As you may have heard, City Hall unlocked the gates of Ray Winder Field on Saturday morning and let scavengers come in to claim the historic chairs from the old ballpark. I didn't go because I got two years ago, and then I got two more later on. Word to the wise -- they rot if your plan is to put them in the ground outside but are fine under a covered porch.
I didn't go, but here's some reaction from some who did as recorded on the Arkansas Times website...
It's a piece of our history that some people disregard and want to get rid of. You can build another ballpark in Chicago, but it wouldn't be Wrigley Field. You can build another ballpark in North Little Rock and name it after two rich people, but it's not going to be the greatest game on dirt. -- Citizen
So sad. It makes me think of that old Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi.. " UAMS paved paradise and put up a parking lot" -- MondoLilRocker
I wasted 2 hrs standing in line this morning waiting on free seats from Ray Winder Field. They handed out tickets AFTER the doors open. Then only 440 tickets were given out (out of 500) because of the way the seats were removed. Very poor planning on someone's part. Why not hand out tickets as people are walking up to stand in line, or maybe create a website that let people get a "first come first service" ticket? Lots of angry people waited 2 hrs. (over 1000 showed up) I would have been fine driving up and someone says "sorry, all tickets are gone", but make me wait around for 2 hrs is ridiculous. -- Chad
I too was there this morning and was not lucky enough to get anything but an old old board, a cup, and a poster. Bill signed all of them and took his picture with me and anyone else who wanted to. To plainjim, I would bet a two week paycheck that the people in that line were there to commemorate their memories and their parents memories of being at Ray Winder. It was worth it to stand in line and get in one more time and hear the stories of the people around me. One lady had lied to her husband and if she got a seat was giving it to her husband on Monday for their wedding anniversary. I"m sure a few are gonna sell theirs and shame on them, but the majority were there for the same reason this bleacher creature was. It was cloudy today, but still didn't rain at Ray Winder Field. -- Tilly
That was a miserable experience. We arrived at 6:30 a.m. and waited in line over four hours. They eventually gave out tickets numbered up to 440. They told us that we weren't guaranteed to get seats but that there should be that many. I was number 362 and dead leaves and dirty screws were all that were left by the time I got inside. I do not agree with Mr. Moore. I was not glad that we were able to "have this day." I agree with Ron that their should have been an auction or web site to sell them and they could have raised tens of thousands of dollars. For a city with such a poorly run budget, that seems like a no-brainer to me. Everyone I spoke to at the park said they would have paid for them. I would guesstimate that over 1,000 people left disappointed. -- SkyBo53