Maybe it was the sold-out stadium, the buzzing crowd or the long-standing SF-LA rivalry, but last night’s Giants game against the Dodgers was exciting for me, someone who is usually pretty bored by baseball.
I love seeing all the recycling and composting bins at the stadium, but you know what AT&T Park really needs? Water bottle refill stations, like the above station at SFO. That way, fans can reduce plastic waste, drink pristine Hetch Hetchy water and not pay $8 for one bottle of water.
In non-green observations, I have to say I really dislike how stadiums now play an intro song for each player. It makes me feel like a grumpy old man to complain about liking things they way they used to be, but nothing beats the cheesy Hammond organ for me.
Hearing a snippet of AC/DC or Bon Jovi as each player comes up to bat gives me the same feeling as those slick biographical videos presidential candidates play at their parties’ conventions. It feels too prepackaged and commercial, like I’m watching an infomercial, and the next thing you know I’m convinced that yes, my sofa is sagging, and I need to buy the Seat Saver to make sure sumo wrestlers can sit on my couch comfortably.
The Green Sports Alliance just announced a number of new members: The Minnesota Twins and Target Field, the San Diego Padres and PETCO Park, and 13 others joined the Alliance’s six founding teams and venues in their efforts to make their sporting events more environmentally responsible.
As I get ready to head to tonight’s Giants-Dodgers game at AT&T Park (my hometown team vs. my adopted home’s team!), I’m noticing the glaring absence of the Giants and the A’s from the Green Sports Alliance’s list of members.
I know AT&T Park and the Oakland Coliseum already have excellent recycling and composting programs, so what’s the hold up, guys?