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450 Aiken St.
Lowell, MA

Stadium Opened: 1998
Capacity: 5,000
Dimensions: LF- 337 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 301 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Parking is not controlled by the Lowell Spinners organization. It is controlled by UMass - Lowell.
  • Parking fee is $5

 

Food:

  • In 2010, the cheapest hot dog was a reasonable $1.50
  • In 2010, the cheapest soda and bottle of water were $2.50 and $3.00 each, respectively.
  • Unique items include lobster rolls and clam chowder
  • Steak and Cheese Sandwiches, Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken tenders, sausage, etc.
  • Long lines at the concession stands.

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

The exterior of the ballpark is made up of red brick and the park is situated near the Merrimack River. Fans enter the ballpark up a flight of stairs to the concourse, which is open to the field. The downfall to the design of the ballpark is that there is limited shade available. There isn't really any type of overhang over the concourse. The design is similar to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The ballpark was a cheap feel to it because even the green fold-down seats are situated on aluminum rather than concrete. I thought it was a little strange that the kids play area was situated next to a dumpster area. From the concourse, you can overlook this less than "scenic" area. At least they did splurge for the inflatables with the team's logo on them.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • The historic textile mills (now condos - Canal Place Condos and theLofts at Perkins Park) that can be seen over the right field wall adds a lot of character to the ballpark and goes along with the team's name of the "Spinners".
  • A brown/red bridge with five arches (Aiken Street Bridge) on it can also be seen over the right field wall, as well as two inactive smoke stacks from the old mills. This historic bridge was built in 1883. Apparently, it is the longest lenticular truss bridge in America, according to this website.
  • Mascots are alligators, "Canaligator", "Millie-Gator", and "Allie-Gator".
  • Attendance is very high at this ballpark.
  • The Hood milk jug that is to the right of the "batter's eye" in centerfield was once part of Fenway Park.

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

  • Retired numbers on the outfield wall.
  • Boston Red Sox logo on the front of the ballpark and Red Sox flags on the side of the ballpark.
  • Red Sox "socks" logo painted on the field behind home plate.

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 8/14/10. Click on the date for game photos.

 

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