5 Brooks Robinson Way
Stadium Opened: 2007
Dimensions: LF- 300 ft. CF- 405 ft. RF- 326 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Sovereign Bank Stadium
- The stadium is located in a downtown area so there are various public lots ranging from $3-$5.
2 main concession stands and several stand-alone specialty stands.
Good variety of food- chicken fingers, fries, Turky Hill ice cream, pretzels, nachos, Philly cheesesteaks, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, etc.
Prices were similar to other parks. The best value was probably the chicken fingers and fries for $6.50. There were 4 chicken fingers and a massive amount of fries. Almost too much food for one person. Also, a 20oz. Turkey Hill lemonade or ice tea was only $2.75.
Bud Light Picnic Pavillion
Capitol Hill Lawn Seating
Height of left field wall (The Arch Nemesis)- 37.7 feet (Taller than the "Green Monster")
Brooks Robinson Plaza- Home plate Entrance of the park
Four scoreboards, including a manual scoreboard located on the "Arch Nemesis"
Cannon is fired after a York Homerun. "Cannonball Charlie" fires the cannon.
Kids Play Area
First Cap Team Store
Sovereign Bank Stadium is very similar to Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, a short drive from York. The similarity immediately diminished my hopes of finding any originality or character at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised that there seemed to be more character here than at the park in Lancaster. The "Green Monster"-like wall in left field (known as the "Arch Nemisis") certainly makes this park unique from others. I just wish that the wall was not green though, possibly blue seats and a blue wall would have made this not look so much of a "copy-cat" aspect of the park. There was a manual scoreboard located on the wall. Although, exactly the same as Fenway, but at least it added character to the park. If I was a Red Sox fan, I think I would have had more of an issue with this wall, but luckily I am not. The next aspect of the stadium that added character was the fans. Sitting in section 5 is a man by the name of Don Kain who started a rally cheer for the Revolution by yelling "Hit the Wall!". He got his idea while attending a game in Lancaster in which he heard their fans do their cheer, "Everybody hits!". Don wears a shirt the has a logo on the back that has a baseball with "Section 5" and "Hit the Wall" on it. He stands up to lead the cheer so everyone can see his shirt. Lastly, the firing of a cannon by "Cannonball Charlie" after a York homerun also adds something unique to the park to set it apart from others. Overall, I think this park is slightly more memorable than Lancaster's.
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Review is based on many visit on 7/27/08 and 9/15/13.