Alan McCullock Field at Herndon High School (map it)
700 Bennett Street
Herndon, VA 20170
Year Opened: 1967
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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The FCA Herndon Braves, along with the Niagara Power of Niagara Falls, NY and the Southern Cal Catch represents the organization in three different collegiate summer leagues. The Braves state that their goal as a team is a way "... to provide opportunities for furthering baseball skills and abilities of college players while also emphasizing the importance of character, integrity, and excellence in baseball and in the community. The core objective of these teams is to provide college baseball players and coaches the opportunity to exercise and to grow in their faith on and off the diamond. In addition to playing games before hometown crowds throughout June and July, small group Bible studies and daily chapel speakers prepare and build players and coaches for the game of life from a Biblical perspective. The platform players have allows them to share their faith at youth camps, clinics, with visiting teams after home games, and in church services on Sundays...."
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League began in 2005 and the name honors both Cal Ripken Senior and Junior. The wood bat league is part of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, the same sanctioning body as the Cape Cod and New England Collegiate Baseball Leagues.
Alan McCullock Field is located at Herndon High School in Herndon, VA. In 2009 Herndon High School field named the baseball field for longtime baseball coach Alan McCullock. Interestingly enough, in 1984 Falls Church High named their field for McCullock’s father Al. That means that in Northern Virginia there are two McCullock Field’s just a few miles apart.
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There is a very small, simple concession stand located near the entrance and between the baseball and football stadiums for the high school. There is not much more than drinks, hot dogs and pre-packaged ice cream treats.
You may be watching a pretty decent level of college players, but you are still watching them play on a high school baseball field.
A medium sized metal bleacher is set up on the third base/home team side of the field. There are a couple of smaller metal stands on the visitors side. You can also watch the game from down the first base foul line. That is pretty much it. The field is in good shape, although the outfield has an obvious area that is sunken down a bit.
You are in the fast paced Washington DC suburbs, but at least Herndon itself resembles a small town. There is not much near the stadium except for housing subdivisions. And you are too far from the rest of DC to likely see the sights there on the same trip. The one exception may be the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles airport. It is an annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This 760,000-square-foot facility holds a dizzying amount of planes and other aircraft memorabilia.
Best bet for pre and post game food and drinks is Jimmy's Old Town Tavern. This local haunt is run by a Buffalo, NY native so expect some really good and crispy buffalo wings. You may also see the owner, Jimmy, himself getting on the microphone and talking to the crowd. It is a pretty fun place.
The crowds are small but seem to enjoy the game. It is mainly family and friends of the players with a few interested locals thrown in. If you have been to a college baseball stadium in the northeastern part of the United States you will see a pretty comparable crowd here.
Located in the busy DC suburbs, the fields at Herndon High School are pretty easy to find. Parking is found in the back of the high school.
Dranesville Road is the largest road to the stadium and is found pretty easily in between Leesburg Pike and Elden Street. The Dulles Toll Road is likely the way you will find the field if coming from afar.
This is where it gets slightly confusing. According to the team's website ticket prices are $5 for adults with kids getting in for $2. But I walked right in without paying and there was no one setup to possibly even take tickets. Maybe it was because the fields of the high school are also open for soccer, track, ultimate frisbee and a million other things so charging may be difficult. Or maybe they only charge for certain games. Even if you had to pay that small price the value is very sound.
I really liked the old style press box that sits beyond home plate. It makes watching a game here seem very cozy and enjoyable.
I like the stadium a lot but there really is not much else in terms of extras.
Alan McCullock Field at Herndon High School is an enjoyable place to watch a decent summer collegiate baseball. Nothing will wow you much, but the overall enjoyment is very good.
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