Watt Powell Park
Charleston, West Virginia
Year Opened
1948

Current Team
None

Affiliate
N/A

League
N/A

Capacity
7,000

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My Grades
Stadium B- Atmosphere C Concessions C

Photos taken in 2001
Usually I am in favor of preserving older ballparks, especially those with a covered grandstand, like Watt Powell Park has. But for some reason, this park lacks any charm that many similar parks have. Maybe its the poor attendance or maybe its the two funky new buildings that were constructed or maybe its the fact that this place just seems like its falling apart. Whatever it was, this is one city that I wouldn't mind see getting a new park. Set a short distance from the actual downtown, the park has a rather serene setting as a large hill covered with trees rises behind the outfield fence. Fans enter into a rather roomy concourse area where concession stands and a small souvenir stand are located. Picnic areas are located down both foul lines. Concessions here are quite limited, though reasonable in price. Most of the seating is fold down chairs, with just one bleacher section down the left field line. Several rows of seating under the grandstand were covered with a tarp, presumably because they were broken. One unpleasant aspect here - they allow smoking in the seating areas. While Watt Powell Park could probably be a better place with some renovations, its evident that the current owners are doing very minimal upkeep on the park. It certainly could be a pleasant enough place to see a game, but right now is lacking any of that old time charm that you'd expect from a 50 year old park. A new downtown ballpark opened in 2005 to replace Watt Powell. As of Novemeber 2005, Watt Powell Park had seen its final game and demolition had begun.
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