Monday, June 15, 2009

Mik’s Mini Bat Collection: Kauffman Stadium

Mik found a really cool mini bat of Kauffman Stadium. The mini bat is natural, but the end area has a blue background. On the blue there is a KC Royals logo on the left side. In the middle is an image of Kauffman Stadium. On the right side of the stadium is the Kansas City Royals 40th Anniversary logo. Above the stadium image it says Kauffman and below is says Stadium. Mik was concerned about it costing more than the other mini bats, but it is way cooler looking and very unique to this season.

Mik’s Food Scrapbook: Kauffman Stadium

Mik was not very hungry when we got to Kauffman Stadium for the afternoon game since he had just had breakfast at Panera Bread. He did spot the Lil Orbits mini doughnuts like the good ones he had outside the Metrodome and he had to get those. They were just as good, too.

Accessibility Review: Kauffman Stadium

Parking at Kauffman Stadium was pretty easy and there seemed to be a decent amount of handicap spots in the front row of each parking lot. From there to the stadium is not very well planned, though. About every other van accessible spot has a path leading to the street that goes in front of the stadium. There is no cut out up to this path and then none when you get to the street. Then when you get across the street there also is not a cut out, but it is a rounded curb. There is a cutout way at the corner of the parking lot, but it is literally at the corner and not at the side of the corner where the crosswalk is even located. It is not that big of an inconvenience for Dad pushing Mik, as he can do the curbs, but it is kind of annoying that they seem to have paths right by almost every handicap spot, however, the paths are truly only built for those not in wheelchairs or walkers.

Getting into the park was pretty easy. The security person looked through our bag and then led us to the gate on the side of the turnstiles. We then went to the inside side of the turnstiles to have our tickets scanned. We were early and they only had one person scanning tickets, but I imagine closer to game time they have someone actually at the gate scanning tickets instead of having you back track to get them scanned, as that would be annoying with crowds coming in.

Getting to our seats was not too hard, but finding the elevator kind of was. The guy at the escalator just said there were next to each spiral ramp and we got there and it did not seem to be there. Problem was that it was on the far side of the spiral ramp from where we were and it is sort of hidden at least on the concourse level. It seems obvious when you are on the upper level and if you go straight to it from the gate entrance, but from the main concourse it is not quite so obvious. The elevator is rather small and getting more than one wheelchair group at a time was pretty much impossible, but at least they did not have fans that did not need it trying to get on.

Our seats were in section 411. They were on the third base side and in the upper deck above the visitor’s dugout. The view was great. We could see the whole field for the most part. Dad said nothing blocked his view and Mik had no trouble either because he could roll right up to the bar. Unless I leaned forward the bar blocked the third base line for me, but that is not too much of an inconvenience and at least the wheelchair seats worked for Mik, who actually watched a good part of the game since it was too sunny to play his PSP. There were no cup holders, but this is an older park and no one had cup holders, so Mik did not feel cheated. However, it is kind of sad they are just about to finish their remodel by reopening their Hall of Fame on the left field concourse in July 2009 and their remodel did not include adding cup holders.

Overall Kauffman rates as one of the more accessibly enjoyable parks, especially since the staff was helpful besides the sort of clueless escalator guy. The getting from the parking lot to the stadium is annoying, but at least almost everything else is well done. The only other thing we found not the best was the MLB 2K9 area, which had the computer screens at bar stool height tables and the only ones at easy wheelchair height were at the big screen that was hogged by another kid and probably usually is hogged because it has really comfy lazy boys to sit in while playing. The controllers from the computer screens did reach down for Mik to play, but it is not the best angle to look at the screen to play.

Car Sticker Update: Colorado Rockies

We had a little trouble finding a sticker at the Rockies, but we did end up with a bumper sticker style one. We have mostly tried not to go with this style, but at least this one is a good looking one with three different styles of Rockies logos. This sticker put the National League side of the car ahead 7 to 4. Yeah, that does not add up right to the number we should have after the Rockies being Game 12, but I will explain with the next photo of the American League side in the Royals Car Sticker Update later.

Kj’s Baseball Collection: Silver and Purple Rockies

None of the balls in the selection for the Rockies was as purple as I would have liked. Nor did they have any with Coors Field, which was really odd when they had a whole lot of Coors Field merchandise including car stickers, pins, mouse pads, t-shirts, playing cards, etc. I ended up getting the baseball that is purple on one strip and silver on the other strip. It has the Rockies mountain logo on both strips.

Mik’s Mini Bat Collection: Purple Rockies

At the Rockies Mik choose the Purple colored mini bat with the Colorado Rockies Mountain logo. There was another cool one that had the logo and said Baseball with Altitude, but it was not purple and since the Dbacks are no longer purple this was the only chance for him to get a purple mini bat to make his collection as colorful as possible, so he went with the purple one.

Smashed Pennies: Coors Field

Coors Field has a penny machine right outside their Team Shop. Mik choose the one with a dinosaur and the Rocky Mountains and says Colorado Rockies underneath. I choose the one with a baseball that has the CR logo and says Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.