Came down to see yesterdays game at Empire field. Now having been to McMahon, Commonwealth and Taylor Field, I can only use those other fields for comparison.
If you are in front of the posts holding up the roof, you get excellent sightlines, very compareable to McMahon & Taylor Field. You are right on top of the action. On The BC Lion side of the field (Which we were not) you are even closer, almost reaching out to touch the Home Team if you are in the first few rows.
Temporary TV board was actually pretty good for it's smaller size. Not as big as the one at BC Place, but it does the trick.
Better sound system...Yahoo, I can actually hear what the announcers are saying.
Seats on the side line were good, low back, but better than the end zone seats which were aluminium benches. Walked around at half time to try out and view the field from various locations.
Beer delivered to your seats.....If you like paying outrageous prices (I don't buy them) beer vendors do walk around, saving you concession line up.
Pop, popcorn, candy, ice cream vendors were a regular visit to our sections, so we never had to get in line.
Turf looked great!
Washrooms were better than I expected, (Although I kinda timed things to avoid the "rushes"...LOL) there were porta potties to handle the half time rushes, but I got their early and the trailers with washrooms in them were okay.
Got early enough that we got a parking space close to the gates.
Lots of places to buy food before the game as there were many choices around the out.
Welcome back to the PNE! Thirty Dollars for parking...not a misprint...Thirty dollars for parking. Talk about ripping the public off. No Sky train (Which we normally take to BC Place), only fifty year old trolley busses for transit. Felt sorry for the people going to Hasting Park (Horse Racing) or Play land, they got stuck paying $30.00, instead of the $8.50 they normally pay.
Welcome back to the PNE part 2. No tailgating. If you can go to Global BC, check out the late news. People were pretty miffed about that. It wasn't just the beer they were not allowing, but they were shutting down people Bar-B-Quing.....are you ready for the reason....Propane is a dangerous substance. So, the No fun police shut down the tailgate parties because of booze and Bar-B-Ques, yet 5 miles down the road in the Vancouver East side, Junkies are openly shooting up in alleys, and the No Fun Police turn a blind eye. Calgary people....how would you feel if they shut down your great tail gate parties you guys are famous for?
So, thats it, oh, by the way, even though we lost, pretty entertaining game for a pre-season game.