Dear Stadium Doctor:
I always read your column with interest. I have a few questions of my own.
First, how can you arrange a stadium tour for a company or private group?
Second, my season mini-plan was behind home plate and I had to view the game through the netting. Will the net in the new park be easier to see through? In my opinion, the net at Memorial Stadium was a distraction.
Steve A. Hiken
Dear Steve A. Hiken:
Thank you for your letter and a special thank you for your kind comment. I am not an emotional person. But your words moved me, stadium comrade.
I will now attempt to answer your outstanding questions, Steve.
It is my sad duty to inform you that you probably won't be taking a tour of the stadium unless you happen to be one of the people in the steel-toed boots who is building it.
The Maryland Stadium Authority, which led frequent tours of the ballpark, has suspended them until Opening Day to maintain security and allow workers to finish the job. When the ballpark officially opens, the stadium authority and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum plan to offer tours jointly at a nominal charge.
I phoned Bruce Hoffman, stadium authority executive director, to ask about the home-plate screen. He said never to call again after 2 a.m. Then he said that, at the new ballpark, the screen will be made of stainless steel, and it won't be invisible, if that's what you were wondering.
"We're using the most transparent material we can use and still ** have it safe," Hoffman said.