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400 West First St.
Chico, CA

Stadium Opened: 1997
Capacity: 4,200
Dimensions: LF- 330 ft.  CF- 405 ft.   RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Lot next to the stadium - $4

 

 

Food:

  • Dominos Pizza slices for $3, which were actually pretty hearty and tasty,
  • There us waitress service in the seats behind home plate.
  • BBQ Stand - hot dogs, burgers, tri-tip sandwiches

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

Games are played on the campus of Chico State University. All of the seats are metal bleachers and they are all "caged in"-even down the lines. In right field, there is a picnic area, which is probably the area where there is the most shade. Otherwise, there is no overhang in the seating bowl, so on a sunny day, you could fry. If you attend a night game, sit on the 1B side if you want to be out of the sun as much as you can. Behind home plate there is a brick wall as the back stop, which is unique. There is a kids play area which features a few inflatables - notably, one of them had the "Reno Silver Sox's" logo on it. Not sure what was up with that.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

There are few things at Nettleton Stadium that give the park character. First, there is a female PA announcer. She is actually pretty good and she encourages the fans to root for the Outlaws throughout the game. Secondly, there are train tracks that run right behind the outfield wall, so you will probably see at least one freight train pass by throughout the game.

The ushers (although they were more like cheerleaders here) are very active throughout the game. They were constantly dancing, holding up signs, and trying to get the fans involved in the game. They also threw free items like t-shirts and glow necklaces into the crowd throughout the night.

The team mascot is "Rascal", the raccoon. He is very similar to the mascot for the Hudson Valley Renegades. The problem I had with "Rascal" was that his uniform was too small. His uniform shirt did not meet the top of his uniform pants, so instead he looked like a trashy raccoon, rather than a respectable one. It was a rather revealing top.

Unfortunately, there wasn't anything too memorable about this park, so it is going to get lost in the mix of all the other parks that I have been to.

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on many visit on 7/24/10.

 

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