"Last night's first-ever ball game at Pacific Bell Park began with Willie Mays and ended up with a crowd of more than 40,800 strolling into a warm San Francisco night after an 8-3 Giants win." — Saturday, April 1, 2000
No one wanted –miss– the opening game at PacBell Park¹. Fans didn't mind –wait– in line to buy the last few tickets for sale. Fans enjoyed –look at– the nine-foot statue of Willie Mays at the entrance.
The real Willie Mays was standing on the pitcher's mound getting ready –throw– the first pitch. Willie Mays was remembering –hit– home runs in the old park. Several people mentioned –miss– the old park, but not the cold weather conditions there.
Most people decide –take– public transportation to the game. Some admitted –like– the experience. Others risked –drive– and later found it difficult to park. CalTrain regretted not –plan– for the large number of fans who wanted to take the train. In the future, CalTrain plans –add– more trains. Planners suggested –arrive– at the park early to avoid traffic problems. They anticipated –have– a "full house".
Food service at the park was greatly expanded. Most fans liked –have– more choices. Other fans thought the park needed –lower– its prices. The park permits fans over 21 –drink– beer. However, the park forbids –drink– hard alcohol. A few fans still choose –bring– their own food. The park doesn't allow fans –enter– with glass bottles. Park officials avoid –let– fans bring anything that could be thrown on the field.
¹ Now called AT&T Park.
expanded (adj.) – increased
hard alcoh0l – distilled beverage with more than 20% alcohol
pitch (v.) – throw, for example, throw a ball (in a game) for the batter to hit
statue (n.) – a metal, larger-than-life figure of a famous person, usually in placed in parks or public places