By Lauren Justice, Staff Writer–
On Thursday, April 4th, the Chattanooga Lookouts played the Montgomery Biscuits at the AT&T Stadium in downtown Chattanooga. This game took place on opening day, which marks the first game of the season for the Lookouts. Unfortunately, Chattanooga’s home team lost 6-3.
Additionally, Thursday marked the season’s first Thirsty Thursday, a day in which Bud Light beer costs only $1 at the ballpark. This event occurs at the stadium every Thursday during the season. Other regular events include: Food Drive Sundays, Kids Eat Free Mondays, and Fireworks Fridays.
The crowd was filled with Chattanooga friends and families ready to cheer on their hometown team. The game was completely sold out, so it was evident that there are some die-hard Lookouts fans in town. Simply to attend, people had to park as far away as Cherry St., and the stadium is located at the corner of Power Alley and W 3rd St.
Among the crowd were two baseball fans, Joy Wolinski and Chapman Odom. These two came out to support the team on opening day.
Wolinski, a UTC student, has been going to the Lookouts’ games for two years, since she moved to Chattanooga and figured out how much she enjoyed it. “I used to play softball, so it’s kind of nostalgic to come to the games,” she said.
That night, Wolinski was even handed a ball by a bystander who obtained it in the “Beer Garden” area where she was sitting. The Beer Garden is an area for those 21 and up to hang out and drink beer during the games.
Odom recently moved to Chattanooga from Alabama, the Biscuits’ home state, so he’s used to cheering them on. “Now that I’m a Chattanooga resident, I’ll be cheering on the Lookouts from now on”, he said. He’s been a fan of baseball for most of his life.
The two friends came to the game dressed in their best Lookouts gear, much like many other fans.
Odom said, “This is my first lookouts game, but it definitely won’t be my last.” Wolinski then said, “Opening day is the best part about Spring.”
The Lookouts’ schedule can be found on their website, as well as events coming up. There is a gift shop located on-site at the entrance to the stadium for fans to buy clothing and accessories with the Lookouts wide-eyed logo on them.