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Bertus Lauren Dr.
Oneonta, NY

Stadium Opened: 1940
Capacity: 4,000
Dimensions: LF- 333 ft.  CF- 401 ft.   RF- 335 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Plenty of parking very close to the stadium
  • Free Parking
  • No traffic getting in or out of stadium

 

Food:

  • Minimal variety, but cheap:  $1.50 hot dogs, $2.00 hamburgers, $1.75 sodas.
  • Also, nachos, popcorn, and ice cream
  • No beer

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

 

  • The stadium is very simple.  There is a covered grandstand behind homeplate which seats season ticket holders and general admission fans.  Wooden and aluminum bleachers line the infield on either side.  Both sets of bleachers are general admission.  The small press box is above the grandstand behind homeplate.  The season ticket holders get their name on a sign which labels their box.  It gives it a real old-time feel.
  • All seats are general admission seats except for the 1st two rows in the infield that are season ticket holders’ box seats.
  • Stadium has half wooden bleachers and half aluminum bleachers
  • All seats are close to field

 

Atmosphere/Character:

At first glance, Damaschke Field looks like a run-down ballpark in need of being torn down.  Once you take a closer look, you realize the character and charm that the stadium has.  It is in a beautiful location, with mountain views over the outfield wall.  There is a park surrounding the stadium.


The stadium was very laid back.  There was one window open at the box office, one person taking tickets at the gate, and only 2 concession stands.  The ticket taker at the gate didn’t appear to mind young boys running in and out of the stadium to fetch foul balls that had landed in the park next to the stadium.  No high-tech security here.  The night I went to the park, the bathrooms were out of order half way through the game and we had to walk about 500 feet to the park bathrooms.  The stadium personnel didn’t seem too concerned.  It wasn’t that they didn’t care or were doing a poor job running the stadium, it was just that they were very non-chalant and very laid back.  I actually kind of liked that…it was a good change of pace.


The stadium definitely has its charm and character.  Adding to the charm of the stadium is the fact that the National Baseball Hall of Fame is located about 20 minutes away.  Damaschke Field has a similar feel to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, near the Hall of Fame.


The stadium does not have fancy scoreboards or silly between innings contests, but it does have a quaint feel to it. (I was one of only 437 in attendance) So, if you are looking for a good old fashioned stadium, head out to Oneonta, NY and go to Damaschke Field. 

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

  • Wall of Fame

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 8/12/06.

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com