Okay - this isn't very timely at all given that Big League Weekend was last weekend. But, we make time where we can.
So you may recall that last year, San Antonio hosted a Major League Baseball game in the Alamodome - I wrote about it here. My big complaint wasn't the short field or the lack of actual MLB players in the game, it was really the lack of an atmosphere. We've been to the local San Antonio Missions farm league games (years ago) and they do it all up with music and little side attractions. You'd think that they would just transfer all that stuff into the Alamodome and recreate that enjoyable atmosphere. Nope. Didn't last year and didn't do it again this time around.
The frustrating thing is, the UTSA football games at the Alamodome are so well done. Even if the game is slow or our team is losing, the atmosphere created by all the music, the announcing and the little extras really keeps things moving. At the most recent game, we found more entertainment in the conversations going on around us in the stands than we did in what was going on the field.
It was frustrating to say the least, but we didn't get nearly as upset as this one guy who was really, really mad. I jokingly said, Welcome to the Chug Zone and that just set him off on a torrent of expletives (between sips of beer, of course) about how stupid Texas is. Are you kidding me? They enforce bringing beer I purchased at this place into the next level? This is Texas, it is illegal for people to (I'll leave this to your imagination) but they don't enforce that! My son and I just looked at each other and busted out laughing. The poor guy was beside himself and his wife just kept trying to calm him down (between sips of beer, of course).