Santander Stadium
York, Pennsylvania
Year Opened
2007

Current Team
York Revolution

Affiliate
None

League
Atlantic League

Capacity
5,200

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My Grades
Stadium A- Atmosphere C+ Concessions B-

Photos taken in 2012
After many years of discussion, a new ballpark finally opened in York in 2007. However, it was a month late in opening and parts of it remained unfinished throughout the inaugural season. Located just north of the downtown, the ballpark was squeezed into a city block so has a rather small footprint. Parking can be found in various small lots, both north and south of the ballpark, for $3 - $5. The exterior of the stadium is done in the familiar red brick and features a large plaza named after Brooks Robinson. Inside, the structure of the ballpark is very similar to all the rest of the Atlantic League ballparks, especially that of Lancaster's Clipper Magazine Stadium which almost feels like an identical twin. The most unique aspect of the ballpark is the "Green Monster" lookalike in left field, known as the "Arch Nemesis" (because it is adjacent to Arch Street). I don't mind them putting up a big wall, but couldn't they be a bit more original ? Why does it have to be green and have a manual scoreboard just like the one at Fenway ? Next to the "Arch Nemesis" is a huge play area for the kids, complete with a carousel. The concourse around the infield is a bit narrow, which is especially annoying on nights when there are large crowds. Seating is all fold down chairs, but the sightlines are rather poor for a new ballpark. For some reason, the architect decided to angle the seats down the lines towards the infield. This causes one of the outfield corners to be obscured for almost all fans. There is also a large picnic area in the RF corner and a berm (no grass yet) behind the right field fence. A small team store is located behind home plate, but seemed to be a bit messy. Concession choices include Italian sausages, pizza, burgers, and funnel cakes besides the normal ballpark fare. Prices and quality were about average. Just one complaint about the concessions - there doesn't seem to be enough stands as lines tend to be very long on nights when here are large crowds. As with many newer ballparks, the atmosphere is a bit over the top. There was constant sound effects while the home team was batting, which was very annoying. Some between inning games were done, but they were all the ordinary ones you'd expect to see. The team does have a mascot, but he wasn't seen much. The most amusing thing for me was watching the fans do the wave in the bottom of 9th inning while the Revolution were in the middle of the rally ! Could the fans have been that bored ? Just odd. While Santander Stadium is a fine ballpark, the overall atmosphere is a bit too crazy for my liking and it just feels too much like a copycat of the nearby Lancaster ballpark. Still, it fits in well with the rest of the Atlantic League ballparks.
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