March 17, 2001--New York Mets (ss) 3, Baltimore Orioles 1
We arrived at the stadium at 9:30 am for a 1:10 game. We walked around the complex
and got several autographs. They don't let you into the stadium until 11:00 am.
Once inside, the park looks like Municipal Stadium in Binghamton (I know St. Lucie was bulit 4 yrs earlier).
Maybe it was the blue seats, or the same layout, but I felt like I was in Binghamton.
The park is mostly concrete, and not very attractive from the outside. You come into the park
by walking up a series of ramps and entering between the 100s and the 200s. The concession
stands are located on the concourse outside of the seating area. This is another characteristic
of the late 80's early 90's minor league park. The food was standard ballpark food, hotdogs,
regular and foot long variety, pretzels and the like. The lines were short and the food was
The game was played at a quick pace, which was nice because we had to catch the nightcap
at 7:00 in Jupiter. There is talk of the Mets leaving St. Lucie and moving to West Palm
Beach to share a stadium with the Baltimore Orioles. They say they do not draw very well.
The day we were there they had a very nice crowd. It was a Saturday though, and the Mets are
the defending 2000 NL Champs this spring. Maybe they didn't draw on Tuesday nights
when they were finishing in 5th place in the NL East. As for a spring & FSL facility it is a fine
place to take in a game.