Saturday, June 30, 2007

Reason #98 - Championships

It's been 1964 since Cleveland has won a major league team championship (minor league hockey and indoor soccer don't count - but at least they play under a roof).

Friday, June 29, 2007

Reason #97 - Take Cover

My Indians season ticket group has seats in section 144, in a row just under the overhang from the club seats - which means I stay dry even when the sleet or rain comes down (unless it's also windy, of course). Such overhangs cover a few thousand people at Jacobs Field. The rest have no cover. With a roof, they, too, could take cover.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Reason #96 - Families

The Browns are talking about creating a more family-friendly atmosphere at the Stadium this year. All I care about is having a competitive team and a roof over our heads - what could be more family- and fan-friendly than that?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Reason #95 - Hazy, Hot and Humid

Last night's Indians game started with temperatures in the lower 90s and very humid. At 11 p.m., after the walk-off home run home plate celebration, it was still 88 degrees and very, very humid. Is it any wonder that the announced attendance for this first place team was only 18,000? And fewer than that actually showed up.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Reason #94 - Online Poll

Seventy-one percent of people who answered an online poll at support the idea of adding a retractable dome to Cleveland Browns Stadium. That's 894 people for the idea and only 357 against it; and I voted only one time. The people have spoken.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Reason #93 - Variety

Did you know there are different types of retractable roofs? In Milwaukee, Miller Park's roof is shaped like a fan. The roof on the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will have a tent style. And Toyota Stadium in Japan has an accordion-like roof. Cleveland? No roof, no luck.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Reason #92 - Interleague Play

Please don't tell me that you don't want a roof or dome on Jacobs Field because you're concerned about the integrity of the game of baseball. We're just finishing interleague play, the full story of steroids is just beginning to be told, and there are so many gimmicky giveaways and special events that you might think this is the minor leagues.