Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Honestly, I don't get why you're mad, George.
You didn't buy that ticket. You have no right to that seat. Period. It doesn't matter how many people were or weren't sitting in that section.
I get that you were frustrated by your child's allergy/ the sun, but that only means you should have planned better, not that they should have given you a free pass to sit wherever you wanted. (And I totally get the sun allergy thing-- my nephew has CF and can't handle strong cologne or really hot, humid days in the beating sun. So, when he goes with me, we buy/ trade for tickets under the canopy. They're a little more expensive, but you get what you pay for.)
The ushers are often paid minimum wage and have to put up with a lot of crap from a lot of people, both up the chain and with the paying customer.
My experiences at Slugger Field have been exemplary-- ushers have been great. Then again, I've always sat in the seat corresponding to the ticket I bought.
The seats I moved to were in a cheaper location than the ones I paid for. If we had moved to seats in a much more expensive location that the ones we paid for than I would see your point. However we moved to a cheaper location where absolutely no one sitting so my 2 year old who was suffering from the sun could get relief. This was our first trip ever to Slugger Park and I have been to many ball parks and never once have I encountered a policy where they are so stringent that you sit in the exact seat you bought at least at the minor league level.
Ushers or as my wife and I later referred to them as "Seat Nazi's" at Slugger Park have to adhere to the policy from the administration but I would expect a certain amount of professionalism and customer sevice in helping with the fact my 2 year old was suffering from to much exposure to the sun. The tone and attitude from both ushers we encountered was incredibly crash and rude. Keep in mind we were simply a family of 4 with 2 small children. The fact these individuals likely make minimum wage means little to me as well it should to everyone else. Poor customer service is poor customer service regardless of how much the individuals make.
Regardless, the Louisville Bats have every right to make whatever policy they want regarding their stadium and employ ushers that are rude and not at all fan friendly. I also however have every right to not attend their stadium and also bring attention to their less than desirable policies.
On a brighter note, Slugger Park was a nice stadium. However while I may be a bit biased I find Victory Field here in Indianapolis to be a much nicer stadium and way more fan freindly. If people in the area are looking for a nice get away I would highly recommend Indy over Louisville. It is a much more comfortable stadium and no nasty "seat nazis" like there are in Louisville to ruin your baseball experience.