Benedictine University Sports Complex Baseball Field (map it)
Lisle, IL 60532
Year Opened: 2005
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Official Review by Eric Hasman, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex is a facility that has a football/soccer stadium, baseball/softball fields, and track and field all in one area located in Lisle, Illinois. It was the home stadium of Chicago Red Stars women's soccer club from 2011 to 2015 and home to Major League Lacrosse's Chicago Machine in their 2006 inaugural season. In addition, previously the stadium was used for the DuPage County Hounds formerly of the Midwest Collegiate League from 2012 to 2014. The baseball stadium seats 1,000, including 800 chairs, and has handicap accessible areas on the main concourse.
In 2016, the baseball field became the home of the DuPage Drones of the Prospect League, a wood bat collegiate summer league.
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The food choices are real basic items including hot dogs, brats, slices of cheese pizza and popcorn (ranging in price from $3 to $4.50). Beer choices are also limited. A draft large Miller product is $6 on tap (small is $5) and margaritas are available for $8. The lines are long and slow when the gates open, but as the game goes on the lines are shorter and faster. The best thing here is the Beaver Donuts food truck ($6 for a box of mini donuts) and $1 for a topping which is definitely worth it.
This ballpark is like a high school field that is surrounded by a football stadium and a softball stadium. In fact it is possible that a softball or high school ballgame might be occurring at the same time as a Drones game. The stadium itself is rather bland with nothing really standing out. The scoreboard is very basic with no video.
The bullpens for both teams are down the lines. There is nothing for the kids to do except run around to check out the other happenings in the complex. The positive is there is a huge concourse where kids can entertain themselves.
There is little fear of getting hit by a screaming foul ball since netting extends to the ends of the dugouts, but a pop foul could hit you, so you still have to pay attention.
Even though the stadium is located on a college campus, there is nothing but residential houses surrounding it. If you want to go to eat or do something else before or after the game you would have to drive a few miles to downtown Naperville, which has a lot of upscale bars and restaurants. Or you can go to Ogden Avenue which is about a half mile to the north of the stadium where you can find a few good restaurants.
An excellent bar is Wheatstack, located about a half mile to the east on Route 53 of the stadium. Your choices are limited. The best attraction in the area is Morton Arboretum which is worth a visit.
The fans that show up have a good time and are interested in the game. You'll find some of the parents of the college kids. There is little real excitement by the fans. These games are a place to hang out and spend some quality time with your family or significant other.
Getting to the park is very easy. It is located on Yackley Avenue about a mile south of I-88. Another way to get here is off I-355 west on Maple Road about two miles. The stadium has easily accessible parking lots and there is plenty of parking is available. The parking is free, which is a good thing. Public transportation is not an option. For handicapped fans the stadium is very accommodating and there are plenty of spots to watch the game from.
The price of a ticket is $7.50 or $10 for the home plate club. With the home plate club tickets you get a concessions voucher, a reserved seat, and a guaranteed giveaway, if there is one. If you like to move around, there is no problem doing that here. This place is for the old school baseball people. If you are looking for all the modern entertainment options found at many ballparks today, then this is not the place for you.
The owner, Josh Schaub, has worked in professional baseball since 2005. He most recently was owner and CEO of the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League. He is very accessible during the game and will talk and listen to anyone. Also, the Drones have "Drone" races around the stadium between innings. It is entertaining, but at times hard to follow. They should have the drone lit up or with a trailing flag or something to make them more visible. As of now there is no mascot and not many in between inning activities, but I anticipate that will change as the team develops.
The 2016 season is the inaugural year for DuPage Drones in the Prospect League, which has been around since 2008. It is going to be a struggle for the team to make it, but the quality of play is pretty good and the owner really wants to make the team work, and is trying very hard. As more games go on, the better the experience will become.
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