Louisville Slugger Field
Louisville, Kentucky
Year Opened
2000

Current Team
Louisville River Bats

Affiliate
Cincinnati Reds

League
International League

Capacity
12,000

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My Grades
Stadium A- Atmosphere B- Concessions B+

Photos taken in 2000 & 2001
Louisville Slugger Field is certainly one of the finest new minor league ballparks, though it is still not completely finished as of July '01. The park is set in the downtown, though the backdrop is not that scenic - only a bridge can be seen in the distance, and there is no view of the city skyline. Most of the seating is pretty close to the field as there is only a small upper deck - certainly not as big as the upper decks in Norfolk and Syracuse. Fans can get to the upper deck, though ushers seemed somewhat unwilling to let fans in the section directly behind home plate - presumably because there are special club level seats. The concourse runs completely around the inside of the park which is a nice touch that many new parks have added. It features numerous concession stands, but nothing out of the ordinary in terms of food options. A nice souvenir store is also located off the concourse behind home plate. The park was tucked in next to a large building which is currently being incorporated into the structure. Part of the the building is being used for ticket windows and a special events area. The other part is supposed to be made into two restaurants, but as of the summer of '01, it remained just an empty shell. The main entrance is located inside the building, which makes for a rather strange entrance into the ballpark. As with most Triple-A parks, on field promotions were non-existent. My biggest complaint with the park is the poor sound system. Sitting on the third base side, the PA system could not be heard very well. It seemed to be loud enough, but the acoustics are horrible. This is inexcusable at such a new park. Parking is quite plentiful despite the downtown location. Louisville Slugger Field doesn't break any new ground among modern ballparks, but is just a clean, comfortable place to see a game.
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