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Official Review by Aaron S. Terry, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
American Legion Memorial Post 325 Field, colloquially known as Legion Field, opened in 1993 when the Pulaski Braves moved to town. Located inside Dan Daniel Memorial Park, just north of the Dan River, the stadium is literally a stone’s throw from the North Carolina border. The venue holds 2,588, and is currently home to the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.
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Legion Field offers pretty standard ballpark fare at reasonable prices, with one main stand under the bleachers, and a smaller stand near the entrance that sells Sno-Cones.
Main dishes cost $3 to $5 each, and include Chick-fil-A sandwiches, barbecue, chicken tenders, hamburgers, bologna burgers, hot dogs, and corn dogs. Side dishes run $2.50 to $4, with offerings such as fries, pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, while sweet items include funnel cakes, Skittles, Snickers, Cracker Jack, and Sno-Cones for $1.50 and up, or Blow Pops for 25 cents each.
Drink options include Coke products from the fountain, or lemonade, limeade, or chocolate milk ($2 to $4). Alcohol options are more varied, with six domestic varieties (Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, and Yuengling), as well as craft beers on tap - prices range from $4 to $6.
Mondays are dollar hot dog nights, and the park offers drink specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Legion Field provides a fairly typical game day experience, but offers a few unique highlights.
The best thing about Legion Field is the Blue Reserved section - this section is covered, features chair back seats with cupholders, has ceiling fans to help keep you cool, and even has wait staff to take your order and bring you food and drinks during the game. This section is located behind home plate, and sits higher than any other - in an interesting aesthetic, the stands seem to very slowly decrease in height as you move from home plate toward first and third bases. The Blue Reserved section costs a little more, but is worthwhile unless you have a large crowd. Hold on, now -- did you say wait staff? Check out the video:
Besides the typical fan interactions (such as the mascot Blooper racing kids around the bases), Legion Field offers bingo at every game. For 50 cents, you can purchase a sheet of three cards from the team store - numbers are called out randomly during the game, and fans can win prizes. There are also posters of former players all over the stadium, which adds a nice bit of history.
Legion Field is located inside a city park (just off the Danville Expressway), so there isn't much in the immediate vicinity except the park itself.
There are plenty of restaurants in Danville proper, though these are mostly fast food and local places. However, there are a couple of chains, such as Outback Steakhouse and Buffalo Wild Wings, that would make a good pre or postgame hangout. There are also plenty of hotels - there are several local options near the field, as well as a Courtyard and a Super 8.
The best attraction in Danville is probably the AAF tank museum, which even features battle-captured Russian tanks from the actions in Iraq. The museum also hosts annual mock WWII battles using remote-controlled tanks. Note that the museum is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4.
Fans at Legion Field cheer at the right times, and keep their ears open for the bingo numbers. There is also a good amount of music played to keep fans engaged.
Average attendance at Legion Field ranges from 1,000 to about 1,100 - the stadium is much closer to capacity on weekends, so has a lot more energy on Fridays and Saturdays than other days. As with most minor league parks, not a lot of fans wear gear, which is sold on-site (from a stand near the entrance).
Legion Field is very easy to get to, since it is right off the Danville Expressway, about half a mile inside Dan Daniel Memorial Park. There are no signs for the stadium itself, but there are signs pointing the way to the park.
Parking is free right outside the stadium, and there are more than enough lots dotted around the park to accommodate the crowd. There is only one entrance into the stadium, but the lines move fairly quickly.
The "concourse" is just an open area next to the different buildings (bathrooms, concessions, etc.) and thus is easy to get around, since there are no walls or fences boxing you in. The concessions are right underneath the main bank of seats, and there are several sets of bathrooms, so you will have no problem finding what you need.
A visit to Legion Field is well worth the price, with free parking, reasonable concessions, and fair ticket prices.
Tickets are $8 for Blue Reserved and $6 for everything else ($5 for youth and seniors). The extra $2 is worth it, as long as you aren't buying for 20 people, but if you really want to save money, there is usually extra room in the Blue Reserved section, so you could pay the lower price and sneak in.
One point for the wait staff in the Blue Reserved section, and a second point for the ceiling fans there.
A third point for the bingo, which is a unique element.
If you come to Legion Field, I would definitely try to come on the weekend when the crowd is larger and the tank museum is open, because it is an attraction well worth seeing. I would also take advantage of the Blue Reserved section, if only for the wait staff - how often do you have a chance to get pampered at a ball game, without having to pay club seat prices?
Member Review by bullock0404 on Aug 27, 2012
American Legion Field is home to the Advanced Rookie League Danville Braves. The ‘D-Braves’ play in the Eastern Division of the 10 team Appalachian League. The stadium has been home to the Braves since 1993 and seats approximately 2,600 fans. Sections located behind home plate are considered Reserved and are covered, while aluminum bench seating running up the 1st and 3rd base sides are General Admission.
After relocating from Pulaski, VA in 1993, the D-Braves have won 2 Appalachian League championships (2006, 2009). Rookie league seasons are shorter than the typical minor league with play starting in mid-June and running through the end of August. Current major league stars that started their journey to the major leagues in Danville include Jason Heyward, Adam Wainwright, Adam LaRoche, Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur.
Member Review by sportsroadtrips on Aug 25, 2015
Another simple Appy League field. Easy to get to, beautiful surroundings, a few touches like a mural. I saw a morning game so fans were few and far between, but the shading was much appreciated. Bingo cards are 50 cents for a sheet of 3 and fun to play.
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