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Published April 2, 1998
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: Devil Rays officials are studying feedback from fans after Tuesday's opener at Tropicana Field. A number of fans sitting in the far left and right corners of the field "said they could not see the action." Their complaint was that the seats were "too low" and that a protective net, put there to "protect the fans," blocked their view (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/2)....Bank One Ballpark has 58 ad signs inside the stadium, and there's "at least one more to come," as Bank One doesn't have its own sign yet (Ringolsby & Etkin, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/2). ...D'Backs Manager Buck Showalter received numerous phone calls in the dugout from fans during the franchise opener on Tuesday. Showalter: "Someone in one of the suites must have got hold of the number" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/2). NOTES: The MD Stadium Authority is profiled by Stephen Fehr in the WASHINGTON POST. Fehr: "[T]he agency has become Maryland's master builder, going beyond sports facilities to convention centers, museums, office buildings and perhaps even a theater in Baltimore" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/2)....In Seattle, fans will get the opportunity to pay around $99 to put their name on a tile in a main concourse near the outfield seats of the Mariners new ballpark. The Public Facilities District estimates that sales of 10,000 to 15,000 tiles "would generate more than" $1M. What the money is used for "remains to be decided" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/1).