Hunnicutt Field
Princeton, West Virginia
Year Opened
1988

Current Team
Princeton Devil Rays

Affiliate
Tampa Bay Rays

League
Appalachian League

Capacity
3,000

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My Grades
Stadium C+ Atmosphere A- Concessions B

Photos taken in 2007
Hunnicutt Field, like most of the ballparks in the Appalachian League, is a funky and unique place to take in a ballgame. It has its drawbacks, but that's to be expected for a rookie league park. The ballpark originally opened in 1988, but underwent extensive renovations in the late 1990's. At that time, the new metal grandstand was constructed. It features just a couple hundred chair back seats and the rest is bleacher seating (without backs). The grandstand is raised about 8 feet above the playing field, which is not a huge problem, but what is a problem is the thick netting. This obscures the views from all the good seats in the ballpark. The uncovered concourse area is located behind the first base grandstand. There is just one main concession stand, though the array of concessions is pretty good for such a small-time operation. Burgers, cheese steaks, bbq sandwiches, and shakes are some of the unique food items offered. The quality of concessions is average, but prices are definitely on the cheap side. A small picnic area is located underneath the grandstand behind home plate, though it does provide a view of the game from field level. Princeton is one of the smallest towns in the country to host professional baseball, so it is no surprise that the crowd is full of regulars who provide some local color. These hardcore fans perform lots of unique chants during the game. The team also does a few between inning games (dizzy, race the mascot, spin the wheel, etc.), but certainly don't get as carried away with them as some teams do. They also have a mascot, Rosco the Rooster, who is quite active. And he actually talks ! Why is it that most mascots can't talk when the most famous one of all, the San Diego Chicken, can talk ? Hunnicutt Field is located in a commercial section of town, adjacent to a football stadium and some fast food joints. Parking is free in the lot behind the outfield fence. This is probably not one of favorites among the Appy League parks, but it is still fun to go to a ballpark where the focus is still on baseball and the fans just come to watch the game. It is this type of experience that is becoming extinct in the higher levels of the minor leagues.
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