Think the players were excited?
@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:
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:
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:
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
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
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.
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