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A Long, Strange Trip

Posted by Sean Rowland on August 28, 2016

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Something a little different on this visit wrap-up…
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3:25 AM:  Alarm goes off. Hit snooze Button.

3:35 AM:  Alarm goes off. Hit snooze Button.

3:39 AM:  Alarm goes off. This time it is the ‘real’ one.

4:00 AM:  Begin a half-day at work. The forecast is pretty straight-forward, which is welcomed on this day so I can breeze thru it and get other operational stuff done.

8:00 AM:  Make a quick pit-stop at home to drop a few things and say hello/goodbye to the wife and daughter. Also check traffic to see what frustrations I’m in for.

8:45 AM:  Depart for New Haven, CT to the Connecticut Tennis Center and the WTA Semifinals between Elina Svitolina and Johanna Larsson.

10:40 AM:  After cruising along pretty well and enjoying the toll-booth less Tappan Zee Bridge, the fun stops just 15 minutes from New Haven, where things comes to a screeching halt on the Merritt Parkway. Construction leads to a 30 minute delay as it takes me half that time for me to start yelling at nobody and looking deranged. Minutes checking out the facility fade fast.

11:30 AM:  Finally arrive at the Tennis Center. Still an hour and a half before the match starts, but I need all of that time to check out the facility, take pictures (remember no moving around during play) and eat.

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11:31 AM:  Instantly begin sweating. Temp: 82, Dewpoint: 73

12:50 PM:  Complete walking tour of the grounds, which are nicely maintained and have some great spots like the picnic tables under shade and next to the awesome food trucks. Settle inside the stadium with a New Haven-style pizza slice

1:00 PM:  Out walks Svitolina and Larsson to a crowd of about 500…here we go

1:12 PM:  Thank you clouds!

1:30 PM:  Please come back clouds!

1:53 PM: Svitolina takes the hard-fought first set 6-4. Larsson hangs in there to save some set points and this was a grueling set given the heat as both ladies pounded the ball. The row I sit in was the only one in the whole stadium with a sliver of shade, but it’s not enough. With the heat index now over 90, I move to stand under an overhang and watch the second set.

2:23 PM:  The 10th seed Ukrainian is too much and wins 6-4, 6-2. She’ll be in the final on Saturday and I hung around a little bit to listen to the on-court interview and watch her on the nearby ESPN set afterwards.

2:55 PM:  Stop in East Haven at The Shore Line Trolley Museum with about an hour to kill before heading to the next stadium.

3:20 PM:  While taking the historic trolley, the engineer says “The pole went down again”. As we wait for the next trolley ahead to proceed and the engineer adjusts this “pole”, the scene on the silent trolley in the middle of the salt marsh is peaceful and eerie at the same time.

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3:55 PM:  Head east to Norwich and the second stadium on the day. The cancellation of the Tri-City ValleyCats game I planned on attending last month, made me consider and add this Connecticut Tigers game and a visit to Dodd Stadium. Knowing it’s rush hour, I check Google and see the dreaded red color along 95.

4:30 PM:  After trying to avoid traffic (unsuccessfully) by using Route 1, I get back onto 95. It was an enjoyable alternative going thru coastal towns like Branford and Guilford. 

5:15 PM:  Dinner at Lazizah Bakery in the Yantic section of Norwich. Trip Advisor is my go to for the best food places and this was one of the very few times that the high-rated reviews didn’t match my experience. While reluctant to say much negative at a local establishment, I was unimpressed. Finished up my luke-warm Gyro and hoped that I just caught them on a bad day near closing. The gyro at least filled me up for the evening to come (and there were some good ingredients in there).

6:00 PM:  Arrival at Dodd Stadium, after going up the long, winding road that encompasses a pretty massive business park. Great job to the CT Tigers parking crew that direct drivers into your parking spot and then collects the $3 fee. Seamless and more teams should do this.

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7:07 PM:  First Pitch at a classic 1990s ballpark that I’ve seen the design of a million times before. Nothing special, but nothing bad. Certainly a big park for a single-A team, but that’s because it was built for AA. I settle in behind home plate for the first pitch between Connecticut and Vermont. On this night, they pay homage to that prior AA team, the Norwich Navigators! I like that name much better, they should go back to it. 

8:15 PM:  The Tigers Navigators finally capitalize on erratic Lake Monster pitching with a 4 runs in the fourth inning. All of them came with two outs. It may be a small crowd (1500?), but they have good enthusiasm for each run (and I like the song accompaniment).

9:44 PM:  Game Over. The home team wins 6-3. Plotting my 3 hour journey back home, I see construction near Bridgeport. Errr. Debating a detour around it, but decide to just hope that the 15 minute delay fades as night traffic should diminish as I approach.

10:45 PM:  No delays thru Bridgeport, Yea! Cue up Men In Blazers podcast, which always makes the car ride enjoyable. Then it’s a fight against fatigue for that last hour.

12:45 AM:  Arrival into Hackettstown and starving. Wendy’s is the closest option, but no homestyle chicken sandwich. Drive the extra five minutes to Taco Bell, which I’ll probably regret. Employees are much nicer here than Wendy’s

1:08 AM:  Home. Destroy Delicious Taco Bell, which inevitably destroys me and delays shower and bed time.

2:03 AM:  Almost 24 hours after the day began…Good Night!

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Stadium reviews for both the Connecticut Tennis Center and Dodd Stadium will be up in the next week or two. Check back here for the link once ready, or they’ll be on the right hand side of the page. Take care!

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Tennis Anyone?

Posted by Sean Rowland on August 24, 2016

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It’s all about Connecticut on Friday as we have a (hopefully) two stadium visit along the coast of the Nutmeg State. Last year was my first live tennis experience at the Citi Open in DC and I’m looking forward to adding another one by heading to the WTA event held in New Haven. The Stadium Court is the third largest in the country with a capacity of 15,000 and the semifinals will be played there at 1 PM and 7 PM. Initially, I was planning on seeing the evening session, but a baseball rainout last month made me reconsider plans to add another stadium to the mix. Just an hour east is Norwich and that is where the Connecticut Tigers of the NYPL play. They have a 7 PM home game, so I will attend the less desirable (because of heat and player matchup) afternoon tennis session, then check out Dodd Stadium in the evening. It’s a 3 hour drive back home afterwards, which will make this quite a long day. There is the small threat of a shower or storm during that whole period, which would really screw things up if it rains during either of those events and I’ll keep my plans loose in case I need to change on the fly.

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2016-2017 Year in Premier League Stadiums

Posted by Sean Rowland on August 14, 2016

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It’s easy to miss with the Olympics dominating the sporting world the last week that the English Premier League kicked off yesterday. One of the most popular sports leagues in the world features a wonderful array of stadiums…from old (Goodison Park) to new (Emirates Stadium) to small grounds like Bournemouth’s 11,000-seat Dean Court to giants like Old Trafford at Manchester United. I’ve listed the Ontario Hockey League and College Basketball as the best leagues to take a trip through, but overseas, the EPL would be amazing to check out all 20 grounds. The only downside is that you are confined to your stand (section) and don’t have the ability to move around and check out the stadium from a different perspective.

This season, there are a couple of changes to be aware of and the most notable is at West Ham United. Tight and cozy Upton Park has closed as the Hammers move into the former Olympic Stadium in London. Fans may miss the charm of the Boleyn Ground, but the easier transportation, extra room and other amenities should make for a lot of happy folks heading to a game. The Olympic Stadium becomes the third largest ground in the EPL and it was a lot of years (and money) in the making. Oh, and the bubbles will be making the trip. Over in Liverpool, a renovation to Anfield has added several thousand seats, including a third tier to the main stand. This looks to enhance the noise and atmosphere at what I think is the loudest ground in the league (though Selhurst can get insanely loud for Crystal Palace and Leicester’s KP was crazy last year).

Promotion/Relegation sees us say hello to three returning teams, two of which only had a one year stint in the Championship. Hull City is back and while their orange brings some nice color diversity to the league, their blah fan support and discontent towards ownership means they will give Sunderland a run for playing in the “least full stadium”. Burnley replaces Villa in making sure there are two teams wearing the Claret and Blue, but that also means the return of Turf Moor and David Fishwick! This small club with remarkable success has plenty of local/regional sponsors and David Fishwick’s Minibus company is one of them. His name became so visible to fans, that the Men In Blazers interviewed him and it was a terrific listen as he is a genuinely great guy (take a listen). Middlesborough is the third team promoted and they will seem ‘new’ to many American recent fans as their last appearance in the EPL was eight years ago. Riverside Stadium is their home, built in 1995. To make room for these three, we’ve lost some wonderful stadiums as they have departed to the Championship, where most of America suffers to see them in Standard Definition on Bein Sports. For now, we temporarily (maybe?) will miss seeing St. James’ Park (Newcastle), Villa Park (Aston Villa) and Carrow Road (Norwich) in our living rooms.

Lastly, if you want to visit White Hart Lane in North London for a Tottenham match, you may need to get there this year. Spurs are definitely building a new stadium and it is looking increasingly likely that this will be the last for White Hart Lane as it closes next year to allow for construction. I’ve always admired it and wanted to visit…sad to see it go.

 

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Pittsfield and Troy…Fighting the Rain

Posted by Sean Rowland on August 1, 2016

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Anyone driving around the Northeast this summer can’t help but notice the browned-out neighborhood lawns as this region has struggled to see any prolonged rains for months. I welcome rain for these folks, but just not this past weekend as a I had a baseball trip planned for Pittsfield and Troy. Saturday worked in my favor as I left downpours in Jersey to a light spritz while working my way up the Hudson Valley. By the time I reached Pittsfield around 5:00 PM, it was dry. I started downtown, where the city had some historical points and an older architecture worth driving thru, though there was a sense that the place has seen better times as it was not exactly hopping on a Saturday Night. Dinner was at the District Kitchen for a fine burger at the small bar.

Wahconah Park was built in 1919 and is one of the last remaining ballparks with a wooden grandstand. This is a stadium that oozes likability from purists. It was an auspicious start though as the parking situation in the dirt parking lot is cramped and poor, then I had to wait 15 minutes in a slow-moving line to get my ticket. The generic siding on the exterior, then gave way to the excellent experience I was expecting as I walked up the wonderful ramp behind home plate and into a charming ballpark that has stood the test of time. The wooden grandstand is what you would anticipate from that era as it is covered and held by support beams. Complementing the ballpark is a game experience reduced in theatrics. Just one between-inning contest and lots of organ music greeted a pleasant game that steps back in time. The contest was a FCBL one between the Suns and North Shore Navigators, who had uniforms like a junior high team. North Shore belted three solo home runs to bring a 3-0 lead into the 9th, but Pittsfield staged a rally in their last at-bat. Shaky closing pitching and defense gave up 2 runs with 2 outs and Pittsfield had the tying run at 3rd and the winning run at 2nd. However, Quinn DiPasquale struck out Al Zachary as North Shore hung on to win. That finish was played in a light rain and I would make a wet drive to the hotel. Not something I wanted to do on winding, two-lane Route 20 as insane hotel prices in the Pittsfield area led me to save a hundred bucks or so by driving 40 min to a place in East Greenbush, NY. I knew that the Berkshires were a popular summer spot for New Englanders, but is it that much where a Hampton Inn costs $330 on a weekend. Outrageous!

Sunday Morning, I woke up to a continuing rain and I decided to change my original plans of seeing the Hancock Shaker Village as much of the place is outdoors and the weather did not making that appealing (nor was a 1:10 round trip drive). So as I did some forecasting and contemplated the chances of the Tri-City ValleyCats to get their 5 PM game in, I altered my daytime plans by staying in the Capital District. First, after checkout, was lunch at Panera, mainly to use there Wifi and get some early review work in. With any noteworthy things to check out in Troy closed Sundays, I decided to head 10 minutes west to downtown Albany and check out the free NY State Museum for the afternoon while monitoring the ValleyCats Twitter account for game status as rain continued. This is the largest state museum in the country and I’m glad I made the detour as it was worthwhile. Lots of large displays complimented the informative pieces and there was a terrific section on the history of New York City that I found fascinating (especially the pieces on skyscrapers and Harlem). The poignant 9/11 gallery was tough to get through, but well done. The only criticism I have as a person born and raised in New York is the lack of attention to the many other areas of the Empire State. NYC of course had their section and so did the Adirondacks, but very little attention was given to regions in the western half. Nothing new in terms of being overlooked, but a synopsis of all the state’s regions would have been nice. Hopefully that gets taken care of during their massive, future renovation.

I got so caught up in this museum that I forgot to check the game status until 3 PM and unfortunately, the game was cancelled. My long-lasting luck of never having a rained-out baseball game that I made journey for came to end. Despite my disappointment, I had to focus on that positive and long lasting good fortune. Before the next downpour, I took a walk in the massive Empire State Plaza, a monolithic, 1984-like plaza that displaced thousands of people when built nearly 50 years ago. Mixed emotions resulted from this area that is somehow at the same time beautiful and ugly, intimidating and inviting. The ride home crawled south along I-87 and on the way, I thought about making my next trip (the CT Open in New Haven), a doubleheader by also visiting Dodd Stadium in Norwalk. Until then, the review of Wahconah Park will be up later this week, along with an updated review at Stadium Journey.
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To the Berkshires and Capital District

Posted by Sean Rowland on July 25, 2016

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After a wonderful family vacation on a Caribbean Cruise, I am happy to be back in the saddle and shortly after getting back to The States, we’re ready to hit the road for some stadiums. It’s been awhile since our last visit, especially given that I was at the Rockland Boulders wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Thankfully, the relentless heat looks to break nicely for a pair of games this weekend. This trip is brief, but productive as I’ll leave NJ Saturday afternoon for the Berkshires. There lies Pittsfield and I’ll take in a Collegiate Wood-Bat League game at Wahconah Park, where I’m eagerly looking forward to going back in time to a truly historic stadium. After the game, I’ll stay in NY and avoid the outrageous hotel prices. The next game is in Troy, where the ValleyCats play against Lowell in a 5 PM affair. Not sure where I will spend my time before the game as I’ll either find something in Eastern NY or head back to Pittsfield (about 45 minutes from Troy) for the midday. Two ballparks if the weather cooperates and the latter stadium will get me to 6 NY-Penn League ballparks out of their 14. Back next week with a wrap-up!
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Olympic Sports

Posted by Sean Rowland on July 10, 2016

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Indoor Volleyball is a great sport to get behind during the Games

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Since I was a kid, I gravitated towards the lesser popular things in sports. The minor leagues, mid-major basketball teams, etc. I guess it is that underdog appeal, just taken to the next level in following those teams and stories from the beginning, not just near the Cinderella end. So it should come as no surprise that when the Olympic Games arrive, I enjoy Archery just as much as Swimming. In fact, I remember being younger and imagining a TV channel where each channel was dedicated to a sport. That wish has materialized during the last few games as each sport is broadcast live online (through NBC Sports), giving us the joy to pick which sport and event to watch. Needless to say, my production drops off during those two weeks.

This Summer Olympics feels different because of the awful going-ons in Brazil. There are certainly issues (see this NY Times article) and one should not ignore the many problems for Brazilians directly caused by hosting the games. But despite my guilt, I (just like the rest of the world) will tune in and follow/watch these games. Stadium Journey has a nice preview of the stadiums and venues, so I wanted to highlight the sports you should check out. Here in the United States, we have a remarkable variation of sports with many options for both participation and attending. Thus, it is hard for a “foreign” sport to squeeze in and find attention. The Olympics provide a great opportunity to learn, follow and enjoy something you may not be used to with competition at it’s best. Even though the popular Olympic sports only shine once every years, I invite you for a couple nights to skip the heavy dosage of prime-time swimming, storytelling, track, commercials and beach volleyball and check these out…
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1)  Handball

A combination of basketball, soccer and hockey…what’s not to like! I know that anyone that is a general sports fan would love this. Europe is the continent that plays the most and it certainly is a mix of our favorite sports. Enjoy some highlights.

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2)  Volleyball

While the beach is fun, I prefer the 6-on-6 indoor game. High Schools and Colleges have decent participation and I played in an intramural league in college that was a blast. The last few years, I’ve visited a couple NCAA venues and really enjoyed watching the contest. The strategy involved is intriguing and the matches are quick and fun to watch. Have you ever noticed how happy the women’s volleyball players are? I think this is the only sport with so many smiling athletes. 

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3)  Table Tennis

OK, there is a bias here because I had some heated ping-pong battles in high school. It can be hard to follow with the speed of the ball, but the rallies are intense. I love when someone throws a drop shot in there. Like tennis, there is both singles and doubles.

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4)  Badminton

Similar to table tennis, the birdie goes at light speed (like 200mph fast) and unlike a bright, yellow tennis ball, the white shuttlecock is hard to pick out. Nonetheless, it’s great to watch and it would be even better if NBC brought back Bill Clement to commentate.

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5)  Trampoline

Anytime this comes on, I feel like everyone collectively says “Oooohh Cooool”. Visually appealing, trampoline offers remarkable routines and skill. The intricacies and scoring of the sport make it hard to completely get in to, but there is certainly a hook that will have observers glued on it for awhile.

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The New Stadium Journey

Posted by Sean Rowland on July 2, 2016

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Many of you know that I also write for Stadium Journey, an expansive venture that provides readers with informative reviews of stadiums around the world. As you would think, it is right up my alley and the network that founder Paul Swaney has built is quite remarkable. With SJ being the primary source of information for those looking to head to a new sports facility for the first time, the growth has necessitated development in the website. I’m blown away how time is flying as I’ve done reviewing there since 2010 and as Stadium Journey gets closer to their 10th anniversary, it is with great excitement to see the website revamped and launched yesterday. With Scout’s vast resources, bigger and better things are on the horizon and the new site really helps navigating the hundreds (thousands?) of stadiums reviewed. My favorite aspect of the website is the Forums. As an avid sports traveler, our niche has lacked a centralized place for like people to communicate and share thoughts and ideas. This is exactly what stadium aficionados like myself need. In addition, there are many times, where I’ve had to surf and sift my way through the internet to try and find true feedback from locals about their team home. They not only provide valuable information on key review aspects, but also can help as I plan a trip in regards to restaurants, parking, parts of a city to visit/avoid, getting tickets, etc. I’m hoping both stadium lovers and general sports fans converge on these boards to get conversations going on the stadium experience. I’m truly excited for the new SJ website launch and you’ll see me active on the forums as sports traveler nuts now have an online social home!

 

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Musings

Posted by Sean Rowland on June 15, 2016

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Time for a round of Musings…this time, focusing on the world of sports watching not from a stadium perspective, but from the couch.
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– There will be a time when I get into talking about the best and worst announcers for each sport, so I will try not to digress. While some of the random mixing of announcer pairings for Tennis on ESPN annoys me, their coverage is far superior to the Tennis Channel / NBC and that was quite evident during the French Open. In the latter stages of the tournament, when I wanted to watch a much more compelling match, not only was there no online option to choose my match (well an online option without an extra fee), but I was stuck with TC’s full coverage of the nauseatingly boring Serena Williams match, which was a blow out. This is the time for that network to shine and it failed miserably. NBC’s normally terrific all-around sports coverage has it’s lone weak spot in Tennis with their often-ridiculed tape delay, despite the presence of NBCSN.
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– Fox Soccer…Holy crap are they awful and their winning of the World Cup broadcast rights makes me want to vomit. While they made strides in their Women’s World Cup coverage last year, the Copa has taken two steps back. I don’t have to watch any studio garbage, but what little bit I saw, it certainly made me avoid it at all costs. Lalas is being Lalas, but now we have Fernando Fiore. Yes, he has done soccer, but he also is more known as a TV entertainment guy, which is classic Fox to bring him in. He’s polarizing and you can put me this opinion’s corner. The good thing: no Wynalda. The actual game coverage has not been immune from errors and the most egregious is the failed sync of sound and video during the US-Columbia match, leading to the TV audience hearing Columbia score a goal 1 second before the ball went in. Could you imagine that happening in a World Cup?! But, I bring you back to what I wrote last year in that if it’s the World Cup, America still doesn’t really care. I will say that I really like John Strong and I think Stuart Holden has done very well thus far. Which brings me too…..
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– ESPN’s world soccer coverage is terrific and continues to be so. Everything with their Euro coverage is terrific and it starts with The General, Bob Ley. He is masterful as studio host and most of the other pundits are great as well. Tirico, for his short time left at ESPN, is a very solid #2. The only thing I would change, is get rid of the often snarky Taylor Twellman. He has no chemistry with the excellent Ian Darke and I am thrilled when I hear Macca paired up with him instead. A Holden for Twellman swap would be welcomed. Otherwise, great stuff from them and that music! Oh that theme gives me goosebumps when I hear it. It was one of my top TV theme songs and I often get memories of a celebrating US team post-match with that gradually crescendo-ing theme in the background. Glorious!
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– If I ever watch Final Round golf coverage of a non-major, it is often on DVR before I go to bed. This is the ONLY way to go if the event is on CBS because of the insane amount of commercials. How this topic has never been broached, I don’t know (well, I guess I do, it’s non-major golf!), but the next event, I am going to keep track of how many sets of commercials are run. My guess…12 separate sets at a total of 24 minutes. I’ll update after this happens.
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The Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues…Saving the Historic Ballpark

Posted by Sean Rowland on June 4, 2016

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Classic’s like Elmira’s Dunn Field continue to host baseball a few months a year thanks to leagues like the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL)

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We live in a time where the lifespan of a professional arena/stadium has become 25 years. Well, the lifespan in the eyes of a team owner as we all know these facilities can go on much, much longer. Places like the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Knights Stadium and Orlando Arena are just a few of the facilities meeting (or slating to meet) the wrecking ball after a short life. In baseball, specifically the minor-league world, the stadium boom of the 1990s meant that many of those wonderful early 20th century ballparks met their demise or sat empty as the team left a city for greener pastures. That is where Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues have come in and unintentionally saved these classic wonders.

So what is a collegiate league? The basis is on college players looking to play competitive baseball for the summer and after their school season is done, those with remaining eligibility join up with a summer-league team, where they play from Early June to Early August. Host families give the kids a place to live and all of the leagues feature teams that are a bus trip away. The most well known is the Cape Cod League, which has been featured in documentaries and movies. Many of those teams play on high school fields that are endearing, but of the most basic variety. The Northwoods League often has the biggest crowds and they are part of a growing trend that has seen new teams form in markets that recently lost pro baseball. Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Rockford are three recent examples. What this has done is keep perfectly functional ballparks alive and communities still enjoying a night out with America’s Pastime. In a similar manner, the Collegiate Leagues have saved the old ballparks. Take two of the teams in the Northwoods League: Duluth and Waterloo. Both were causalities of a changing era, especially Waterloo, who couldn’t meet new minor-league stadium standards. Instead of seeing Wade Stadium and Riverfront Stadium sit empty, the affordable-to-run summer league allowed for crowd-gathering baseball to continue in venerable facilities. These historic beauts feature that classic grandstand, obstruction poles and lack of luxury suites that make those that love baseball sit back and relax in a place that oozes pleasant memories. Inherently, those that love baseball, tend to love nostalgia and “pastime”, thus making the perseverance of a town relic all the more special. Plenty of other leagues aside from the Northwoods have great 60+ year old ballparks to share and a few examples include:

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Of all the sports, baseball is the one that draws the most travelers and road-trippers. They often focus on the minor-leagues, which is certainly all well and good. But I urge any out there to include the Collegiate Summer Leagues and make a stop at one of their local charming parks for a special night that often elicits feelings of yesteryear.

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Rockland’s Summer Home

Posted by Sean Rowland on May 24, 2016

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Amazingly. the streak of scheduled ballpark visits without an inclement weather postponement continues as the Rockland Boulders and Sussex County Miners got their game in ahead of the rain at Palisades Credit Union Park. Having a scheduled doubleheader and a 6:30 PM start helped as the 7th (last) inning featured everything getting wet. Having a scheduled doubleheader shows just how much sales & marketing controls lower-level baseball, though it is brilliant as the Boulders had their fireworks show between games. Less of that annoying game to be played on the field and an earlier start (8:30 – 9:00 PM) for the main show to bring out more of the younger ones. There was also a 5k going on that ended inside the park’s outfield walkway in the early innings. The Boulders really do a great job of being innovative and bringing people inside the doors. And it was a fine crowd for this second game of the season in mid-May. Upon arrival, I was taken aback by so many cars tailgating before the game. That’s something I haven’t seen for a minor or indy baseball game and it shows these fans make it an event. Given Rockland County’s demographics, it was no surprise to see the crowd made up of about 90% families with kids. As you would expect interest to the field was minimal and the concourses/other entertainment areas were consistently busy.

Despite all the corruption, money and subsequent debt that was the result of this ballpark, it is a great stadium from an aesthetic and hobbyist standpoint. The use of stone for many of the support and design pieces is an appreciated, yet natural touch given the nearby landscape. The exterior of the ballpark is a little odd and bare, but inside is terrific. Seats along the small, one-level bowl is angled towards the infield, while the specialty spaces that make the stadium standout. The Bridge Bar is a cool spot to watch the game and for adults to hang out in a bar-like atmosphere. Other outfield spots to watch the game make for a different perspective. A new thing to me are the loge areas framed by rock formations that are at the top of the seating bowl. I would assume this is cheaper than a suite and this exposed section still offers a private group a space to watch the game with food and drink (maybe this is why all but one of the above luxury level was empty). Great park and for more, check out the review: #171 Palisades Credit Union Park. The Boulders won the game easily 8-1 as they put up a four spot in both the third and fifth innings. Junior Arrojo had six RBI, which included a home run. Part two of the doubleheader was rained out.  

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