I made my first visit to the Birmingham Barons‘ new stadium (Regions Field) today. I had heard and read a lot of good things and am happy to say that I was not disappointed.
There’s a pretty good review here so I won’t repeat all of the details, but will just list some thoughts I had.
- I really like the fact that you can walk all the way around the field. (In the old stadium in Hoover, you couldn’t get behind the outfield.) We sat in a grassy area in center field for several innings and I really enjoyed that vantage point.
- There are a lot of picnic tables.
- I wasn’t sure what to expect with regard to parking, but it was no problem. We paid $5 to park in a lot at 14th Street and 1st Avenue North (just north of the ballpark after going through the tunnel under the train tracks). There were many shuttles (golf carts with 3 rows of seats like you see in airports) to take us from there to the stadium entrance. It would have been an easy walk, but one member of our group doesn’t get around very well, so this was very nice. These shuttles run continuously during the game. The shuttles are free, but there is a sign that says “we work for tips”.
- It’s cool that you can look down into the bullpens from the outfield and watch the pitchers warming up.
- There was a good selection of food. In addition to the expected hot dogs, french fries, popcorn, etc., I saw signs for burritos, tacos, and Philly cheesesteaks. I went with the Dreamland BBQ nachos (which were great, if you’re into that sort of thing like I am).
A couple of weeks ago, I ate at the new Todd English P.U.B. in the entertainment district before seeing Jerry Seinfeld at BJCC and it was also a very good experience. Between that and the new ballpark – I’m cautiously optimistic about downtown Birmingham.