Time to switch things up a bit. Mr. and Mrs. Lager are going to an Okotoks Dawgs game at Seaman Stadium. It’s the home opener for the Dawgs. These are our observations:
Seaman Stadium, in the words of Mrs. Lager, is “very nice.” It truly is a first class facility. It has a real classic feel to it. Of note, all the seats are assigned ($10 for adults) and have backs. There’s a berm on the left field side that has a healthy slope and a lot of room.
I was surprised by the quality of the merchandise for sale. Most of the apparel was either Rawlings or Majestic. It was tempting to buy a jersey or hoodie.
Beer (Molson/Coors) was $4.50 a can, a spicy sausage was $4.25, and the concessions booths also sold Longview Beef Jerkey. Mmmmmmm. There was also a beer guy serving the seats. I’ve seen him as part of THWBCIC at Vipers games.
They handed out thundersticks before the game, but they weren’t necessay. A Dawgs crowd is loud, positive, and knows baseball.
Hours before the game, Dawgs mascot Diggity Dawg was on Northridge Drive and Elizabeth Street with a sign advertising tonight’s game. Smart!
The $2 program was very professional-looking and informative. It’s a keeper.
The quality of ball was really good. Some of the players looked a little rusty, but some slick double plays were turned, and the Dawgs were really hitting the ball well. I was worried they’d be using aluminum bats (“crack” > “ping”), but they sport the lumber.
There’s a real community spirit that you can feel at the ballpark. Okotoks has really embraced this team and vice versa.
The Lager family will definitely be back in Okotoks for more Dawgs games this summer. It’s a bit of a drive for us, but worth it.