Originally Posted by George Anderson
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.
Were they "seat Nazis" because you didn't get your way, because they were doing their jobs, or because they were crass? Did they curse you? Were they yelling at you?
In my time working with the public, what some consider "crass and mean" is really just code for not getting the free stuff they don't want to pay for.
Oddly, I've had a similar experience (though, to be fair, my grandfather and I were moving forward to a higher priced seat) in Indianapolis. The usher asked for our tickets. We showed him. He told us to move back. My grandfather countered with the "There's no one in this seat" gambit and the "No one's even in the ballpark" excuse. He made us move back anyway.
I didn't take it as an affront to me or my grandfather. He was simply doing his job.
It's happened to me in Cincinnati (four or five times, once in the bottom of the 7th of an 11-3 snoozer against the Pirates when less than 5,000 people showed up), Chicago (White Sox games are usually empty in late September, but the ushers are hard-core), and three or four other stadiums.
I think perhaps you (and doug, it looks like) have been extremely lucky.