If you have a parking pass, you do not need to get there early. However, most of the tailgating happens in the other area. You will have a tough time scalping tickets in front of this place, as it is located out by itself, but I would recommend anything in the lower bowl area. You can reserve tables in the bar if you guarantee a certain dollar amount of beer/food
Great ballpark with play area and activities for kids plus numerous food and drink vendors for adults. As at most ballparks, the prices are pretty steep. We were there on "buck night," so peanuts and hot dogs were $1 each. A large bottle of water was $7, and a small bottle was $5 though. Parking was reasonable ($12), and I was impressed with how efficiently they were able to get cars out after the game was over. Overall very nice facility.