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271 Park Ave.
Portland, ME

Stadium Opened: 1994
Capacity: 7,368
Dimensions: LF- 315 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: None


Parking:

  • Parking is avilable in privately run lots for about $5.
  • Fans can also park in the Maine Medical Center lot or the Fitzpatrick Stadium lot.

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Most of the seating is located on the 3rd base side of the infield since the arena building inhibits the seating bowl from extending down the 1st base line.
  • Seating bowl is made primarily of aluminum giving it a cheap feel.

Cheap Bleacher Material For Steps

 

 

Food:

  • I thought concession options were a little weak.
  • At the Fried Foods stand: McCain's Fries (which looked very undercooked), Sea Dog Haddock Fillet Sandwich, Popcorn Chicken (a pretty generous portion) with Bingas Wingas sauce.
  • Pizza (which did not look too appetizing), Kayem's hot dogs, sausage and peppers/onions, steak and cheese w/ peppers/onions, deli sandwiches, burgers, and fried dough.
  • The most unique item was the Sea Dog Ice Cream Biscuit.

Vendor Selling "Sea Dog Biscuits"

 

Concourse - No View of Field

Atmosphere/Character:

Hadlock Field's signature feature is the "Maine Monster" in left field. The mascot, "Slugger" is adored by the fans. I was disappointed in the lack of a "Maine" feel to the park. Supposedly, there is a lighthouse that was supposed to come up over the centerfield wall after a Sea Dogs homerun, but when I was there it did not. Not sure if it was broken or if they have gotten rid of it. Other than offering a fish sandwich and doing an in-between inning contest involving lobsters, you don't really feel like you are in Maine. I feel the nautical theme could have been used more. Overall, a nice place to watch a game, but the park is not anything special. If I didn't know, I would never have guessed this park was built in 1994. I would have thought it had been around years.

"Maine Monster"

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

  • "Maine Monster" in left field.
  • Outside the stadium, there are banners honoring former Sea Dogs now playing for the Red Sox.
  • Luxury boxes named after former Red Sox greats.
  • Team pictures displayed in the concourse.
  • Championship banners and retired numbers displayed near the press box area.

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 6/8/11

 

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