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Ball Diamond

Muncie, IN

Home of the Ball State Cardinals

2.7

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Ball Diamond (map it)
3031 N Tillotson Ave
Muncie, IN 47306


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Year Opened: 1971

Capacity: 1,700

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A Little Cozier at the Ball Diamond

Ball Diamond is a quaint and cozy little ballpark that is situated on the outskirts of the Ball State University campus. Built in 1971, the 1,700-seat stadium has been recently renovated for the baseball team. The facility sits adjacent to the softball field and across the street from Scheumann Stadium. The facility provides a simple and relaxing day of college baseball.

2.7

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    2

There is a small food cart that sits behind the grandstand and near the entrance to the stadium. The items are very common for college ballparks and they are operated by volunteers. Brats, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts and drinks are priced between $3-$4.

For those hot spring days, frozen lemonade and ice cream are available and when the weather is a little chilly outside there is coffee and hot chocolate. As is usually the case at college venues, there is no alcohol served or allowed.

Atmosphere    4

The ballpark is an extremely fun and interesting place to watch a game. There are rows of photos of past Cardinal players, along with a list of draft picks and playoff appearances. Behind home plate is a small brick wall that separates the grandstands from the backstop. The aisles and rows are the wooden kind and they squeak and bounce as you make your way to your seat. The seats are of the bleacher variety and I would encourage fans to bring seat backs if at all possible.

There is a bit of a low level minor league baseball atmosphere at Ball Diamond. Country music is played between innings, broken glass sound effects during foul balls, player intro music, and a few trivia contests are held during the nine inning tilt. The music and sound effects are a nice touch to the collegiate world of baseball. It is not shoved down your throat, but adds a little extra mustard to your day at the ballgame.

Neighborhood    2

The ballpark is across the street from the football field and about a mile from the main campus. There are not many options to choose from within walking distance, but Muncie is a small town and your best choices for nightlife or dining would be downtown or near the shopping center to the north.

A few downtown options are Scotty's Brewhouse, Savage's Ale House and Cleo's Bourbon Bar. If you venture near the mall area, there many options of national fast food chains and sit down restaurants. A nice find is Carter's Hot Dogs located inside the Muncie Mall. They feature Cincinnati-style chili served with cheddar cheese, onions and mustard on a hot dog.

Fans    4

Most of the fans in attendance are diehard Cardinals fans. Many of the supporters can be heard talking about the fundamentals of the game, errors that the players made on the diamond, and past stories of former greats. Ball State has a friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated fan base, a nice little touch to this small town ballpark experience.

Access    2

Arriving at Ball Diamond can get tricky if you do not know where it is. Ball Diamond does not appear on smart phones, nor are there directions to the facility. However, if you type in the football stadium Scheumann Stadium, you will get there without getting lost. Parking is free and there are plenty of spaces next to the stadium.

Return on Investment    2

As with many college baseball games in the region, admission is free. Ball State could get away with $5 tickets and it would definitely still be worth the price of admission, but you can save your money for the concession stand when you plan your visit, as there will be no other costs in or around the ballpark.

Extras    3

Ball Diamond is an actual baseball stadium and not a ball field that exist on many other university campuses. It has an intimate feeling and on a warm spring day, there is nothing better than catching a baseball game with a few friends. The Ball State sports information department also does a great job of making the customer feel at home at the stadium.

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Ball State Baseball

Total Score: 3.14

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

Nice place to see a baseball game. Brand new field turf and dugouts for the 2015 season, along with further renovations of the exterior to come later in 2015. When I visited, the stadium was about 75% full on a Wednesday afternoon, so there is definitely a good fan base.

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Scotty’s Brewhouse  (map it!)

1700 W University Ave

Muncie, IN 47303

(765) 747-5151

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Savage’s Ale House  (map it!)

127 N High St

Muncie, IN 47305

(765) 282-9962

http://www.savagesalehouse.com/

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