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1450 Graham St.
Burlington, NC

Stadium Opened: 1958
Capacity: 3,500
Dimensions: LF- 335 ft.  CF- 410 ft.   RF- 335 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Godfrey Schmieder Field, Fairchild Stadium

Parking:

  • Dirt lot next to the ballpark
  • Free parking

 

Food:

  • "Royal Concessions"- offered mostly simple ballpark fare, but did have Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. Very reasonably priced concessions.
  • Ice Cream Stand with helmet sundaes

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

At the gate to the ballpark, there is a small ticket booth and a program stand. Very Steep ramps entering into the grandstand. There is a picnic area in left field and right field. There is a set of aluminum bleachers (no seat backs) on each baseline. There is a little too much room in front of these bleachers so fans are a little far from the field than they would be in the grandstand. This extra space also encouraged young fans to play catch in this space which made it a little dangerous (see photo below). There weren't any ushers around stopping them from playing. There isn't really a concourse per se, the ballpark just has a gate around it and the back of the grandstand houses the concession stands. There was plenty of room to walk to get concessions.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Very low key and enjoyable
  • No obnoxious sound effects, just pure baseball.
  • Fans can get up close and personal with the bullpens and practically hear the conversations of the players.

I loved that the home team's clubhouse was right next to the field and as the players came out one by one before the game, they had no problem stopping to sign autographs.

The mascot's name is "Bingo". He seemed to be well liked and active throughout the game.

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

  • Banners of former players

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 6/24/12.

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com