I know I've mentioned before that I live approximately eight minutes away from New Britain stadium, home of the New Britain Rock cats.
Every year they hold a fanfest type of event, that allows fans to come by and check out the stadium, enter raffles and giveaways, buy season tickets and such. Local charities give stuff away for donations and get their cause out to the people. There's a bunch of things for the kids to do like face painting, games and mascot meet and greets. They give stadium tours too, which is why we went. Oh, and free all you can eat hot dogs too. Nothin' beats a good dog at the ball park. I took some pictures, check them out.
The front of the stadium:
Here is the view from the seats:
The view from the announcer's booth:
The device for the scoreboard:
This was just too neat not to snap a picture of:
In the announcer's office:
In the clubhouse:
A few more:
This is the coach's office:
The field view from the dugout:
The dugout bench:
Helmet and bat holders in the dugout:
Overall it was a great time. Being that it was my first time in the depths of the stadium and not just in the seats, I was really in awe of everything. Sure it's just minor league baseball but this is where the dream really begins for these guys. They had three call ups last season (Joe Benson, Liam Hendricks and Chris Parmlee), which they mentioned during the tour. They also mentioned a few times about David Ortiz, as if thats a surprise seeing as he's so popular on the Sox. Makes sense though. I had a great time and gave a donation to one of the local charities, which were giving away a voucher for two tickets at the home opener, on April 5th.
I can't wait.