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80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY

Stadium Opened: 2002
Capacity: 4,500
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: None


Parking:

  • Parking was free.  The stadium is located on the campus of the Hudson Valley Community College.  The ballpark is a shared entity, owned by the city of Troy.

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Seats go too far down the baselines. It is hard to see home plate.
  • 10 luxury suites
  • Picnic area
  • Lawn seating
  • inflatable play area for kids

Food:

  • Quality food at cheap prices
  • Hot dogs- $2.00, bottled soda or water- $2.50, chicken tenders, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Speidies, Buttered potatos, pizza, and fried dough.

 

 

Atmosphere/Character:

The stadium has a very wide concourse area which gives the stadium an open air feel.  This allows for the opportunity for standing room only, since this team usually draws a large crowd.  The crowd was laid back, but into the game.  There were the usual in between innings contests, including the “T-Shirt Toss”.  Since the stadium is a shared entity with the college and the Valley Cats, there are less billboards in the outfield and the stadium looks a lot classier than some other Single A stadiums.  Every seat is close to the field since there are only about 14 rows of seating.

"Sammy", dressed as Uncle Sam, tries to get the crowd into the game. "Southpaw" is the team's mascot. Overall, Bruno Stadium is a nice, laid back place to watch a ballgame.

 

 

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

  • Two retired numbers: Joe Urso and Jake Peavey's numbers

Origin of Team's Name:

The Tri-City ValleyCats are a minor league baseball team based in Troy, New York. (The tri-cities comprise Albany, Schenectady and Troy, which make up New York State's Capital District.)

(www.wikipedia.org)

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 7/12/09.

 

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