Morning Fix: The Little Aquarium That Could

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Comment by Adelita on October 15, 2010 at 6:29am
Wow, I remember going with my dad to Fremonts in Coronado Center. He loved to cook and would always find "exotic" food there. He would always buy my sister and I those little tins of raspberry candies there. Hope they can figure out a way to survive!
Comment by ramon t on October 15, 2010 at 10:10am
Ben, lots of normal folks get to use the suites. Many companies purchase them and then distribute them to their employees as thank you's and little perks of employment. I am a peon at my company and have had the pleasure of using the suites at both Isotopes Park and the Santa Ana Star Center on many occasions.
Comment by Dan Ehrig on October 15, 2010 at 10:42am
Hopefully these luxury boxes will let real fans get close to the floor again. Around 1994 AD Davalos moved the student section from the first 30 or so rows on the west side to the north side and put luxury seats for big spenders in their place. The new fatcat rows were much deeper and as a result the number of people in that space is about half what it used to be. Additionally the wealthy folk who take those seats are much quieter than the students were and rarely even get out of their seats. The Pit isn't nearly as loud as it was before this.

Unfortunately I suspect that the privileged will retain their prime seating on the west side in addition to getting the entire mezzanine to themselves and the Pit will become even quieter.

The Lobos still have a home-court advantage at The Pit but it isn't nearly as huge as it used to be. The days of unranked Lobo squads knocking off the #1 team in the country as a result of crowd noise (as it did to both Oklahoma and Arizona in the late 80s/early 90s) are over. Its all about revenue maximizing these days.

As Johnny Mango pointed out though, I imagine it will be a long time (if ever) before these new luxury boxes pay for themselves. This renovation is more government welfare to the wealthy and well-connected than anything else. At least some blue collar workers have gotten some paychecks out of it.

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