Re: $583K dome?
It was passable as a band and sports venue.
It was cleaned up on the inside with a new inflatable roof put on it. It looked like they had painted the outside. Inside, no scoreboards were operational. No clocks for that matter. They only had 2 concession booths open for a crowd of probably about 5K. In the afternoon sessions, it was well-lit by the daylight. The night time finals were a little dark. The field is well-lit but the stands just caught the light from the field and were dark. And I don't think they turned on the heat. Sweatshirts and jeans were the minimum with lots of folks in jackets.
My daughter said the field turf was very short and not at all like Lucas Oil Stadium or Edward Jones Dome (Mason HS has played those venues plus will be at the Georgia Dome in a few weeks). She said that moving the band from the parking lot through the air lock was a little spooky. And the echo in the place was unbelievable. No acoustics at all.
The parking lot had the feel of an abandoned factory. We had a hotel room across the road from the dome, but we decided to drive over and back. Walking around that area seemed decidedly dicey.
The area around the dome was pretty depressed. Local restaurants were a little hard to find and they were very glad to see us. Driving through downtown Detroit was a real eye-opener. Pretty devastated looking.
But the best part was Mason HS marching band won their first ever Bands of America Regional. We've been doing marching band for 9 years now and this was the first time we'd won an event of this magnitude. I was thrilled beyond belief and the kids and staff were ecstatic. It completely took the sting off the Reds' losses for me. I have a big long story about this competition but won't bore you guys with it.
October 9, 2010
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