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Old 06-22-2006, 08:25 PM
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Default Knights return to Columbus & Toledo, OH: 6/26-29

They play two-game sets in each city:

M6/26 - 7:05 p.m. - Charlotte @ Columbus - Dime-A-Dog Night
T6/27 - 7:05 p.m. - Charlotte @ Columbus - 2-for-1 Night / Ladies Night
W6/28 - 7:00 p.m. - Charlotte @ Toledo - No Promotion
R6/29 - 7:00 p.m. - Charlotte @ Toledo - Appearance by the "Spitball Gang"

All times are Eastern. Info on Toledo.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:53 PM
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Default Some info on Columbus, OH

Columbus is about a 5-6 hour drive from Chicago. The most direct route (through Ft. Wayne) is much slower (and more scenic) than the Interstate routes, but the overall time is about the same. I-70 moves quickly but is under construction. (I've never seen so many blowouts.) Once you're in Columbus, it's easy to get around via expressway. They also have what appears to be frequent bus service. The population of the city looks relatively young and fit. That may have something to do with the number of colleges, particularly the OSU campus, which is not very interesting to look at, despite an excellent location adjacent to 2 scenic rivers (sorry, Buckeyes fans).

The highlights are a very nice zoo in the NW suburbs (next to a Six Flags water park), the German Village historic residential area, and the beautiful Art Deco LeVeque Tower (see below). The downtown area also has state and city government buildings, and some nice river-front parks. Other attractions include Easton Town Center mall and the Franklin Park Conservatory. There was ample construction downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods, so Columbus appears to be an up-and-coming city.

The Columbus Clippers are the I.L. / AAA franchise of the NY Yankees. They play in old, drab Cooper Stadium. The park has none of the bells and whistles of newer stadia, but has standard amenities / concessions and really everything you need if you are focused on the game. They have no signature concession item, and the beer selection (heavy on Bud products) was disappointing.

The park is just west of downtown Columbus, right off of I-70. There is ample parking ($3), and lots of seats available on the day of game (at least for the weekday game we attended). Box seats are the first 10 rows between the bases, featuring newer, plastic seats with cup holders. These tix normally run $10, but we went on Taco Bell 2-for-1 Tuesday, resulting in an outstanding value. Unlike many newer parks, Cooper Stadium has plenty of shade and protection from rain. The skyboxes and pressbox are high above the field, offering shelter. Their mascots are a parrot and what appears to be some kind of aquatic mammal in pirate gear ("Clippers" refers to the ship).

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Old 06-29-2006, 08:59 PM
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I was planning on going to yesterdays game in Toledo, but my work changed my schedule

I guess I'll try for August when they return to Indy.
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