1000 Park Ave.
Stadium Opened: 1999
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft. CF- 405 ft. RF-325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Blair County Ballpark
- There is a parking garage next to the stadium
- No traffic getting in or out, flowed nicely
Wide variety of food- BBQ chicken, chicken fingers, fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, Quaker Steak & Lube Award Winning Wings, pulled pork, etc.
Prices were consistent with other minor league parks
Blair County Ballpark is about an hour drive from the Pirates Single A affiliate, the State College Spikes. There are several similarities between the designs of the two stadiums and the food selection.
with cupholders-lots of leg room
Bleachers with backs
High tables to stand at to eat and watch the game
Classy red brick on the exterior of the stadium
Two levels of seating with no overhang above 2nd level
The concourse area was extremely spacious. It was filled with picnic tables.
There is a beautiful crystal clear scoreboard in centerfield.
Banners of each Eastern League team in the left field corner concourse area
Blair County Ballpark has a family atmosphere. Some families sat and ate at the picnic tables in the concourse area the entire game. There was a lot of space for just “hanging out” and being able to walk around and get some fresh air. Sound effects were kept to a minimum. Overall, this stadium is a beauty. Definitely worth the drive.
- Free game programs, which is always a plus.
- Roller Coaster within homerun distance in the neighboring Lakemont Amusement Park. Written on the coaster’s car is “Go Curve”, which can be read from the stadium. The roller coaster is closer to the field than the roller coaster at Keyspan Park.
- The Altoona Curve is not named for the curve ball…they are named for the local famous historical railroad attraction- Horseshoe Curve. There is a Railroad Crossing sign located on the wall as you enter the concourse.
Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:
- "The Road to the Show" Wall of Fame
Origin of Team's Name:
The "Curve" nickname was selected over several other proposals, including Lake Monsters, Ridge Runners, and the Altoona Fish. The name "Altoona Curve" commemorates the famous Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Review is based on my visit on 8/26/07.