At this point, I had only toured two of the historical staples in MLB- Fenway and Dodger Stadium. AT&T certainly doesn't have the same historical feel of those two, but it also doesn't try to. AT&T plays to its strengths, with a big one being technology. I have never been in a stadium so technologically advanced, and it kinda matches where the franchise is at- a modern powerhouse that seems to evolve and win every other year. As you can see in the picture above, they were getting ready to host a bowl game (football at a baseball stadium is definitely on my bucket list) so the tour wasn't what it normally is in the offseason, but it was cool to see the transformation in progress- they were literally working on the field while we were there!
As mentioned in the Kings @ Staples post, we were near Dodger Stadium in the morning. We were there because we went on a stadium tour. And by we, I mean me. Joel still wasn't feeling well, so he slept in the car in the parking lot while I did the tour. I had gone to a game alone before, so I wasn't really too worried about it, but I'll definitely be going on another tour when Joel can join me. The Dodgers give tours year round, and what you get to see is dependent on whether you're in season or out of season. Obviously you're not going to be able to get down on the field during a regular public tour in season. That's why I prefer out of season tours, but any time is a good time to explore the history of a ball field! Tickets were $20 per person, and the tour lasted about 90 minutes.
Looking back, both of the NFL stadiums we visited on this trip were doomed, but at least this one was planned. The 49ers were upgrading and moving their stadium, and honestly, it was definitely time. Candlestick was dated, especially for the always changing San Francisco area, and the part of town it was in didn't exactly scream safety. But unlike Qualcomm, there was so much great history there. Jerry Rice had caught touchdowns there. Joe Montana and Steve Young had taken snaps there. The 49ers had so many wins within those bleachers, and while they had a span where winning seasons were only memories, Jim Harbaugh had lead a rebuild and they were finally good again. Candlestick deserved a proper send off, and it was an honor to be a part of it. It was a perfect last game at Candlestick, last Monday Night Football game of the season, and last game of our trip!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.