• Goags20172
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    I thought it might be fun to share photos of some of the college ballparks I've seen (other than UCD or Sac State's). If anyone has any they'd like to share please feel free.
  • BlueGoldAg
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    Whose ballpark is this one?
  • Goags20172
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    University of New Mexico used to play here. Now they have their own field across the parking lot
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  • Goags20172
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    Memorial Stadium in Garden City, ID. Boise State will play here in 2020.
  • BlueGoldAg
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    Pretty nice stadium.
  • Goags20172
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    My seats were excellent. And cheap for the best seats in the house at a pro game ($17). The Boise Hawks (Rockies) were playing the Eugene Emeralds (Cubs)

    The level of play in the short- season Northwest League seems to be a little above college. Boise had two infielders who were only 18.

    There are three inter- connected metal grandstands, but it became somewhat of a concern when lightning struck nearby. The sky turned purple at one point. Not much in the way of concessions, but at least they're cheap. The park was built next to the county fairgrounds sometime in the 1980's
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    University of Washington. I didn't get inside the park because it was September.x5hm39j0edm780fg.jpg
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    Cal- notice the uncomfortable seating.In the last picture the on deck batter is current White Sox prospect Andrew Vaughn. They were playing USC

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  • Goags20172
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    San Jose State shares Excite Ballpark. The San Jose Giants were playing the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks).x2botk1yn3cffy4j.jpg
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  • Goags20172
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    I've also been to SDSU's ballpark (photo came out lousy- do have campus photos). Also have visited University of San Diego (campus photos but couldn't find the ballpark + was exhausted from walking up the steep hill to campus) and Seattle U (ballpark is 15 miles away in Bellevue).

    I tell you what though- I barely saw any overweight students at USD. Walking up and down that hill everyday must be tremendous exercise. There's an even steeper walking path behind the soccer practice field. Kind of appropriate the baketball teams play in a gym named after Jenny Craig.
  • BlueGoldAg
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    Yikes, lightening and metal seat would make for an electric chair experience!
  • Goags20172
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    They wound up completing the game after a 30 min delay. By then I was already in a cab. Some people just found a safe place to stand although it was pouring. A guy from my hotel was a mong them
  • BaseballAtDobbins
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    I actually like Cal's baseball stadium. Went there once for an Ags game in Berkeley. It was on a Friday so I coupled it witha trip home to the East Bay. I didn't care for those little bleachers, but I really liked the intimacy...I imagine that must have been similar to the jewel box parks of the early 1900's because it is a small park squeezed up against their gym and other buildings.

    I've also been to SMC's baseball field because my brother's HS team played a game there. It's a small cozy field.
  • Goags20172
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    Apparently I have these pictures scattered through different files, which is why I couldn't find them. Included a shot of the seats behind home plate and pressbox at Schott Stadium, a distant shot of Peecole Park (Nevada) and one of front of Husky Ballpark.
  • Goags20172
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    CAL has a great baseball atmosphere. The fans are really into it. If I had one criticism of a lot of UCD baseball fans in general at the games I've attended it's that they're primarily there to socialize. They pay attention when their kid's up but the rest of the time the visiting fans are louder.
    Still better than a community college crowd though. Seems like all 82 people at those have a personal agenda, like they're all amateur scouts + think they know everything. To be fair I'm not that loud at UCD games either, except when I'm cussing at the umpire or heckling the opposing coach. That game 2 years ago against Northridge- they should've thrown me out of there ! I think it's perfectly fair to heckle people who are getting paid to publicly mess up.

    Absolutely no reason to buy more than a snack or drink at CAL- ridiculous prices. Berkeley has its own version of the Hotdogger right down the street from the ballpark.

    Santa Clara has a cool little park too, courtesy of Steve Schott's checkbook. All good seats, even the bleachers. The thing to watch out for are the very snotty, entitled fans. The closer seats are $10 and they're assigned. Don't tell that to the regulars. They get really pissy if you ask them to get their crap off of the seat you paid for. "Oh we just sit wherever we want..." Also the travelling fans were not so classy when they made their way to Sacramento. Otherwise, it's a pretty nice experience. With the surrounding neighborhood + the SWAG they hand out at the gate you get to feel wealthy for a little bit. I seriously have half a dozen SCU baseball magnets on my refrigerator. You know how many I have from UCD ? One, and it's from the Alumni Association, so that technically isn't SWAG.

    I've also seen University of Portland's park- Joe Etzel Field. Very nice- looking but it has a curious feature- a grass berm seating area. Now how often do you suppose that's a viable seating option from Feb- May given what we know about Portland weather ? Maybe 12- 15 games ?

    I've seen a game in Arizona State's stadium + I've been to ASU, but I haven't seen an ASU game. This is because I saw a Spring Training game there between the A's and Giants a few years before the Sun Devils took it over. The Giants won. Fittingly it was Barry Zito getting the win. Great scenic location. Apparently Phoenix Muni was kind a dump when the A's were, but ASU put serious money into improving it. Arizona State has a pretty neat campus. Lots of very millennial- appropriate hip shops + food places right at the edge. And people don't often mention the Phoenix area's public transit, but you can take lightrail right there. As soon as you step out you're greeted by cacti and Sun Devil Stadium + the Wells Fargo Arena a few steps away.

    This year I think I'll try Stanford and/or USF, and possibly UNC Charlotte. The problem with USF is that I think it's a waste to visit SF without seeing a Giants game, but for the last few years it's also been a waste of a trip to see a Giants game so it's kind of pointless to visit SF altogether :(

    I included a picture of University of San Diego's entrance. Steeper than it looks !

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  • BaseballAtDobbins
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    I love the photos! Please keep em coming. I no longer live close enough to Dobbins. But, I love baseball more than almost anything else, so I enjoy these photos. All the more in the offseason.
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