Colin Wilcox: What I’d change about the Nationals (D.C. Sports Fan Contest, Round 1)
Colin Wilcox is one of the nine finalists in The Washington Post’s Greatest D.C. Sports Fan Contest. For Round 1, we asked our contestants to tell us what one thing they would change about one of D.C.’s professional sports teams. Read Colin’s response below, then tell us in the comments if you think he should be one of the six finalists to continue to the next round of competition.
I would change the atmosphere during games at Nats Park and here’s how: I would turn Sections 138-143 (the lower level above the out-of-town scoreboard) into a student section/Euro soccer-type environment.
I would take out all the seats of those sections and make just one massive section of bleachers. The fans there would be loud, standing up the entire game, chanting, thunder stix would be a must and you’d have to be wearing red to get in. I call it: The Red Sea.
It would be a World Series Game 7 atmosphere for all 81 home games of the season. I want to make it so opposing center fielders and right fielders absolutely dread coming into Nats Park because they know they’ll be hearing from the Red Sea all night. For the first few weeks.
I would recommend donating a good number of the tickets to local colleges to allow students to come for free; then you build the mystique and curiosity of being a part of the Red Sea and eventually there will be a high demand, not just from college students, who want to come and experience it. You could sell ad space all over the section (and on thunder stix, Red Sea t-shirts, cowbells, etc.) to help get some of the money lost from donating tickets. And let’s be honest, those aren’t the best seats in the house by any means; it’s not like those sections have been selling out.
Also, to help create a buzz about being a part of the cheering section there would be a celebrity “leader of the Red Sea” every now and then. People like Darrell Green, John Wall, Ovechkin, Wale, Kevin Durant, etc. would be front and center of the group and lead the charge, so to speak, throughout the game. Eventually it will become an honor to “lead” the Red Sea and people will jump at the opportunity to do it. Between the winning product on the field and the potential of a second to none atmosphere, people will be lining up just for a chance to be part of the Red Sea.
Weigh In: Tell us what you think of Colin’s argument in the comments. Our judges will choose six of the nine finalists to advance to Round 2 based on a combination or your comments and their opinions. Does Colin deserve to advance? Why or why not?
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