Think the players were excited?
Really hard to sleep with the thought of @Dbacks and @MLB #OpeningDay tomorrow! Gonna be one heck of a day! Let's start it off right! #1-0— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) April 6, 2015
Playing baseball today! #thiscounts #openingday couldn't sleep last night #butterflies— Evan Marshall (@emarsh31) April 6, 2015
Pumped for my first healthy #OpeningDay in a couple of years. Hope to see everyone out at #ChaseField tonight!— Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) April 6, 2015
Putting the finishing touches on the field. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/JWOyGWsXh2— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 6, 2015
Will call my 18th @Dbacks opener tonight at 710p vs #Giants. 10th season with partner @tec49. Hope you'll tune-in all season on @AZSports— Greg Schulte (@GubnuhDbacks) April 6, 2015
#OpeningDayFSAZ #Dbacks cupcakes on deck for deliveries by @FSArizonaGirls today! pic.twitter.com/0Naqhpq0oa— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 6, 2015
@dbacks is it too late to get a guy in a pigeon suit to run in front of Randy Johnson during the first pitch?— Rich Reichenbacher (@sublime167) April 7, 2015
But not everyone was happy...
Hey, at least we had functioning bathrooms, unlike certain major-league parks I could mention... There seemed to be three main categories of irritation according to the Twitter: one, the team could do very little about; one they were somewhat responsible; and one where they were almost entirely to blame...
ParkingNot the team's fault, but Opening Day coincided with a concert by something called an Ariana Grande, who is apparently a big thing in certain circles. Me, I have absolutely no idea. But she apparently had a concert last night at the venue formerly known as US Airways Center. Between that and the sell-out next door, there were likely close to 70,000 additional people looking for parking in downtown Phoenix last night. The results were obvious:
@IEmKingAndrew @Dbacks only parking I saw was charging $24-45. Never seen any event that high downtown. Been going to events since 2008— Brandon Buckingham (@brandonbuck88) April 7, 2015
The metal detectorsIn a section headed "No inconvenience," the Arizona Republic said, "There was concern by some leading up to Opening Day that the extra security step would add to wait times at each gate, but it was hard to notice a difference." The Twitter would strongly beg to differ on this front, with a litany of complaints like these:
Great job handling the crowd @Dbacks the new metal detectors are a disaster. pic.twitter.com/ojwj9Tmqnd— BNPHXDT (@PHXWP) April 7, 2015
From what I heard, part of the problem here did appear to be people either unaware of or not caring about the new security, so showing up with too much metal on their person. So instead of just walking through and the line keeping going, this required a manual wanding and/or patdown, bringing things to a halt. However, the D-backs should certainly have foreseen this, and had sufficient additional security to cope.
#ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/AMyeDJNkXS— Ⓓⓔⓡⓔⓚ (@DerekTrill) April 7, 2015
ConcessionsThis was the most popular refrain. Long queues, particularly for the fabled Churro Dog [given the blitz of publicity, you think they might have decided to sell it at more than two locations?]; stands running out of food; staffing issues. It's not the first Opening Day at Chase Field: management and Levy Restaurants should know the score by now, and be able to cope after 18 years. Apparently, not the case:
Epic fail @Dbacks ..worse Opening Day experience ever...from the unorganized security to untrained concessions people pic.twitter.com/61gzTjGi4n— Roberto Ast (@Airwarlord) April 7, 2015
Opening day, but several unmanned registers in long line in "diamond level" at @dbacks game. Maybe they thought fans wouldn't show today?— Tony (@tcani) April 7, 2015
@Dbacks worst concession experience ever #homeopener— Michele Mullee (@mmullee) April 7, 2015
The @Cubs have bathroom problems, the @Dbacks have #churrodog problems #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/uqCinzbov1— Gregory Walsh (@thePRfectWorld) April 7, 2015
Though probably the most poignantly unfortunate Tweet was this one:
One of the hot new local concession stands, PV Burger Co., ran out of food tonight. Or at least that's what I was told when I tried to order— Jacob Pomrenke (@buckweaver) April 7, 2015
And one additional point to note...
@dbacks someone puked on my leg. I have yet to find someone who is willing to help me find a decent place to clean this off at. Please help— Chris Parker (@clgparker) April 7, 2015
@tcbdbackfan D-Bat dog @Dbacks game is great ... but isn't worth $25 without the french-fries like it was last season— Kyle Canfield (@hinsightprophet) April 7, 2015
But it certainly wasn't all badThere were just as many Tweets saying what a wonderful time people were having. I think this one, from a certain well-know local songster, will stand in lieu of all those.
Though I also liked this: there's a new sheriff in town...
Full stands, mostly full beverage, opening day...I back the @DBacks RC pic.twitter.com/55vW9YQFq5— Roger Clyne (@azpeacemakers) April 7, 2015
And finally, this exchange between the official Twitter accounts for the Diamondbacks and Giants...
.@JakeLamb18 chats with media about his pinch-hit, bases-loaded double. @Dbacks pic.twitter.com/WyaiYQiDI7— Casey Wilcox (@CaseyWilcoxAZ) April 7, 2015
Most popular food item here at Chase Field, the brand new Churro Dog. Churro inside of 2 donuts & yogurt+ pic.twitter.com/YX3FQ2RvWm— World Champs (@SFGiants) April 7, 2015
@SFGiants And infinity happiness when eating this delicious dessert.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 7, 2015
@Dbacks So you got one and didn’t share?— World Champs (@SFGiants) April 7, 2015
@SFGiants This isn't a sharing type of food.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 7, 2015