if you haven't before. Much lower foot traffic, smaller sections, and you can go inside for a bit to warm up while it's still cold. 

Good to know!

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It’s actually nice to be on a little island with your own group in the seats and not tripping over other people.  Feels pretty normal once you settle in. Surprised at how loud the limited capacity crowd gets.  Kind of love it, really.

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2 hours ago, 35thstreetswarm said:

It’s actually nice to be on a little island with your own group in the seats and not tripping over other people.  Feels pretty normal once you settle in. Surprised at how loud the limited capacity crowd gets.  Kind of love it, really.

Agreed. And while I was disappointed by the lack of mask enforcement during the KC series, it was much better tonight. I've never been within 6 feet of someone for more than ~30 seconds, and even then we were masked and (obviously) outdoors. Overall I'd say it's pretty nice and definitely worth it if you're on the fence

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Been to 3 games.  It's live baseball, there is zero to complain about at this point for me. 

 

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41 minutes ago, HOFHurt35 said:

Been to 3 games.  It's live baseball, there is zero to complain about at this point for me. 

 

I guess the one thing that I have heard that I don't really care for is the moving of fans from the lower deck to upper deck. I purchased lower deck seats on Seat Geek, some really good seats, and I don't want to be pushed to the upper deck. And I guess I understand why they might have to do that, but still. Everything else I'm fine with. 

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I went opening day.

Lines were easily avoidable...there were none in the bathroom.

Some for food and beverage but I never felt overwhelmed. 

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23 minutes ago, ScooterMcGee said:

I guess the one thing that I have heard that I don't really care for is the moving of fans from the lower deck to upper deck. I purchased lower deck seats on Seat Geek, some really good seats, and I don't want to be pushed to the upper deck. And I guess I understand why they might have to do that, but still. Everything else I'm fine with. 

I don't think you will get moved if you purchase a ticket. I believe once they approved 20%  some people with 100 level season tickets/ticket packages were asked to move to different locations (including 500 level) to accommodate the limited capacity. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong. 

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I thought it was mostly fine. Don't like being confined to one area of the park but not a big deal. They were still doing piped in crowd noise opening day which was obnoxious and unnecessary. Did they still do that for the Cleveland series? Would like to see them add capacity soon.

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On 4/14/2021 at 6:38 PM, Pal said:

Not very different. They try to keep you contained to certain sections. Concessions same. Parking same. Bathroom same. They dont bust your balls about the mask.

They should bust balls about the mask.

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Question that is somewhat related:

 

Do you have to be 21 to sit in the Goose Island?

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9 minutes ago, KrankinSox said:

Question that is somewhat related:

 

Do you have to be 21 to sit in the Goose Island?

No

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Having the entire row to yourself and never having to walk past someone to get in and out of your seats is amazing.

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How strictly are they enforcing the no tailgating rule? Can I at least sit in my car and have a drink and a sandwich?

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1 minute ago, South Sider said:

How strictly are they enforcing the no tailgating rule? Can I at least sit in my car and have a drink and a sandwich?

On opening day I saw plenty of people sitting in their cars.  Nobody seemed to be bothering them.

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Just now, 35thstreetswarm said:

On opening day I saw plenty of people sitting in their cars.  Nobody seemed to be bothering them.

But nobody outside grilling and playing games, I assume. 

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