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2009 Baseball Blvd.
Avon, OH

Stadium Opened: 2009
Capacity: 5,000 (3,500 fixed seats, 1,500 lawn)
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 325 ft.
Surface: Artificial Turf (except for pitcher's mound and home plate area)

Former Names of Ballpark: None


Parking:

  • $3
  • Large lot next to the stadium (paved for season ticket holders and gravel lot for general parking)

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Seating bowl extends all the way down the baselines so fans can be closer to the field. Although, this is not my preference since the site lines are not good. I'd rather be a little higher up in the infield then close to the field in the outfield.
  • Elevated Picnic area
  • Team store (Fan-Attic)
  • Kids play area
  • No scoreboard with the batter's names on it. Strange. Hopefully, they plan to get one.
  • Luxury Suites
  • Very steep (almost too steep) grassy berm in the outfield
  • 360 concourse
  • Reserved high table seating behind last row of seats

Even the Dirt is Artificial!

Food:

  • Not as much variety as I expected in a new park.
  • This is another one of those annoying parks where they keep the cap off your drink at the concession stands. What if I don't want to drink it all a want to take it home? I don't want the drink, if they are going to keep the cap. They can keep their drink as well.
  • Fairly long lines

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Everything felt a bit artificial here. (Obviously, the field is artificial turf, but even the trees beyond the outfield wall looked artificial, although they were real). It just felt like I was watching what baseball will look like in 2050 or something. There was just something fake about it that I didn't care for her.
  • Too many announcements and ads between pitches and batters. I think the PA announcer must have announced 5 or 6 times throughout the game that there were fireworks after the game. He just kept saying "Welcome to Friday night fireworks". Ok, say it once or twice but it's not necessary to have all these announcements in between batters and pitches. It just seemed like whenever there was a moment of silence, he wanted to fill it with something.
  • in-between innings contests and promotions
  • All Pro Freight Stadium is a nice park for families, but the a die-hard baseball fan will probably be a little disappointed. For me, this park falls into the "Shopping Mall/Amusement Park" category of Minor League Parks. Personally, I didn't care for this park too much, but the average, everyday fan will probably like it. With the exception of the turf, it is a very forgettable park.

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 7/24/09

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com