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1 Line Drive
Manchester, NH

Stadium Opened: 2005
Capacity: 7,722
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft.  CF- 404 ft.   RF- 325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: FisherCats Ballpark, MerchantsAuto.Com Stadium


Parking:

  • There is no stadium lot.  You have to find parking in the downtown area and walk, sometimes several blocks. Good Luck.

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Box seats and Bleacher seats
  • Picnic Area in the outfield in front of the Hilton Garden Hotel.
  • Wide concourse area
  • Retractable "batters eye" in Centerfield
  • Located along the Merrimack River, although the river can not be seen from the stands

Food:

  • Good selection: Hot dogs, sausage, fries, chili, clam chowder at the "Chowda House", BBQ sandwiches

 

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Family oriented
  • Beautiful hotel in outfield (Hilton Garden Inn), situated 425 feet from homeplate.
  • Absolutely pristine looking ballpark, although the park's name which contains a web address takes away from its beauty
  • Mascot's name is "Fungo" the Fisher Cat

 

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

Origin of Team's Name:

On November 13, 2003, the team announced the “Name the Team” contest which had three phases over the following weeks. During the first phase, fans submitted suggestions. During the second phase, fans ranked their top five favorite names from the suggestions. For the final phase, fans voted for their single favorite among the top five names from the second round. On December 3, the final voting results were announced: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1,574 votes - 24.5%), Manchester Millers (1,552 votes - 24.1%), Granite State Mountain Men (1,382 vote - 21.5%), New Hampshire Granite (1,302 votes - 20.2%), and New Hampshire Primaries (627 votes - 9.7%). The ultimate source of the name is from the fisher, most often called a fisher cat in New Hampshire.

(www.wikipedia.org)

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 8/19/06

 

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