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5800 Stadium Parkway
Viera, FL

Stadium Opened: 1994
Capacity: 8,100
Dimensions: LF- 340 ft.  CF- 404 ft.   RF- 340 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Parking - $5 in a large grass field
  • Gates to the stadium only open 1 and a half hours before game time, unlike the standard 2 hours at other parks in the Grapefruit League.

Food:

  • "The Strasburger Basket" - BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger with fries
  • Chicken Tenders (Regular or Buffalo Style), Sausage, Hot Dogs, Chicken Teriyaki, soft pretzels
  • Turkey Sandwich basket, Chicken Caesar Salad are a few healthier options

"Strasburger" and a hot dog

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Seating areas consist of blue fold-down seats (no cup-holders) , bleachers, and a berm area. Berm area is not one of the better ones in the Grapefruit League though.
  • Very little shade in the seating bowl. There are two small aluminum roofs that provide the only shade. They are located on the 1st and 3rd base sides. Otherwise, if you are looking for any break from the sun, you should head out to the berm area.
  • Picnic area in the outfield berm area
  • The foul poles are named for "The Challenger" and "Columbia" space shutttles.
  • Fans can overlook the bullpens so you can get close to the players.
  • Casey at the Bat Statue outside stadium
  • There are some picnic tables located throughout the concourse area to eat your concessions at before the game.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

Space Coast Stadium, named for nearby Kennedy Space Center, definitely has a unique theme throughout the ballpark. Not only are the foul poles named in tribute of the lsot crews of "The Challenger" and "Columbia" space shuttles, but there is also a space shuttle monument outside the park. Although, in pictures, I thought it was much bigger than it actually is in person.

Fans can really get an up-close-personal view of the players at Space Coast Stadium. This is mainly due to the fact that both bullpens are accessible. You can basically hear the conversations going on in the bullpen.

Just a note of caution: In my experience, in Spring Training parks the home team takes batting practive either before the gates open or on one of their practice fields. The visiting team is much more available for fans to see, since they warm up and take batting practice on the main field. So, seeing your favorite team "away" might be better than "home". The visiting Florida Marlins can be seen in the above photos to give you an idea of how close you can get to the action.

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 3/14/11.

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com