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300 South Main St.
Akron, OH

Stadium Opened: 1997
Capacity: 9,447 (sell-out capacity)
Dimensions: LF- 331 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 337 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • No dedicated lot run by the Aeros but there are several lots and garages near the ballpark. Map of Akron Parking.
  • Most lots charged $5 for parking.

 

Food:

There are 6 main concession stands:

  • The Sock Hop Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe
  • Godfather's Kitchen
  • Taters
  • The Dawg Pound
  • Jobu's Voodoo Lounge
  • Bier Garten
  • No lids and straws provided for fountain drinks. It really bothers me when teams do this. Without a lid, the cup practically folds in half while you are drinking from it. Also, if a fan bumps into you on the crowded concourse, there goes your drink. Come on, is it really that difficult to have lids and straws? This is one of my pet peeves, along with ballparks that keep the cap off bottled soda/ water.
  • $2.00 small hot dog was avilable for kids
  • Specialty concession items for 2013: Eighth Wonder of the World and Three Dog Night. Both of these items were not very well advertised. No description was provided on the large menu above the concession stands but I did see a small flyer printed out from a computer hanging on a random column somewhere in the concourse. Since these items were not widely advertised, I feel that they were just ridiculous publicity stunts so that prior to the season, the team could release articles about these "extreme" food options. Just an attention seeker as far as I am concerned.

 

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

The seating bowl is made up of blue fold-down seats. The setting sun blinds fans on the 1st base side and bleachers areas until a few innings into the game. As a result, many of those sun-blinded sections remained empty until about the 3rd inning. Take a look in the photo below. I even saw concession stand workers holding their hands up to shield the sun while taking orders. How can anyone be expected to work like that? This is unacceptable.

In the left field corner, there are sections of seats as angled in towards homeplate so fans can have a better view of the infield. As a result, when sitting in these sections, the entire left field corner is obstructed. The intent was good, but I prefer to have an unobstructed view of the entire field.

Aluminum bleachers with backs are in the right field corner. When sitting in these seats, fans have a good view of the two bullpens. As long as you can deal with the sun blinding you, these seats are decent. These seats must always get blasted with sun because there was even a warning sign posted that stated "Caution: Bleachers May be Hot".

There is a kids play area in the outfield concourse. The space is way too small for the amount of inflatables and games in it. Fans have to weave their way through kids in order to get to the bleachers. Also, once entrance to the bleachers is blocked by an inflatable. If you don't have room for it, don't have it. Bottom line.

There is a picnic group area in the left field concourse area. Again, just like the kids area, there is just not enough room for this. It appears to be an after thought on the part of the team to put this there. The tent also blocks one of the entrances to the last seating section. It just really looks crammed in.

Ample amount of auxillary scoreboards for fans to always know what the count is on a batter, # of outs, and score. No matter where you are sitting in the ballpark, there is a board for you to look at without having to turn your head. This is a concept that ballparks rarely get right, so kudos to Canal Park. There is also a crystal clear HD videoboard in centerfield. What was more impressive was that the team used the videoboard and a very effective way. They even had the lineup posted on one side, this is something you don't usually see at a minor league ballpark.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

Generally ballparks located in the downtown section of a city, tend to have a lot of character. Canal Park looks nice when it is dark and you can see the lights from the surrounding buildings. The nearby canal which can be seen from only a few spots in the ballpark's concourse had the potential to provide a lot of character, but it just can not be seen well from inside the park. Unlike some downtown ballparks, Canal Park does appear to be located in a lively section of town.

 

  • The deisgn of the light towers provides a little bit of character into the ballpark.

  • Mascots: "Orbit" and "Homer". These two were only seen a few times throughout the game.
  • Female PA announcer did a good job.
  • Free Programs

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • I don't recall seeing much that referenced the Cleveland Indians or the history of baseball in Akron. But I will give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe there was more that I missed, besides a few Eastern League championship banners.

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visits on 8/24/13.

 

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