Bush Stadium at Averitt Express Baseball Complex (map it)
Cookeville, TN 38505
Year Opened: 1997
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Official Review by Chad Minton, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Baseball at Howell W. Bush Stadium isn’t flying as high as it could be for the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. Renovated to its current state in 1997, Howell W. Bush Stadium at Averitt Baseball Complex serves as the cozy little home to Tennessee Tech baseball.
Forget about all of the glamour that you get at bigger baseball venues, because the experience is quite different at Howell W. Bush Stadium. The stadium was named after Howell Bush, a former player, whose donation to the program allowed for night games to be played here.
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The lone concession stand actually has a decent number of options for such a small venue, and they also feature some unique choices.
Bratwursts are $3, and they are a good choice for the price. Hot dogs are only $2, while chips and trail mix are 50 cents each. Tennessee Tech also sells the ballpark favorite Cracker Jacks for $1. I also saw veggie chow mein for the first time on a ballpark menu, and that was $3.
The drink options are bottled water and bottled sodas for just $1 each.
You really can't beat the value here, but some more hot food options (like nachos) were surprisingly not offered.
The other minor problem is the fact that the concession stand is actually a separate cart that is located down the right field line. The stand is really easy to overlook, despite Howell W. Bush Stadium being very small.
This area is really lacking for Tennessee Tech baseball right now, even though the Golden Eagles are enjoying a lot of success of late.
The chairback seats are actually made of plastic, and could not have been more awkward or uncomfortable to sit in. I had to get up numerous times to keep from cramping up.
There's also nothing done to entertain the fan, with the exception of music being played between frames. The person choosing the music on this particular night did a great job of picking out the playlist, and it did help break up a lot of the awkward silence that tends to happen at smaller baseball games.
Outside of that, what you see is really what you get, which is just a baseball game.
The campus of Tennessee Tech is located in Cookeville, which is a fairly typical college town. There are plenty of restaurants and bars that go along with a college town, but there's not much to do outside of those options.
A local place called Spankie's is one of the favorites that offers good food and a fun place to have a few drinks.
You're not going to be blown away with things to do in Cookeville, but you can definitely go out and have a good time after the game.
The 100 or so fans that showed up to see the first-place Golden Eagles on the day I visited showed very little interest in the game itself. There were a handful of fans that cheered throughout the game, but most made very little noise.
The minuscule number of fans that showed up to this game was shocking, considering the perfect weather. This tells me that this program has very few dedicated fans, based on the perfect conditions for a baseball game. Hopefully, the Golden Eagles can enjoy some sustained success for a few years to get more passionate fans out to support this program.
Making your way through Cookeville to the small parking lot that serves Howell W. Bush Stadium is a breeze. The parking is located right next to the field.
After exiting Interstate 40, take Willow Avenue all the way to the campus. All of the athletic facilities are located next to each other, and Howell W. Bush Stadium is located on the left.
Since Cookeville is a moderate-sized city, traffic can get congested at times when traveling the main roads.
You can't really argue with anything that is free in today's world, and attending a Tennessee Tech baseball game is free -- at least, on the day I visited. That was pretty surprising to me, but obviously in a positive way. The free admission just made me scratch my head even more that there weren't more local baseball fans taking advantage of the free baseball.
Parking is also free, and the concession prices mean that you're probably going to spend around $5, and that's only if you decide to partake in the concessions.
A free day out at the ballpark is always a good thing.
An extra goes to the kind lady handing out purple and gold pom-poms before the game, even though the small number of fans really didn't use them. Anytime you flaunt the school's colors, it makes for a good presentation.
The local middle school kid who threw out the first pitch and painted the corner with an impressive throw also earns a point. The crowd probably made the most noise they made all night for this little guy.
Finally, if you're a dog lover, you can really have a good time here, since the ballpark is pet friendly. Pets have to be on a leash, but there were plenty of little canines walking around. The sight of all the dogs was funny to see.
If Tennessee Tech's recent success is a sign of things to come for this program, this ballpark needs some major upgrades to support their success. However, the ballpark does already have some positive things in place that could help make this a solid venue.
Offering free admission is smart for now to help establish some fans outside of parents of the players. The gesture didn't seem to help on this occasion, but I could see it helping in the long term if Tennessee Tech keeps having this kind of success.
Size doesn't necessarily matter here, but some cosmetic improvements would go a long way.
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