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NBT Bank Stadium

Syracuse, NY

Home of the Syracuse Chiefs

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3.5

NBT Bank Stadium (map it)
1 Tex Simone Dr
Syracuse, NY 13208


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Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 11,117

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Fans Bail on Bank

NBT Bank Stadium is an 11,117-seat minor league baseball stadium and home to the International League's Syracuse Chiefs. The stadium opened on April 10, 1997 as P&C Stadium replacing an aging MacArthur Stadium, which had been home to Syracuse's professional baseball team since 1934. It had also been previously named Alliance Bank Stadium. NBT Bank was designed by the world renowned architectural firm Populous, the group responsible for some of the most beautiful ballparks in the country, including Camden Yards, Petco Park and Yankee Stadium. The ballpark cost $28 million to complete. NBT Bank is an attractive two tiered facility with three levels of seating and offers 20 luxury suites along with the reservations-only Hank Sauer Room located in right field. This restaurant, named in honor of the long-time major leaguer and former Chief, also features a luxury bar, a party deck and is ideal for special group outings and celebrations.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

According to Chief's Stadium Food Services Manager Chris Coonrad, NBT Stadium food concessions offer up close to 40 'unique' or different ballpark menu items including poutine (a tasty Canadian dish of French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy) and Pop's Tots, named in honor of the Chief's engineer mascot Pops, a basket of Tater Tots topped with a Mexican-style queso cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon and chives. Prior to the start of the 2016 season the King of Beers, Anheuser-Busch, was dethroned by Coors as the stadiums official beer and most of their products, including Blue Moon, can be found at several beer stands throughout the park. Locally brewed Saranac products can also be found throughout.

Atmosphere    2

"In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't..." is a line from Major League, arguably one of the greatest sports movies to ever hit the big screen, in which Harry Doyle, played by legendary baseball announcer Bob Uecker, takes a jab at the Cleveland Indians attendance, or lack thereof. It is a scenario that is essentially played out continuously at this beautiful little ballpark.

Despite the best efforts of the on-field emcee, many of the fans here at NBT ballpark seem disinterested in the goings on here, and the atmosphere can hardly be considered electric.

In 2014, the Chiefs recorded the best record in the International League, but did so in front of anemic crowds and finished dead last in attendance with an average of 3,743 clearly disproving the old theory that winning brings out more fans.

Neighborhood    2

BNT Park is located in Syracuse's Northside, the cultural and historic-rich section of this central New York community with a population of 150,000 plus. However, unlike most cities' cultural and historic districts, there is just not much you can take away from this area, but there is a ton of potential.

Fans    2

Where have you gone, Stephen Strasburg

our ballpark turns its lonely eyes to you.

What's that you say,

Bryce Harper, too, has left and gone away

Boo, hoo, hoo

The two Major League stars had very brief stints with the Nationals' AAA affiliate a few seasons ago. When they were in Syracuse fans came out in droves to see them perform. It has been reported that the four games that Strasburg threw at NBT Stadium there were nearly 5,000 additional fans in attendance for each performance. The turnstiles have moved little since their departures and the Chiefs have been at the bottom, or very near it, in International League attendance figures for the past several seasons, this year (2016) being no different finishing 13th among the 14 members with an average of only 4,158 fans per contest.

Access    4

NBT Bank Stadium is very easily accessible off of Interstate 81 at exits 23 and 25, northbound and southbound respectively. There is ample parking available for $5 and it is quite easy to get in and out of prior to, during and following the game. With its spacious concourse, navigating the ballpark is extremely easy.

Return on Investment    3

We have determined the ROI to be positive, but the gains moderate at best, due to the fact that you need not apply for a loan in order to take a family out to the park. A night at NBT Bank Stadium is surprisingly very affordable. Premium Field Box seats located on the 100 level are a mere $12 in advance with $2 discounts available for military personnel, senior citizens or children. Upper Reserved tickets are available for only $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children and free of charge for military. Concessions pricing is very comparable, if not a bit favorable in comparison to other International League entrants.

Extras    2

Syracuse is remarkably rich with baseball history. The Chiefs were established in 1934, and the city has been represented in professional baseball since 1858. This is something that the Chiefs are seemingly proud of and have a wall of fame honoring over 100 of the most significant contributors to this storied past. The Wall of Fame was first established in 1998 in conjunction with the 140th anniversary of the first organized baseball team in Syracuse. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the project and its annual induction celebrations were halted for two seasons, but it returned in 2016.

In 2012 NBT Bank Stadium added a new video scoreboard in left-center field measuring 30' X 55' and features an LED high definition display making it one of the largest of its kind in minor league baseball.

Final Thoughts

The Chiefs are under fairly new management and third year General Manager Jason Smorol has very high hopes in turning this organization around and trying to get back to the Strasburg days at NBT Bank Stadium. Until that happens, this lonely ballpark remains a snoozer.

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1. NBT Stadium is NOT located in North Syracuse. It is located inside the city limits of Syracuse, albeit on the city's North Side.
2. The expansion at Destiny USA was completed and open for business at least two years ago.
3. There was a complete change in management in late 2013. Tex Simone relinquished his role, and his son, John, was relieved on his duties as well. (I salute the Simons for their service and their role in keeping baseball in Syracuse. Tex's daughter Wendy, who also was replaced, was instrumental in proper recognition of military personnel, both at the park and in the community).
4. How could you claim to have visited the stadium without once mentioning one of the best known hecklers in the minor leagues, namely "Suspect?"
5. I would strongly suggest a return visit to NBT Bank Stadium in the 2015 season and another look at the facility and ambience. On the occasion of a couple of visits during the 2014 season, I was impressed with the fan-friendly atmosphere as well as the increased enthusiasm of the fans.

by TucsonDave | Oct 16, 2014 03:00 PM

You need to come back.

This article is way outdated. Things have changed throughout the ballpark. Especially the concessions to the fan experience. A party deck was added in right field towards the end of the 2015 season. I would suggest you come back. Attendance hasnt changed much though

by Mike890421 | Jun 14, 2016 11:32 AM

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Crowd Reviews

NBT Bank Stadium & the Syracuse Chiefs

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Along a 150-mile stretch in Upstate New York are three cities that make up half of the North Division in the AAA International League. The Eastern-most city is Syracuse and professional baseball has been played here since 1877. The Chiefs have been around since 1934 and after spending many decades at venerable MacArthur Stadium, they moved just a short walk over to NBT Bank Stadium (originally P&C Stadium, and later Alliance Bank Stadium) in 1997. Chiefs fans are hoping their recent affiliation change to Washington will bring them their first championship since the mid 70s.

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Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I enjoyed my visit to nbt stadium with my wife.

Nothing too Memorable Here

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

If you have ever visited Harbor Park in Norfolk, Syracuse's ballpark may look familiar to you. It's almost a carbon copy of the park in Norfolk. The park is decent, but there isn't a whole lot here to make it memorable.

Bonus way to see Strasburg pitch

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I was headed to this park anyhow, but was delighted to see a big name here on rehab. The park is in good shape in may ways. The entrance was nicely landscaped, the field looked great, and there is a good chance of getting great seats on the day of the game (given that there are so many in the large park.) The food and beer choices were good but not wildly exceptional; no complaint there. The fans were excited (especially once the beer kicked in) and the heckler mentioned previously was in full form. Very fun. The between-inning games were fun and plentiful.

On the down side, there is an abundance of dingy concrete in the overhangs which gives somewhat of an East Bloc feel, though given the post-industrial decay that is the neighborhood it fits. The outfield ends in a thicket of weeds and overgrown shrubs before the railroad tracks. (Though ten trains during the game was a plus!) There is no cheap-seats lawn area and no way to walk a 360 around the park. Nothing fatal.

This park is a good experience and worth a visit. As the man with the big voice says, "Get on board with your Syracuse Chiefs!"

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