I respectfully disagree with everything you said. You are forcing your point with pure utter nonsense!!! The pure baseball fan will seat in his seat and watch the game, the rest is just Marketing brilliance, Get over it..1. if you're moving around at the back of the stands, you're probably twice the distance from the field from your seat and distracted by the retail money magnets. the seats are wider now, so you're not "stuffed" in 'em. the urge to move around comes from watching games on tv at home where you can move around and still watch. you may want to pretend that you are at home, don't fool yourself it's not the same. there are few spots in mallpark concourses in that can match the sight-lines of the seating areas, you are defeating the purpose of buying a seat ticket.
2. watching a game "stuffed" into a seat is considered an "obsolete" way of watching a game because professional sports franchises have conditioned you (with hype like showing food stands/shops during tv broadcasts - it's done deliberately not unlike pumping food aromas into movie theaters during the playing of a film) to think that buying that stuff is as important as the game. this grew out of the franchise owners realizing that ticket prices can't come close to covering the escalating player salary costs as it once did , so they have to find new ways to extract more dollars from you.
after i had been to oriole park in '93 someone asked me what i thought of the place and i told them that every time i turned around they were trying to sell me something, it's a lot more in your face now.
3. the "food" sold at mallparks ain't any better than junk food, they try to fancy it up with packaging and condiments but it's not much better than dogs/cracker jack or beer. and on top of that, since you're a captive audience they know that you'll overpay for it. good change is good, but for us "luddites" who have some knowledge of what came before us we know the difference between steak (the game) and expensive gristle (distractions designed to sell) - be smart to learn from it.
4. the garage-like "charm" of places like ebbets, comiskey, connie mack, polo grounds, cleveland muni., fenway and many others wasn't that important because it was overshadowed by the game itself. fans only want the mall-like concourses and food courts because they have been told that they want them by sports franchise who want to and have to sell more. the phrase "ballpark experience" is code for "spend more".
as long as player costs escalate at the current rate and owners want profits on top of that there will be more and more distractions designed to separate you from your dollars added to the cacophony surrounding the game.
someday the two parties will find that the revenue pie can only be enlarged to a certain point and they will have to find a way to live with it - perhaps without lockouts or labor strikes - if they're smart. but don't count on it.
btw - if you're so interested citi/mets, what's with your avatar?