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Stadium Opened: 1993
Capacity: 5,062
Dimensions: LF- 330 ft.  CF- 401 ft.   RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

 

Parking:

  • Parking was $3 in 2015.
  • paved parking lot in front of the ballpark

Food:

  • Third Base Side Concessions was the only stand open, which was kind of inconvenient since we were sitting on the first base side.
  • Limited concessions menu but prices were okay. In 2015, a hot dog was $3.00, fries were $2.00, and a 20oz bottle of soda was $3.00
  • Other food items included, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, Chik-fil-a Sandwich, pulled pork sandwiches, and burgers.

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

The ballpark was built on donated land and named after the local Pepsi-Cola bottler, L.P. Frans, who partially funded the stadium’s construction. The exterior is made up of red brick and the ballpark was landscaped nicely outside the stadium. There is not much actual structure to the ballpark. There are two concession stands, one on the first base side and one on the third base side. The concourse is not open to the field behind home plate. There is a small overhang to provide a little bit of shade to the upper rows of the seating bowl.

This is not a good ballpark for taking photographs since the netting extends down over the dugouts. This is my biggest complaint. I know there is a push for better safety precautions, but I am not on board with extending netting in ballparks. If teams are going to have extended netting, it should be clearly marked on their website's stadium seating chart where the netting is.

The seating bowl is made up of green fold-down seats and there is a picnic area on the first base side. The videoboard and scoreboard could stand to be updated.

There is a kids play area in the left field corner area.

Atmosphere/Character:

The team's mascot, the crawdad, was very active during the game. Not much character to the ballpark, it was a very forgettable experience.

 

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

Upon entering the stadium, there are many plaques honoring the MLB team. There was a "Crawdads in the Majors" plaque listing all the former Crawdads who made it to the Majors. There was also a Hickory Crawdads Hall of Fame plaque on the wall.

Overall Rating:

Review is based on many visit on 6/28/15.

Photos Taken June 2015

 

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