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Old 01-25-2014, 01:03 AM   #1
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I drove by the stadium today and saw the playground we've built behind the Bi-Lo Berm.

I hate to sound like a jerk, but the thing is hideous. It's built on the grass mound, which elevates it above everything else in the stadium. After the University put so much thought and money into making this an aesthetically pleasing stadium, this metal and plastic monstrosity really makes that part of the stadium look pretty tacky.
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I drove by the stadium today and saw the playground we've built behind the Bi-Lo Berm.

I hate to sound like a jerk, but the thing is hideous. It's built on the grass mound, which elevates it above everything else in the stadium. After the University put so much thought and money into making this an aesthetically pleasing stadium, this metal and plastic monstrosity really makes that part of the stadium look pretty tacky.
What should they have made it out of? The stadium is made out of metal, plastic, and concrete. That is really the only place they could fit a play area and still have it in the ball park. I haven't seen it, but it sounds like a good idea to me, hard for kids to sit for a few hours and watch a ball game the whole time.
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What should they have made it out of? The stadium is made out of metal, plastic, and concrete. That is really the only place they could fit a play area and still have it in the ball park. I haven't seen it, but it sounds like a good idea to me, hard for kids to sit for a few hours and watch a ball game the whole time.
We already had one of those inflatable bounce castles for the kids in the back. It was garnet & black, matched the surroundings and didn't become the focal point of the stadium.

Also, kids used the perfectly nice looking elevated area to throw balls and run around. They were plenty entertained without a ridiculously imposing structure.

I mean, if Carolina baseball games already weren't entertaining enough for children then perhaps those kids would better be taken elsewhere.
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We already had one of those inflatable bounce castles for the kids in the back. It was garnet & black, matched the surroundings and didn't become the focal point of the stadium.

Also, kids used the perfectly nice looking elevated area to throw balls and run around. They were plenty entertained without a ridiculously imposing structure.

I mean, if Carolina baseball games already weren't entertaining enough for children then perhaps those kids would better be taken elsewhere.

I think people are taking this way to seriously. It's a playground for kids. Most of whom aren't entertained by games at any level simply for not understanding the emphasis on every atbat, hit, error, etc.

Does it stick out from the road? Sure. But once you're in the stadium your focus is on the game not the playset. The only fans that will even truly notice it are fans down the third base line and fans in the bleachers.


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Default Re: New Playground at Carolina Stadium

Meh. It's not like the area was used for much else. Outside of major games, the hill and the area behind it is mostly kids running around anyhow. Does it look tacky? I don't know if I'd go that far, but it does stick out.
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Call me old school, but when I went to the game as a wee kid, It was to watch baseball...not play on a playground.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:43 PM   #8
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Call me old school, but when I went to the game as a wee kid, It was to watch baseball...not play on a playground.
Old School. Stadium's are adapting to more and more bored fans of all ages (i.e. playground and wifi).
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Old School. Stadium's are adapting to more and more bored fans of all ages (i.e. playground and wifi).
It's actually almost a little sad
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It's actually almost a little sad
Completely agree, but it's where the money is now. Everyone is trying to add entertainment because somewhere along the way people stopped being interested in the sport itself.
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Call me old school, but when I went to the game as a wee kid, It was to watch baseball...not play on a playground.
I have very fond memories of sliding down the hill at The Sarge (where the Roost is now) on cardboard, and running around outside the outfield and peaking through the fence to watch games :).

The difference is that was 30 years ago. Today you can't let your kids out of your sight for fear someone will kidnap or worse. Like it or not, the playground is there. There is nothing you can do about it.

I guess I'm lucky...Little Man went to his first game at The Sarge (Clemson 2008) about 6 weeks before his 3rd birthday. Sat on Poppi's lap the entire time, watching the game. He was completely enthralled with the happenings on the field. Of course, I had already planned that if he got antsy I would leave and we'd PLT it for the game. He has sat through too many games to count since then.

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Old 01-25-2014, 03:09 PM   #12
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smh, our stadium is not an amusement park and it's certainly not a daycare.
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I never thought I would write this kind of post.

Question for everyone criticizing the playground: Do you even have kids, bro?

I've been going to USC Baseball games since it was at the Sarge. Since then, I've gotten married, and now I have a 2 year old son. He's not able to sit still for a whole baseball game, but I took him to a few games last year.

This playground area is going to be great for him. We can watch the game a little, go play some, come back to our seats and watch the game some more.

USC is adding a playground to make the place more family-friendly. If you don't have a family, fine. You should actually be happy that the little kids will be elsewhere, rather than crying and whining in the seats behind you.

For all of you who were saying "I used to watch the games when I was little", you probably didn't watch the games when you were 2-4 years old. Heaven forbid we put something in the stadium that makes it more family friendly, though, right?
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Do I have kids, no. I want any and I don't like them. Especially at games. I wish people would just leave them home. They are annoying.
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Do I have kids, no. I want any and I don't like them. Especially at games. I wish people would just leave them home. They are annoying.
I hope there are 20 kids around you, every time you go to a game.
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Holy mother of god...some of my best memories are from going to USC sporting events as a child. Here I thought athletics were another form of entertainment..I forgot they were places for grumpy ass men to gather, complain, and talk about why they are a better fan than the next man...carry on
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I hope there are 20 kids around you, every time you go to a game.
Seems like it. Seems like I walked into Chuckie Cheese now a days. Some people think we should cater to kids, but they don't like the drinking and drunk people. If I had a choice between drunk college chicks all dolled up and rugrats, I am definitely all-in for team "drunk college chicks."
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Seems like it. Seems like I walked into Chuckie Cheese now a days. Some people think we should cater to kids, but they don't like the drinking and drunk people. If I had a choice between drunk college chicks all dolled up and rugrats, I am definitely all-in for team "drunk college chicks."
Have you ever actually been to Carolina Stadium? I'm not sure you have.

Because if you had ever attended a game at our fine ballpark, you would be aware of the fact that they don't serve alcohol there, so there is no "drinking" at our baseball games.* The NCAA is kind of particular about that.

* Yes, I am aware that alcohol is served on the second level in the boxes. I've actually been up there a few times and had some. It's quite wonderful.
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Do I have kids, no. I want any and I don't like them. Especially at games. I wish people would just leave them home. They are annoying.
Tell you what...next time you sit at home, in your own little world that you control instead of fussing about how someone else chooses to enjoy their free/family time.
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Do I have kids, no. I want any and I don't like them. Especially at games. I wish people would just leave them home. They are annoying.
It ain't the damn kids who are annoying it's the f'ing adolescent girls and boys who talk to each other about the party they went to, and the newest music group for 7 or 8 innings non-stop. Damn, this is a f'ing baseball game, not a social party. Maybe, they'll like the new playground and get away from me.
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