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Official Review by Eric Hasman, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Boomers Stadium opened in 1999 as Alexian Field as the home of the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League. In 2011, the Flyers folded due to financial difficulties. In 2012, the Schaumburg Boomers began play in what is currently Boomers Stadium (there is no sponsor). The Schaumburg Boomers are a member of the independent Frontier League.
Salvi Sports Enterprises owns the Schaumburg Boomers as well as the Gary SouthShore Railcats, North Shore Navigators and the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. In their first two years as the Boomers they won the Frontier League Championships. The new ownership initially brought in new fans in 2012, and they have been able to basically maintain their average attendance at around 3,100 people per game.
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In 2015 there were some changes in the quality and choices of food at the park. Gone is the 2-foot brat, pot roast sandwich, and other items. Overall the food is good, but not as great as it used to be. The "Schaumburger" is still there at $7.50, which is really tasty. The burger is served on a pretzel roll with beer cheese, bacon, and a fresh tasting pickle, tomato, lettuce, and red onion slices.
Basically there is the usual ballpark food, pizza by a good local pizza place, Frato's ($4). But the best item at the park is the Ben's soft pretzel ($5) and $1 more for a dipping cup of vanilla icing or cheese dip. These pretzels are heaven in a wrapper.
Beer options range from Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Leinenkugels, and Lagunitas ($5-$6). Pepsi products are available as well.
The ballpark is like any other park built during this time. There is nothing special about it, but it is a good place to see a game. The maintenance on the stadium lacked a bit in 2015, but I don't expect that to continue. There is new paint which now reflects the Boomers colors. The best thing about the seating is that there are cupholders at each seat. Also, there are two grass berms along each foul line from just past the dugout to basically the outfield wall.
There is a party deck in left field that is rarely used for private parties of 50 or more ($30 - $36 each depending on the food package). When there are no parties anyone can sit there since there some tables with umbrellas. It is a nice place to view the game, but there are no concessions in the area. The suites are also a good size with three rows of stadium seats, accommodating 25-35, starting around $850 to $1330 per suite, depending on the package.
There are plenty of handicapped seating areas, which the Boomers provide steel folding chairs. A lot of the seating is covered by the suites which is nice if it rains. Also, you can't walk around the whole park since the wide concourses stop basically at the foul poles.
The scoreboard, which was replaced in 2012, has the usual stuff, including a video screen that shows the player stats, which are updated with each at bat. The ballpark has the same dimensions as Wrigley Field (353 feet down the right field line, and 355 feet down the left field line) and was originally billed that way. However, the park does not resemble Wrigley in any other way, which is a bit disappointing.
The kids area is located behind the party deck. If you are going to watch your kids, then unfortunately you will miss the ballgame. The play area is very basic with a bounce house and a few other kids entertainment devices. There is also a speed pitch machine by the third base entrance.
Between innings promotions are the usual minor league stuff like the kiss cam, smile cam, etc...
The best promotion is the race between the Repellent, Sunscreen, and Shave Cream. The Boomers pick three fans to run the race. After the game they do a tennis ball toss into a kiddie pool. The winner gets the cash that the promotion has generated.
The ballpark is surrounded by residential housing and parking lots. Nearby, there is the Woodfield Mall with adjoining big box stores and a bunch of restaurants about 15 minutes from the park.
If you are looking for a restaurant close to the park, then there are two recommendations. The first is Pilot Pete's which is an aeronautical themed bar/restaurant that is adjacent to the Schaumburg Airport. The second is Tilted Kilt which is about five minutes from the park. The food at both are good and prices are reasonable.
Since the Salvi Group has taken over the Boomers operation, the team has averaged a little over 3,000 fans per game, which has been at or near the top for attendance in the Frontier League. However, on the Fridays and Saturdays they will draw as many as 4,000-6,000. As is often the case in a Frontier League crowd, there are a few fans that are really into the team and the game, and the others are just there to socialize or for a family night out.
Overall, the access to the stadium is excellent since the park is located off the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway. The parking is free, but on crowded days it will take a while to get out of the lot. Also, there is a Metra train station one block from the stadium with connections into Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Reserve seats will cost you $10, and lawn seats are $7. Seats are $1 more on game day at the gate. In most cases you can get a lawn seat and sit basically anywhere since there are plenty available seats. A screen is in front of the seats in sections E-K to protect fans from foul balls. The return on the investment is good overall, especially when you consider the free parking and reasonable concession prices.
The Boomers are named for an endangered bird that is native to Illinois also known as the Great Prairie Chicken. They can be found in greater abundance in the Dakotas, but at one time they were prevalent in this area, and nicknamed "boomers" because of the loud noise and dance they make during mating season. A bonus point for the interesting team name that was chosen.
Coop the Boomer, the team's mascot, is out amongst the fans and on the field quite a bit and is popular with the kids. In 2015 the Boomers stopped Coop from performing "Shake your Tailfeather" on the vistor's dugout. But his presence throughout the game makes up for it.
Finally, an extra point for the field since Roger Bossard, the "Sodfather," the long-time groundskeeper of the Chicago White Sox, installed new sod a few years ago. The field drains well.
The Schaumburg Boomers experience is noticeably better than the Schaumburg Flyers experience. Hopefully the Boomers keep up their good work and don't regress. If they can maintain the momentum, then the team should be a success on the field and off.
Member Review by paul on Jul 18, 2012
Alexian Field opened in Schaumburg, Illinois in 1999 as the home of the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League. In 2011, the team folded amidst financial difficulties, and the folding of their league as well. In 2012, a new tenant began play in what is currently being called Boomers Stadium (although you may also see Schaumburg Baseball Stadium). The Schaumburg Boomers are a member of the independent Frontier League, and although there are some improvements to the facility, and the team has had a good inaugural campaign, fan support in the community still remains a bit tepid.
The Schaumburg Boomers are owned by Patrick and Lindy Salvi, who are also the owners of the Gary South Shore Railcats, who play in the American Association at their home, U.S. Steel Yard. Given the success that the RailCats have had over the years, one could speculate that the Boomers will have similar success. It will be interesting to see if the fans come out to the ballpark.
Member Review by jasonbohn9 on Jul 17, 2014
This was a random stop for me, and I was pretty surprised at how nice it was. I guess thinking that it was just a Frontier League team that wasn't associated with any of the minor leagues, I expected a dump, but this stadium was actually pretty nice. TONS of food options, including a 2 foot brat that I may tackle next time. I love the fact that it's a mere block or two from the Metra train station, made getting back to downtown Chicago a cinch. This was a nice stadium and I'd definitely go back for a game.
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