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1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr.
Joliet, IL

Stadium Opened: 2002
Capacity: 6,500
Dimensions: LF- 330 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 327 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Free parking
  • Stadium is located in downtown Joliet. You'll need to find a public lot.

 

Food:

  • Philly Cheesesteaks, burgers, barbeque, hot dogs, sausage, frozen daiquiris, and Azteca nachos.
  • a coffee stand is located in the left field concourse area

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

Silver Cross Field features green fold down seats in the seating bowl. The seating bowl is steep enough that there are no issues with bad sightlines. The luxury suites are located on the second level. The arched windows outside the suites is a nice touch.

The concourse was open to the field, but it felt a bit cramped. The park features a wraparound concourse, although it is not very inviting in center and right field. It would be nice if a few counters were put up for fans to stand and watch the game.

 

In the left field concourse area there is a picnic area along with "Jammers Backyard BBQ". The BBQ stand has some tables and seating on top of it that any fan can enjoy regardless of the type of ticket you purchased.

A feature that I particularly liked was the design of the light towers. Also, in the picture below you can see the berm area located on the 3rd base side.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

The atmosphere at Silver Cross Field is consistent with other newer minor league parks. Of course there were a good amount of fans there whose focus was not on baseball. For example, a young girl near my seat felt it was appropriate to use the railings as playground equipment for most of the game. At one point she was actually on top of the dugout. Besides the obvious question of, "where were her parents?", there is also the question of "Where were the ushers?".

One unique feature of the game was that after a homerun, the giant Jackhammerer ("Left Field Louie") in the outfield concourse lights up and is animated. Pretty neat! (see picture above)

Since the park is located in downtown Joliet, the surrounding buildings add some character to the park. For example, beyond the right field wall is a very old building which looked like a prison. I thought at first this was the correctional facility that "Prison Break" was filmed at, but with a closer look I could see that it actually was a school.

Also, you can see a train (pictured below) running through Joliet from the concourse area.

Behind the left field concourse area is a firehouse. On the firehouse there is a sign that says "560 ft.", the distance a homerun ball would have to go in order to hit the firehouse.

Lastly, one disappointing part of my visit to Silver Cross Field was that they were out of programs. What kind of baseball stadium runs out of programs halfway through the season? Come on....

During the game, an alcohol compliance officer came over to a group of fans near me who were being very loud and checked their ID's. Good for Silver Cross Field for keeping tabs on these young folks!! I loved it, I wanted to see them get busted, but apparently they were legit.

 

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

  • Nothing that I recall

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on many visit on 8/10/09.

 

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