BASEBALL: Online at Mark Light Stadium

We’re online at the moment, and I’m going to give the blog thing a try. I have determined that the “Light” in Mark Light could also be interpreted as “Facility Lite.”

I try not to complain for the sake of complaining, and I want to paint an accurate picture here. The stadium is adequate, I think, from a fan perspective. It has a concrete grandstand, about a third of which is chairback seating. The rest is just concrete, and you better bring your stadium chair. There is no cover so no shade for fans at any point.

They have put a few tent shelters up at the top of the stadium for what has become auxiliary media seating. I have moved out here, because the view far better than in primary media seating, and so, too, is the wireless signal.

If the signal holds I’ll have an in-game blog.

The problem you find when you travel for college baseball is that many of the traditional powers have not upgraded facilities as the game has grown. Arizona State and Cal-State Fullerton are also examples of this. The other problem, perhaps, the bigger problem is the traditional college baseball power that lives in a pro sports market, as all three of these do.

Their stadiums are suited to the small crowds that follow them. They are not suited to any sizeable media contingent. Throw a television crew into the mix, as you do with anything NCAA, and you have problems.

The schools that reside in “college markets” like most in the SEC have the better support and, far and away, the better facilities.

— PA


2 Responses to “BASEBALL: Online at Mark Light Stadium”

  1. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    PA, have a good day down there. You are doing a great job.

    Now, that University is private owned, Its President is Donna Shala, one of Clintons cabinet menbers and aide; from here I will not be caustic in any way or form since I am a conservative Republican from NW Florida. tata for now! JB

  2. djrebel Says:

    JB, I thought Miami was the conservative part of Florida. Just kidding.

    — PA

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