First of all, congratulations to our IronPigs organization on winning the 2012 Triple-A Freitas Award for sustained excellence. This was the first year of eligibility for the ‘Pigs as a team needs to be in operation for at least five years. Here’s more from BaseballAmerica:
“The Freitas Awards, named after longtime minor league baseball ambassador Bob Freitas, are awarded to honor minor league baseball clubs that show sustained excellence in the business of minor league baseball. Franchises must have been in operation for five seasons before they’re eligible to win.”
Yes, it’s a business award–not a baseball award. But it’s nice recognition for the effort that the local organization puts in. And, it should serve as a reminder that we may see other minor league teams emulating some of the things that have been done here in the Lehigh Valley.
Deeper in the article, though, I noted the following passage:
“The group-seating areas are certainly the hottest tickets in town. Landes said the team sold out all of its suites and group-seating options before the start of the 2012 season and has already sold about 75 percent of those seats for 2013. In fact, the ballpark has been such a hit that the team is increasing its capacity with an additional 1,000 fixed seats, bringing the total to 9,200. Some of these will be in a new tabletop area called the Bacon Strip overlooking the bullpen—which in Lehigh Valley, of course, is called the Pig Pen.
“We try to take every available spot in the ballpark and be creative with it,” Landes said.”
Now, that sounds suspiciously like the Red Robin Tiki Terrace. But, I don’t remember it called the Bacon Strip at all. Could there be more seats in 2013? Will we start to see construction at Coca Cola Park once again soon?
I’m not sure, but in 2012, it’s not about being right, it’s about being first. So there you have it. There might be more seats in 2013. I offer the following suggestions:
1. To the IronPigs: Build more
parking Porking Spaces. Seriously. It got a little tight at times last year.
2. To the fans (NoiseNation): Don’t be cavalier about arriving at the park. I’m guilty here, as I was often “fashionably” late last year. That’s when the parking’s the toughest. Get there a little early if need be.
More on parking strategies later if it turns out this news item is correct.