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Official Review by Dennis Morrell, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Legendary Bosse Field will always be in the same conversation as Fenway and Wrigley, a distinction no other active ballpark can claim. Opened in June 1915, it is the third oldest actively used ballpark in North America and remains charming.
So many teams and notable players have set foot on the grass in Evansville, Indiana at Bosse Field adding to its’ rich history. Consider the ballpark resides on Don Mattingly Way, and Hall of Fame ballplayers Hank Greenberg, Warren Spahn, Bert Blyleven and Bob Uecker played here. If that weren't enough, the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own” was filmed at Bosse Field.
The Evansville Otters of the Frontier League are the 13th team to call Bosse Field home having taken up residency in 1995. It is pretty good baseball, but even when it isn’t, a trip to Bosse Field is a walk into baseball from yesteryear, so enjoy it.
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For beer lovers, local brewery, Carson's came up with a special brew called Otter's Ale, a light blonde offering, exclusive to Bosse Field, and prices at $5 for 16oz and $8 for 32oz. It is great-tasting stuff and only available just inside the main entrance.
For food lover's there is an item called the Bosse Beast, a hamburger with bacon in between a split cinnamon fritter. It sets you back $9 and also is just inside the main entrance to the right.
Regular items are $4 for a hamburger or jumbo hot dog; grilled chicken sandwich is $5. Add $3 for a basket of fries to go with it. Shelled peanuts are $4, a 20oz bottled soda (Pepsi products) is $3.25 and bottled water is $2.50.
For beer, Bud Light products, including Shock Top are $4.50 for a 16oz draft and $7.50 for a 32oz draft. Thirsty Thursdays give you those same products for $2 and $4. There are some unique local craft beers for $6.25.
Before arriving, set yourself up for old and nostalgic, but charming and pleasant. Start with obstructed views in most seats unless you are in the box seats along the edge of the field. There is full coverage overhead for each seat except for those first few rows. There are no railings in front of the first row of the rear sections of seats with a wide concourse separating those box seats.
One notable difference than what you find in nearly every ballpark is the perimeter of the seating area bordering the field and the position of each dugout relative to the foul lines and backstop. It is truly unique.
Take a look at the dugouts and their relationship to each other and you will see they are close together. Lots of foul territory adds to the quaintness of the place.
Distances are 315 down each line and 415 in straightaway center. There is a manual scoreboard in left center field topped with a video replay board. If you look close enough, you can see a few fellows on folding chairs on the bottom deck waiting to change the box score.
Because it is an old ballpark, seats are small, narrow and do not include a cup holder. But they look like they have been around for many, many decades, adding to the charm of this magnificent building. Check out the first row seat, seat 1 in section F, right behind section 9. It is the seat distinguished in honor of American POWs, a nice touch.
Merchandise is packed in a dedicated store just inside the main entrance to the building and to the right. The club takes full advantage of the building's place in baseball history.
It is right smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood and just north of a busy rail line. Be careful not to park on that line or you will be asked to move your car.
Just south of the stadium about a mile is the original Turoni's pizza, home to the 29-inch pizza. The food is fantastic and they are also a micro-brewery. You will find great food and original beer to enjoy just before heading to the ballpark.
Although knowledgeable fans, there is nothing which sets them apart. Several fans obviously have been coming to games for years if not decades, but most were just there for something to do. It is likely if you have lived there for any length of time, the nostalgic nature of Bosse Field has long since passed.
It is very easy to get to even as the City of Evansville is 15 miles south of Highway 64. The ballpark sits just west of Route 41 and just north of downtown Evansville. It is at the southeast corner of Garvin Park. Parking is free on all sides of the field. Bathrooms are plentiful enough, tucked away near the in-stadium food areas. Port-a-pottys are stationed in the outfield.
Tickets are General Admission for $6, Reserved Pavilion for $8, Premium Field Box for $10 and VIP Field Box for $12. The latter two involve in-seat service for ordering food and drink.
The package of tradition, legacy and baseball can be enjoyed at a very low price. Tickets are cheap, food is good and priced right and the memories will last quite some time. You can't go wrong here.
The programs, free, are newsprint, 8x10 size with current roster line-up. The scorecard can be found near the rear. Get these when you walk into the main entrance.
Merchandise is just opposite of where the programs can be found and they really know how to merchandise the place. Great prices on everything else.
The foul ball attendants and those who run the promotions are dressed like those in the movie, "A League of Their Own." It is just a nice touch and a way to tie things together.
The seats, stands and canopies which provide coverage look as original as it gets, like you just stepped back into time.
Bosse Field is nostalgia in every sense, and should be experienced by any true baseball fan.
Member Review by bmcclish on Aug 02, 2010
I love this place!!!!!!!!!!!!
408 N Main St
Evansville, IN 47711
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4101 Highway 41 North
Evansville, IN 47711