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Official Review by Samuel Benson, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
If anyone is looking for a good baseball game in a beautiful venue, a trip to Utah County for an Orem Owlz game is a must. The Owlz have played in Utah Valley University’s Brent Brown Ballpark since 2005, and there’s no reason to think that will change any time soon.
The stadium seats 5,000 spectators and boasts beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains to the west. The Owlz have competed in the Pioneer League since 2001 and are a rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.
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The stadium offers typical ballpark food but few specialties. There are two main concession options, All-Star and Grand Slam. The former offers hot dogs, pretzels, peanuts and popcorn for $3, and jumbo hot dogs, chili cheese fries and nachos for $4. Combo meals are available, as well.
Grand Slam features typical grill items. Burgers, corn dogs, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders are available in combos between $6 and $9. Ice cream is also available around the stadium, and drinks (Coke and Pepsi products) range from $2-$5.
No ballpark item really stands out from other stadiums. There aren't any local Utah flavors or dishes available on the menus.
Owlz games don't draw a typical baseball crowd. The fans are mostly families, with young children overly abundant throughout the stands. Many families sit in the general admission section, which is a grass lawn that stretches from third base to the end of left field.
Inflatables and playground equipment are also available for children to the left of the main entrance. The Owlz make their games very family friendly, which in turn draws plenty of families to each game from the Utah County area.
For those seeking a traditional baseball atmosphere, though, Orem may not be on the top of your list. Walk-up music for batters is barely audible, as are other tunes (mainly country selections) that plays in between innings. Alcohol is not allowed inside the stadium, also.
A definite plus is the location. Beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountain Range to the west are available to nearly anyone in the stadium, but more visible to those sitting on the first base side.
There may not be a ballpark in the state that is more accessible than Brent Brown. Taking exit 269 off of I-15 puts you in danger of getting hit by a home run, and driving one more block leads you in the parking lot.
Driving down University Parkway supplies several pre or postgame eating options. J Dawgs is a classic Provo-born hot dog chain, featuring some of the best "dawgs" available on this side of Chicago. Across the street is In-N-Out Burger, a traditional Cali-born burger joint.
Local fresh-Mex favorite Café Rio (3.5 miles away) is a little farther down the road, but definitely worth it.
Attractions in the area include Seven Peaks Water Park in Provo and countless recreational activities up Provo Canyon.
The typical crowd at games is comprised of young families. There isn't a whole lot of raucous cheering and the ballpark never gets too loud.
That said, not much should be expected, as rookie level baseball teams never have too passionate of fan bases. There are a few big-time Owlz fans but not many. Orem usually ranks in the top half of the Pioneer League in attendance, though, which is a notable feat.
There can't really be an easier way to access the stadium off of I-15. The only close place to park, though, is the lot outside of the University's UCCU Center, which costs a few bucks.
The concourses inside the stadium are never too crowded, and the facilities are kept clean.
There may not be a better-priced ticket for any professional sport in the state. $12 lands you front row seats behind home plate (if you buy them in time), and $4 gets you general admission seats on the grass.
Typically, fans spend more on parking and concessions than on the tickets themselves.
One extra point for the impressive in-stadium advertising, despite sharing a ballpark with Utah Valley University. There is no shortage of Owlz signs and logos strewn throughout the concourse and outfield.
Another extra point for the great promotions. The Owlz have a different promotion for every game, ranging from Christmas in July to Back Hair Night. Go figure.
One final extra point for their "Field of Dreams" program. Like most professional soccer teams, the Owlz select a local youth baseball team to accompany the players onto the field and join them for the national anthem.
A great place to savor a summer night. If you're expecting a major league atmosphere, then Orem isn't the place for you; but if you want an enjoyable evening at the ballpark, be their guest.
Member Review by dmortimer
In 2005, the fledgling Provo Angels of the Pioneer League moved down the road to the newly-built Brent Brown Ballpark on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem. Thus began the Orem Owlz, rookie affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Owlz have won three Pioneer League titles since then, a tradition of excellence reflected in their high-quality home.
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