I was looking to see what it is that everybody has on there "Must do list" when they go to a ballgame. I have to do the following things:
1.Keep my ticket stub
2.Walk around the inside and outside of each stadium
3.Keep Score
4.Get plenty of pictures of the stadium
5.Buy a team hat
6.Eat the signature ballpark food (see my stadium foods blog)

Looking forward to see what everybody else does. Again if anybody has any good foods they have had in Colorado, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto, that is where I will be this summer.

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Comment by Ryan Carter on April 6, 2013 at 9:32pm

My "to-do" list is similar to yours. I keep my tickets stubs, make sure to walk around the stadium and take plenty of pictures, and I also buy one of those collectible baseballs with team logos and such. I built a display case for the balls. I will occasionally buy a hat or t-shirt or other souvenir, but always get a ball. I also keep the souvenir cups most of the time.

Comment by Jim Wood (46 MLB) on March 19, 2013 at 11:48am
Pretty similar to your list. I keep the ticket stub from the game, buy a scorecard and keep score, and if it's an MLB game I'll check into Gameday. Will also walk around the inside of the concourse and when possible get views from different angles. Finally I'll check to see what's going on around the park in terms of bars or restaurants.
Comment by Bart Wilhelm (311 total/41 MLB) on March 19, 2013 at 9:57am

The only thing I do is keep score at every game with a scoreboard bought at each stadium. That's proof enough for me that I was there.

Comment by Derrick Fenwick on March 1, 2013 at 10:34am

I agree with Nathan, try to go on a tour if they have one. Lets you see more of the areas you wouldn't usually see. Private boxes, radio booths ect.

Comment by Thequesters Too on February 27, 2013 at 3:38pm

I have to second what everyone is saying about Toronto and the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is pretty cool.

Comment by Cam Cain (29) on February 27, 2013 at 10:55am

Exactly what I do at every game, with the exception that I (attempt to) get a ball during BP and try to get some sort of program. Cleveland has surprisingly great hot dogs, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is only a short walk from Progressive Field also.

Comment by Mark (53) on February 26, 2013 at 6:14pm

Shawn, I like to get to the game early so that I can get photos of the outside of the stadium without large crowds. Once inside, I try to get a pocket schedule to put with the ticket stub, a game program and home team cap (but only if it is the first time visiting that team). After the third inning, I like to walk around the stadium to take photos from behind home plate, the lines and if possible from center field, as well as other ballpark features I find interesting. So except from keeping score and getting the signature food, I pretty much have the same "must do list". Enjoy the games.

Comment by Claire Hussey on February 26, 2013 at 3:35pm

Eat at the Winking Lizard in Cleveland before a game but get there early. The Horseshoe Casino is within walking distance of the field also. Toronto has the Hockey Hall of Fame which I visited with my kids. The cup was there when we went. Really cool but not as cool as watching a game from our hotel room in Toronto (plus it was my birthday and the pitchers were Martinez vs. Halladay). Enjoy your road trips!!

Comment by Nathan Bisonette 33 MLB 62 MiLB on February 26, 2013 at 2:10pm
I don't keep my ticket stubs Shawn, something I regret not doing. For baseball games the only "must do" item for me is to buy a team logo ball something plain and not too fancy. They have the standardized official MLB balls with that team's logo the "signature" of the commissioner Bud Selig on them so that's what I go with so they all look the same a little bit of OCD about that lol. I realize that after I've seen all thirty parks and have 30 balls that's going to be quite a lot of space taken up by my baseballs! Shirts and hats are nice, but frankly I wouldn't be caught dead wearing some teams' apparel. I take lots of pictures as well of course and try to walk around the park and take it all in. I will do stadium tours on off hours if they are offered. I'm not quite familiar enough with all the ins and outs of scoring terminology to keep score. Plus I tend to disagree with official scorers at times lol. I've only been to Cleveland of those parks you listed and can't think of anything particular that stuck out at me as having been a must eat item. Have fun chasing this summer!
Comment by Bob D (MLB 30/48 total 442) on February 26, 2013 at 9:40am

I keep all ticket stubs as well and buy (or get the free) program whenever possible as well. I walk around the stadiums as well and keep score everywhere except for major league parks. I like the smaller minor league and college parks where I can see the game from anywhere in the park and it is easier to spot the knowledgable locals to get a feel of the team and the stadium as oppossed to major leagues where there are many more "casual" fans. I don't usually buy a set item as I have more than enough hats and tshirts, but will grab magnet schedule magnets for myself and friends if I can. If I see something interesting to me I'll buy it. At South carolina this weekend they had a book on their recent championship team that looked interesting so that is what I bought. I was also given a 2011 souvenier national championship coca-cola bottle by one of the big SC fans that they only sold in that area for a short time. To me that was very cool and better than anything I could buy there.


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