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How has your experiences at the Coliseum affected you?

I am writing a practice college application essay in my English class, and I know what I want to say but I can't seem to put my feelings about the home of my beloved A's into words.  Here's the prompt:

How has a particular place influenced you?  Don’t feel limited to places such as foreign countries.  A room full of people speaking a different language, a science lab, a photo darkroom, your bedroom, a video arcade, or a stage may say something about you.  What?  Do not just describe the place.  Show its affect on you.

Yes, the Coliseum isn't the prettiest place for a baseball team to play.  And yes, it's not the greatest either.  But when you're sitting in the stands rather than looking at it from afar, all those little details seem not to matter anymore, or at least to me. That's not part of my essay, but I can't seem to get past that. It's pretty frustrating to know exactly what you want to write, but you can't just find the words.

Sooo, I'm curious to know how you guys feel about the Coliseum and how it has affected you in any way.  It could be a certain game or an experience sitting next to a memorable fan.  Do you feel at home when you're at the Coliseum?  Do you see other A's fans as family?

Hopefully, I'll get out of this writer's block by reading your guys' stories and getting some inspiration out of it. And of course, go A's :)  See you guys at the Coliseum on Sunday!

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