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Official Review by Andrew Kulyk, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The entrance of the UB Bulls baseball program into the Mid American Conference meant having to provide at least a semblance of a suitable venue to stage games in. So in 2000 work began on a baseball pitch adjacent to the college’s North Campus, and the team began Division One play there in May of 2001. Infrastructure improvements to the field, including drainage and a new outfield wall, were added in time for the 2003 season.
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There are no concession stands or food items sold at Amherst Audubon Field.
If you're into joining another 30 or so friends and family sitting on metal risers and watching the game go on in a setting one notch close to little league, then this is the place for you. Fans can also bring their own folding chairs and take a perch along the baseline fences and watch the action if those metal benches aren't to your liking. There is a small dot matrix scoreboard on the right field wall, and they do have a public address announcer calling players names, and music bumps are played on the sound system between innings.
The field isn't even on the campus itself, but rather across the street from the UB north campus. Beyond the outfield wall is a full view of the school's football venue, UB Stadium, and basketball venue, Alumni Arena. But the sprawling campus is very pedestrian unfriendly, meaning that students would be better suited actually driving to the field, rather than risking crossing over Millersport Highway by foot, a speedy divided highway with a sketchy pedestrian crossing onto the field's grounds.
Next door is the Northtown Center, a community hockey rink which at least offers restrooms for patrons attending the baseball game.
Offerings in the neighborhood include Zetti's Pizza on Maple Road. The Amherst Ale House on North French is a superb sports bar in a great setting.
The 30 or so who actually show up to watch the games? Guess you can call them die hards.
Vehicular access is off of Millersport Highway and onto the Northtown Center parking lot. The field is directly to the left as you pull into the lot. Public transportation is not an option; it is best to drive over from the campus itself onto the field's property rather than to attempt walking.
Admission is free. Parking is free. What's not to like about free? Division 1 baseball in a little league setting with no ambiance, atmosphere, game presentation or excitement, that's what.
There is nothing at Amherst Audubon Field that can be considered "extra." This is as bare bones as a game day experience can get.
NCAA college baseball is replete with dynamic programs, super facilities, and storied moments and history. UB college baseball takes a back seat to their more popular football and basketball programs. If you are really hungry for a live baseball experience then give it a try. Otherwise, there are plenty of minor league options in the region that will give a better deal.
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