I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love minor league baseball.
Just try getting away with something like this in a big league ballpark (outside of Miami, anyway):
— Frisco RoughRiders (@RidersBaseball) February 25, 2016
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) February 25, 2016
— Edward Egros (@EdwardEgrosFox4) February 25, 2016
As described by the RoughRiders, the AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers:
Rising above the right-field wall, the Choctaw Lazy River will provide one of the most unique viewing and entertainment experiences in all of professional sports. At a consistent depth of 3 feet, the gently-flowing river will span nearly 175 feet from end to end-longer than an Olympic-size swimming pool and nearly the length of a regulation National Hockey League ice rink.
A person swimming or wading one full lap around the river’s two distinct middle islands will travel over 400 feet, the same distance from home plate to the center field wall at Dr Pepper Ballpark. 113 linear-feet of recycled water will cascade over an infinity edge to create two fantastic 8-foot waterfalls that will drop into a beautiful reservoir behind the outfield wall.
Filled with 68,023 gallons of water, the Choctaw Lazy River will have nine times more swimming area than each of the end zone pools at EverBank Field in Jacksonville (home of the Jaguars), and will be eight times larger than the Arizona Diamondbacks’ famous outfield pool at Chase Field, which contains a mere 8,500 gallons by comparison. The RoughRiders’ water volume is so vast that it would take 1,267,973 baseballs and 1,088,368 cups of nacho cheese to fill.
Although I would have preferred that the lazy river *were* filled with 1,088,368 cups of nacho cheese, I guess this is pretty good, too.
You can read much more on the project here, which is broader than the lazy river.