There are many great things about going to the College Softball World Series to experience the atmosphere and competition. The added seats will increase all of those things that are positive. Over twelve thousand fans converging to watch college softball this June will be a first time experience that is rare.
The venue tries to do the fans right by providing free parking and shuttles from the parking area to the venue. They are plentiful and well maintained. Almost every aspect of the experience is about as good as it can be.
On the down side is:
- Lack of concessions for the crowd at the previous attendance levels. The added seats has to come with increased concessions for the seats in the 'horseshoe area' around home plate. If the concessions are not doubled, the lines will be very long. I saw the people working in the concessions working efficiently and fast and the lines were still "half a game' long.
- The bathroom situation was not too sufficient prior to the expansion, but with the additional seating the 'horseshoe area' needs to have an upgrade provided for the extra capacity.
- LASTLY, the Oklahoma sun! Prior to expansion, when there was as many as 10,000 people sitting in the hot sun until 7 PM each day, the heat rises from the cement/ground upwards. You simply can't escape the heat. In the outfield the aluminum seats are hot to touch, let alone sit on. You have to have a cushion or towel. A good wide-brimmed hat helps, a cool towel helps, but it is a constant issue to try and stay cooler. You have to have lots of water (concessions) and shade which there is very little.
The newly added upper deck seats (2,500 seats ??) will be closer to that sun. Maybe the summer wind will help due to the height of the seats but it will still be very hot.
While you are in the stadium, It is always very uncomfortable. It is always 'sticky'. It is worse the second day, the third day, etc.
But when your team scores a run, you will stand and yell and clap and smile. For 10 seconds. When your team wins, you will feel the excitement for a few minutes. Then you will return to battling the heat.
If you are college softball fan, you have to go at least once. But you have to be well prepared even if you have good health. But if your health status is not good, it is a challenge you should think about before going.
I hope the Sooners make it to the World Series for the 5th straight year in 2020 and the 9th time in the last 11 years.
Looking at the picture of the stadium, it looks like sitting in the shaded portion of the lower deck right behind home plate would be the ideal seats. Probably also the hardest to score seats there, too, right?