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Official Review by Tracey Mitchell, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Boyce Cox Field has a capacity of approximately 2,000. It became part of the Pittsburgh Pirate organization in 2014 when they became the Bristol Pirates. Previously long affiliations have existed with the Detroit Tigers (1969-1994) and Chicago White Sox (1995-2013). The Bristol Pirates are members of the Appalachian League, and they compete in the west division.
The Bristol Pirates are the only team in the Appy League that have bat girls instead of bat boys. It’s a nice change to see a team give girls a chance to be on the field as part of the organization.
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Your typical concession stand food is available at Boyce Cox Field, consisting of hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, drinks and candy. There is also a beer shed that has a patio area with tables along the third base sideline.
The Pirates make no money from their concession stand. It is run by the Virginia High School Band and all money goes to them. You are allowed to bring your own food and drink into the park and have a picnic. There is no bag check.
The acoustics at Boyce Cox Field sometimes feel void, but the layout of the field contributes to this. There is a hill on the third base side where spectators can bring their own chairs and sit to watch the game, as well as plenty of room for kids to play and chase foul balls without fear of losing them due to the fenced in area. The view from the hill is great and you'll find many regulars here. There are also some covered picnic tables in this area that can be reserved for a party (birthday or company outing, etc).
The Bristol Pirates have a great announcer and they have free Wi-Fi throughout the field. This fields is adjacent to a football field (Devault Stadium) where Virginia High School plays. Virginia High School also plays baseball on Boyce Cox Field.
Boyce Cox Field is located downtown in Bristol, about a block away from State Street where the middle line of the street is the state line between Virginia and Tennessee. There are many restaurants and shops in the area, as well as the old Paramount Theatre where Tennessee Ernie Ford performed.
The neighborhood is a downtown area filled with shops, homes, and restaurants. There is a Subway, Krystals, and Little Caesar's across the street which are easily accessible on foot.
There is ample parking in the lot and along the roadside if the lot gets full. State Street is a block away and has many restaurants such at Quaker Steak and Lube, which is a favorite of the Pirate players and you can see them there postgame having dinner sometimes. There are a few bars and a great bakery that is open 24 hours (Blackbird Bakery).
Bristol Motor Speedway is approximately 5-7 miles away for any NASCAR fans. The downtown section near the field is also home to the Birthplace of Country Music.
Bristol Pirates fans at Boyce Cox Field are a great mix of all ages. Although there is not much fan interaction, except for an occasional trivia question asked to one lucky fan for the chance at a prize, the fans seem to enjoy their experience at Boyce Cox Field. It's a very relaxed and family oriented venue.
Boyce Cox Field is easily accessible from Interstate 81 for out of town visitors and Volunteer Parkway for local attendees. The field also provides shuttles for elderly, handicapped or injured persons via a golf cart from their vehicle in the parking lot to the stands.
Bathrooms are easily accessible on each side of the field at the ends of the bleachers. They are not fancy but they are clean and have several stalls to accommodate the crowds.
There is a handicap accessible ramp for access to season ticket seating. Parking is free and available at the gate entrance. There is also parking along the street and overflow parking around the block where the players' entrance is located.
Prices for admission are $4 for kids 5-12, adults ($5), and reserved seats ($8). Kids under age 5 get in for free. The team offers season ticket packages for general admission for only $65 and reserved box seats are $80 for all home games in the season. The Pirates offer group packages that include meal choices for parties of 25 or more.
The prices and location are well worth the money. If you are looking for a really upbeat field with chances to win lots of prizes and giveaways, you may be disappointed unless you attend on merchant's night, which is a once a year promo where area businesses donate prizes and food to be given away in between every half inning. They literally give away hundreds of prizes. Special giveaways are far and few between.
Two blow up kids games have been added in 2015 for hitting and pitching. For $5 kids get a wristband and can play both games all evening as many times as they want. They also have a dedicated chair in honor of United States veterans. The Bristol Pirates are one of the few teams that offer little league teams a Field Of Dreams experience for free. Other teams in the Appalachian League charge upwards of $100 or more for little league players to run out on the field with the Minor League Players for the National Anthem.
Member Review by paul on Aug 15, 2012
Bristol sits on the border between Tennessee and Virginia, and is known as the Birthplace of Country Music. Like many ballparks found in the Appalachian League, Boyce Cox Field (also known as DeVault Memorial Stadium) is devoid of any bells or whistles. Well, some fans may have bells. But the point is, this stadium is all about the baseball, so sit back and enjoy.
The team in Bristol has been affiliated with the Chicago White Sox since 1995. Prior to that time, the team was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers from 1969-1994. With that kind of history, you know there have been several superstars to come through Bristol on the way to the Majors. That list includes Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Lance Parrish from during the days with the Tigers. Current MLB players like Carlos Lee, Freddy Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, and Chris Young once put on the Bristol Sox uniforms.
The ballpark sits on the site of a former high school football stadium, which leaves behind some interesting concrete bleachers that are less than ideal for sitting through a game, but are certainly unique.
Member Review by uita71 on Jul 22, 2013
In part due to the creation of retro style ballparks, baseball has been experiencing a renaissance for several years now, with no signs of slowing down. Attendance and profits at major league and minor league baseball games continues to show an upward trend, and the desire by many to visit these new ballparks appears endless. Lost in this renaissance, at least in terms of building new facilities, is the Appalachian League.
Founded in 1937, the Appalachian League has been a place where many draftees get their first taste of professional baseball, and while the facilities may not be what dreams are made of, they are very enjoyable and relaxing places to attend a professional game. Boyce Cox Field was built in 1969 to house the rookie league team for the Detroit Tigers (Bristol Tigers), providing the town with a franchise for the first time since 1955. Since that time, Bristol has remained one of the more popular franchises in the league and has since become affiliated with the White Sox (Bristol White Sox).
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