A look back to the Tri-Cities

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt wasn’t a memorable five days for the Boise Hawks at Gesa Stadium, as the Tri-City Dust Devils took 4-of-5 games from the Boise Hawks.  The Rockies affiliate had the Hawks number throughout the 2013 season, winning 8-of-10 games…while Tri-City is currently just 2-9 against Spokane.

However, I had the opportunity to take some photos from the ballpark and thought you’d enjoy seeing what the yard looked like.

The first night was pretty interesting, when the first image was taken – we had a rogue thunderstorm roll through the Columbia Basin – lightning was everywhere around us, but stayed a mile from the ballpark.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next three pictures are taken from the warning track in the outfield – one the look from right field, one from centerfield, one in right.  You can see that the lower level of the stadium, below the concourse are box seats – which is where many of the Hawks fans that made the trip to the Tri-Cities for the weekend had the opportunity to sit.

You can see the press box sits at the back of the bleachers – with one of my favorite crews in the league working in there…though all of the press box crews are amazing in the Northwest League.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe big behemoth off the first base side is the saving-grace for baseball in the Tri-Cities.  Years ago, the State of Washington – when the Seattle Seahawks were building their new stadium (after the demise of the Kingdome), part of the funding plan helped each of the minor league teams (in all sports) in the state.  Yakima and Everett each got video boards, Spokane got upgrades to their seating bowl, and Tri-City built the Sun Shade, that puts over 80% of their nearly 4,000 seats in the shade at game time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAttendance jumped from around 1,400 to nearly 2,300 in years since the shade was installed.  And the feeling when the 100-degree day turns to 85 in the shade feels so good.

The one weird thing this year – only going to Tri-City once.  One final awesome thing – they have a Dutch Bros. Coffee right across the street from the stadium!!!

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