|Victory Field has to be
one of the finest of the new ballparks in the country. Nestled in the downtown,
it has a great backdrop of tall buildings in center field and the RCA Dome
in right field. The main entrance to the park is located in center field
making it a unique park from the moment you step foot in it. A concourse
runs 360 degrees around the stadium, and is covered where the seating sections
are, similar to new parks in Norfolk and Syracuse. There is an upper deck
that runs down both lines, and that feels surprisingly close to the field.
Also, there is a grassy berm in the outfield extending from foul pole to
foul pole providing more seating. The concourse area consists of a good
variety of food offerings, as well as a couple of souvenir stands, and
a nice gift shop. Though the prices were at the major league level (if
not higher) for most food. A large modern scoreboard is located in right
field, which makes it a little difficult to see for those along the first
base line. I wish it were located more towards center field. Without any
auxiliary scoreboards, it becomes a pain to constantly turn your head to
see the count. Hopefully they will consider putting in a couple small scoreboards
at some point. Between inning promotions were limited, but a mascot was
also on hand to entertain and throw things into the stands. His name is
Rowdie, but nobody seems to know what he is - it's certainly not an Indian.
Of the new ballparks I've been to, Victory Field is certainly one of the best.