Russell Diethrick Park
Jamestown, New York
Year Opened
1941

Current Team
Jamestown Jammers

Affiliate
Pittsburgh Pirates

League
New York-Penn League

Capacity
3,300

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My Grades
Stadium B Atmosphere A- Concessions C+

Photos taken in 2006
Previously know as College Stadium, this park was renamed before the 1999 season in honor of the long time Parks and Recreation director. Having one of the older parks in the league, Jamestown doesn't figure to have long future with affiliated minor league baseball, but ownership has shown a commitment to the city, so perhaps the team will stick around for a while longer. Despite its age, I really enjoyed my visit here. The park features a covered grandstand behind home plate and bleacher sections down both baselines. There are only a couple rows of box seats, but all the benches have backs, so the seating is comfortable enough. The concourse area is located behind the seating sections, but only features a couple of concession stands and a small team store built into the back of the main grandstand. Renovations in '01 added all new seating and for '06 a new scoreboard and sound system were installed. While attendance isn't great (at least compared to many of the other NY Penn League teams), the fans seem enthusiastic and there is a community feel that you don't get at most of the new, suburban parks. The team does the usual on field promotions and has a mascot (Bubba Grape), but overall it's a very relaxed atmosphere. The unpolished PA announcer adds some more character to the park. About the only complaint I have here is with the concessions. The variety is weak (only the usual ballpark fare) and the quality isn't too good. But at least the prices are relatively cheap. This type of park is disappearing quickly in the minor leagues, so hopefully Jamestown can hold on to their team for a few more years.
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