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AT&T Field

Chattanooga, TN

Home of the Chattanooga Lookouts

3.7

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AT&T Field (map it)
201 Power Alley
Chattanooga, TN 37402


Chattanooga Lookouts website

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Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 6,160

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If there was ever a perfect location for a minor league ballpark, AT&T Field in Chattanooga may be one of the better spots. The home of the Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts sits on top Hawk Hill overlooking downtown and Lookout Mountain in the distance.

The ballpark opened in 2000 and replaced the iconic and historic Engel Stadium that housed the Lookouts since 1930. The new ballpark was privately financed by the team at a cost of $10.2 million. Capacity is set for 6, 232 with the majority of the seating area located on the first base side creating a nontraditional configuration.

AT&T Field does not feature a fancy main entrance and it's made up of a visible brick wall, concrete, and steel frame work. However, what it lacks in aesthetics makes up for in views and location. Downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding valley are visible creating beautiful scenery entering the ballpark.

3.7

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

The ballpark has all the basics when it comes to food and a few highlights that should please all in attendance. There is a concession area serving Mexican cuisine, cheese steaks, local craft beer and ice cream, and vegetarian options. The majority of the concession stands are situated underneath the grandstand inside the main concourse making it easy to locate.

The Entree Stand offers hot dogs, jumbo dogs, bratwurst, and pizza, but provides choices on the lighter side including chicken fajita wraps, veggie dogs, and veggie wraps. The Snack Entree offers nachos, chili-cheese nachos, peanuts, jumbo pretzels, popcorn, and hummus and chips. You can wash them down with Coca-Cola and Budweiser products.

Customers can also enjoy burritos, loaded nachos, beef tacos, and top n' go Fritos at the Mexican Stand or cheesesteaks, Italian sausages, sliders, or jalapeno cheddar dogs at the Lookouts Grill Stand. For dessert, enjoy local Mayfield Ice Creamier and its six varieties on the third base line of the concourse.

The beer selection is rather impressive and inexpensive at the same time. The Lookouts sell domestic drafts at $4.25 (16 oz.), $5 (20 oz.); these include Budweiser, Coors, and Yuengling. Premium drafts of Big River beer costs a mere 50 cents more per cup. However, there are more craft beer options from Sweetwater, Good People, Wiseacre, Highland, Bells, and Lagunitas. The majority of these prices per pint are a reasonable $6.

Atmosphere    3

The majority of the seats are located down the first base and right field line, while a covered picnic pavilion hugs the left field corner. The seating is broken into two sections that is served by a middle concourse. The upper tier features padded bleacher seating and is partially shaded by a roof and features giant fans that are welcoming during hot summer nights, while the lower tier features wide and comfortable theater style plastic seats.

The open-air elevated concourse also features a bridge on the third baseline that houses the Big River Beer Garden and the Bells Brewery Party Deck. The Little Debbie Family Section prohibits alcohol in the section and giant fans cool spectators off during hot summer nights. There is also a 42-foot high screen to protect foul balls from crashing into traffic on nearby US 27.

The official team mascots of Looie and Scrappy are friendly, lovable guys who parade around the stadium. A wooden version of Looie stands near in the main concourse just a few feet away from the nicely sized official team merchandise store. The Lookouts logo is one of the more popular designs in baseball and there is plenty of paraphernalia to choose from inside the store.

Neighborhood    5

AT&T is in an ideal spot in town perched up on Hawk's Hill blocks away from copious downtown destinations. The stadium also provides wonderful glimpses of the valley and mountains in the distance. The most popular spot is Lookout Mountain that includes the Incline Railway, Ruby Falls, and Rock City-bundle all packages and save on admission.

The Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Aquarium are ideal locations for the children, while the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum should capture the fancy of train lovers both young and old. The Hunter Museum of Art is perched on top of an 80-foot bluff and is accessible by a walking glass bridge. The Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge juts over the Tennessee River connecting downtown to the hip and historical Northshore section of town, while providing excellent photo opportunities.

There are many wonderful eateries in town and it can be hard to choose among the city's numerous choices. Public House and Champy's offer great Southern fare, while Maple Street Biscuit Company creates homestyle biscuit sandwiches. Hunton & Smith Brewing Company is highly recommended for quality beer and conversations.

Fans    3

The team has been attracting somewhere in the 3,500 range the past decade and have not seen any significant positive or negative spikes in recent seasons. The population that attends Lookout games are your usual group of fans enjoying a night of baseball.

Access    4

AT&T Field is relatively quite simple to get to for a baseball game. It is located off of the US 27 connector of I-24 in downtown Chattanooga. There are signs directing visitors to the ballpark and once inside, it is very easy to move around the inner main concourse and open-air seating section. Bathrooms, concessions, and other areas are clearly marked inside the facility.

Return on Investment    4

There are three price points for tickets for Lookouts game: $6 for General Admission ($4 for children and seniors), $7 for Upper Box Seat, and $9 for Lower Box Seats. Parking prices are $5 in the various city lots in town, while valet parking for handicap visitors are only $2. When you factor in the cost of admission, parking, and menu options, a Lookouts game is quite a bargain for baseball at the AA level.

Extras    3

AT&T Field has several items worth an extra mention.

Providing valet service for handicap parking directly in front of the stadium's entrance.

A replica Chattanooga Choo Choo that is behind the center field wall. It blows smoke and chugs away like the iconic train.

The proximity to almost everything in Chattanooga-downtown, Lookout Mountain, interstate, and Rock City.

Final Thoughts

AT&T Field feels like a much older ballpark; perhaps it is because ballpark designs and innovations have been occurring at such a rapid pace this century that it does not have the charm it once possessed. Fortunately, it can be a refreshing change of pace due to lower priced concessions, prime location, and a somewhat distinctive design.

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Crowd Reviews

Chattanooga Lookouts and AT&T Field

Total Score: 3.71

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

With a population of just under 175,000 Chattanooga is what I like to call a "little big town". Chattanooga is small enough to be inviting, and big enough to be exciting and interesting. It is located on the bend of the Tennessee River known as Moccasin Bend at the foot of Lookout Mountain between Nashville, and Atlanta in southeast Tennessee. Filled with interesting things to do and surrounded with history and scenic beauty, Chattanooga is a popular destination for tourists and travelers. Chattanooga, Tennessee is also home to the Los Angeles Dodgers' double-A Southern League affiliate called the Lookouts. The Chattanooga Lookouts were named after Lookout Mountain which towers over the city of Chattanooga.

The Lookouts, or the "Looks" as the team is sometimes called, date back to 1885 which makes the Chattanooga Lookouts one of the oldest minor league baseball teams in the south. Their new home at AT&T Field was constructed in 1999 to replace historic Engel Stadium which had served as the home field for the Lookouts since 1930. Located right on the bank of the Tennessee River, AT&T Stadium is a beautiful part of the revitalized downtown area known as the Waterfront Area. This area includes a plethora of restaurants, museums, night spots, and one of the nicest Aquariums in the nation.

Chattanooga is also home to the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel that is housed in the renovated Railroad Station and exhibits the largest HO model train layout in the United States. Many of the rooms at the "Choo Choo" are located in old passenger cars located in the outside of the old station, making it one of the most unique hotels in the nation.

Chattanooga has something for everyone including a very nice minor league baseball venue.

Missing Something

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 1
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I've heard mixed reviews on this park. From what I've gathered either you loved this place or hated this place. I somewhat lean toward the latter.

FOOD/BEVERAGE: Not a wide variety of foods at all. Ordered a pizza and it had the same taste as you would from a microwave pizza. The fries tasted good though.

ATMOSPHERE: I'm not sure if it was just the unpainted steel beams that dominated the area and everything seemed hokey for me, but it just had a sterile feel to the place. Just felt like it had an empty feel to it.

NEIGHBORHOOD: You are in the heart of Chattanooga as there are plenty of places to eat after the game, not to mention the Aquarium is nearby.

FANS: They seemed into it early, but after Mobile got 3-4 runs early, they just fell asleep, and like LA fans, they left by the 7th inning.

ACCESS: Getting to the stadium is fine, but you have to do the parking deck which costs a few extra bucks, but walking uphill and then more stairs to the stadium irritated me as the escalator wasn't working when we got there.

ROI: Cheapest ticket is $10 right behind home plate. That's great for AA ball. Foods were inexpensive as well.

EXTRAS: I like how they tried to get fans excited about the Dodgers being affiliated with the Lookouts, creating Dodgertown, Tennessee as well as doing the typical Minor League bits. But nothing else really to go "wow."

Be on the Lookout

Total Score: 3.86

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

Chattanooga is the third largest city in Tennessee, and the Chattanooga Lookouts have been a part of the community’s fabric since 1885. The team’s name, the Lookouts, is derived from nearby Lookout Mountain and the key placements of sentries on the surrounding hillsides by both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War.

AT&T Field, home of the Lookouts, opened in 2000 as one part of downtown Chattanooga’s revitalization, which also includes the Tennessee Aquarium, the Bluff Arts District, and Coolidge Park. From its hilltop perch overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River, AT& T Field gives you a bird’s eye view of the best Chattanooga has to offer in museums, theatres, the aquarium and the Restaurant District.

The Lookouts are the Double A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and are members of the Southern League. AT&T Field will host the 2014 Southern League All Star game in July.

Lookouts

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

A nice park on a hill at the edge of downtown. Great location. A great logo. Parked in a city parking deck for $8. Hot dog was good. Box seats $9, programs $0.25. Some fans advised that crowds have not been as years gone by, and owner discussed selling team to someone who could move them. I guess that's no longer a risk. Would be a shame for this nice stadium to be empty.

A nice field in downtown Chattanooga.

Total Score: 3.86

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

In 2015 the Lookouts went from being associated with the Dodgers to the Twins. That means very little to the fan attending the game but is noteworthy just in case you read the reviews.
The ball field, called AT&T Stadium, is located in the downtown section of Chatty across a highway from the river. From the downtown area where you have to park, it is a walk up a hill (one part rather steep) to the entrance gate. There is an escalator that is used for the very steep section that makes it easier for fans. Parking, as mentioned, is usually from a parking deck on West 3rd street where they have a special price for game parking. After exiting the deck you just walk down one block and then start walking up the hill toward the stadium lights.
The price of the games are very reasonable as most are around $10 for adults. Once inside the stadium you can sit in your assign seats or, if not a special event game, you can move around the stadium getting different views of the field.
In left field they have what is known as a beer garden where people usually go and sit at tables or lean on the fence while watching and drinking their beer.
In right field they have a covered picnic area which can handle a large group and it adds outfield group tickets a party of 20-200.
As far as baseball stadiums go, this is not a bad place to see a game. Good baseball field food and plenty of restrooms make for a nice experience. The baseball is very good for minor league play and most of the time there is excitement in the air.
However, even with the stadium on a hill and next to a river- there is absolutely no air flow in the seated sections of the stadium. The open area is located to the north and in the summer time there is hardly any day that winds blow from the north. This leaves the stadium seats blocking any summer air from entering the stadium. It gets super hot in the stadium during the summer-- even at night. There is just no air movement.
Getting out of downtown is very easy as from the parking deck you go one block turn right and it takes you to the highway. Unless you are going to stay and eat somewhere in the very popular downtown area, it is just two quick turns and you are leaving the area.
Also, like many minor league parks, if you are going to consume alcoholic beverages make sure you get a wristband before attempting. Even with a valid ID they will not serve you until you obtain a wrist band from the proper stands set up near the gates.
You have good baseball, nice attractive ball field and a great value for families. That is what minor league baseball is all about.

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