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105 Wahconah St.
Pittsfield, MA

Stadium Opened: 1950
Capacity: 4,000
Dimensions: LF- 310 ft.  CF- 374 ft.   RF- 403 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Free Parking
  • Dirt lot next to ballpark
  • No issues with traffic flow since the Colonials don't tend to draw well.

 

Food:

  • Not a huge variety, but they did have the usual ballpark concessions.

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • One of only two professional parks located facing the setting sun (the other park is located in Bakersfield, CA- Sam Lynn Park)
  • Covered grandstand with ceramic owls hanging from the rafters to prevent pidgeons from nesting.
  • Press Box is set up in the grandstand at a table
  • Grandstand contains mostly red bleachers with backs (general admission) and a few rows of blue fold down seats (box seats).
  • Seats are very close to the action....pay attention to the game!
  • Outfield walls are not padded...they are made of wood. This really makes you feel like you are watching a game from the early to mid 1900's.
  • Beer Garden along first base side
  • Dugouts are very small and barely contain all the players
  • Clubhouse doors can be seen from concourse. The home clubhouse is labeled "Home Sweet Home". Before the game, the players and even the manager were hanging out outside the clubhouse door.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

Watching a game at Wahconah Park is like travelling back in time. Not only is the park very historic but the Colonials also wear old-time uniforms adding to the historic charm. I can see why this park may not be a favorite for some fans since it doesn't contain any of the fancy "bells and whistles" that many other minor league parks have, but for a true baseball fan, this park will not disappoint. The only focus here is baseball. The team is not trying to distract you with obnoxious mascots, loud sound effects, or silly contests. This is why this park ranks high with me. This is how minor league baseball should be. Places like Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY and MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY need to take some pointers from the Colonials on how a minor league park should be operated.

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

  • Ballpark signs state "Historic Wahconah Park"

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on many visit on 9/5/11.

 

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