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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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