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1000 Park Ave.
Altoona, PA

Stadium Opened: 1999
Capacity: 7,210
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft.  CF- 405 ft.   RF-325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: Blair County Ballpark

Parking:

  • There is a parking garage next to the stadium
  • $3
  • No traffic getting in or out, flowed nicely

 

Food:

  • 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

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • 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.
  • Seats with cupholders-lots of leg room
  • Bleachers with backs
  • High tables to stand at to eat and watch the game
  • Lawn seating
  • Outfield bleachers
  • 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.
  • Picnic areas
  • Banners of each Eastern League team in the left field corner concourse area

 

Atmosphere/Character:

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.

(www.wikipedia.org)

 

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Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 8/26/07.

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