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Official Review by Meg Minard, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
This is the first season (2012) for the Trinidad Triggers to be a part of the Independent Pecos League of Professional Baseball. Taken from their website, the Pecos League “operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout New Mexico, West Texas, and Southern Colorado … players come from all over the US and the world and are a combination of rising stars, falling stars, shooting stars, and athletes with stars in their eyes.”
The Triggers play at Central Park Field, a city park located a few miles from downtown Trinidad, CO. It appears the city of Trinidad has made several improvements to the field and park for this team: updates to the bullpens, adding a cement backing/wall to the seating area, improvements to the grass of the seating areas and the field itself, and adding a ‘beer bar’ structure.
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There is one concession stand and one beer bar. Beer offered is Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, and Bud Clamato ($3/can; $5 for Clamato). Concession prices are excellent - most snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are $1; brats and dogs $2 - $3. There are 'personal/from home' grills that cook your dog or brat on the spot.
As it got chilly after the 6th and 7th innings and the concession stand was closing down, the Triggers announced free hot chocolate after 7th inning - till they ran out.
Despite being in a somewhat old facility, it is okay. There is a nice mountain view beyond right field.
The seating comprises of 14 rows of all metal benches - a few rows with backs - which started getting uncomfortable in the 4th inning. The seats are under an awning so fans are protected in case of rain. The seating area is surrounded by an awful chain link fence that tarnishes the view of the game.
The field conditions were bad with a muddy backstop due to rain earlier in the day. Kudo's to the grounds crew who did a decent job of making the field playable this evening.
The music was iffy - some songs were just played way too loud (especially pre-game); music was played when announcing players and player changes (very, very bad); many of the same song clips were used throughout the game.
There is one memorabilia for the 2002 Trinidad Miners Baseball Association for updating the facilities at Central Park.
A funny thing happened at the game I attended here; the sprinklers came on in the 8 th inning in the middle of play.
I did not notice an appealing place to visit pre or post game within walking distance of the park. However, downtown Trinidad (just a mile or so away from the park) has several options.
Black Jack's Saloon Steakhouse is a worthwhile place to visit pre-game. It offers made to order steaks and a decent salad bar. They do have certain hours they are open so check the link on the Food & Beverage Tab for specifics.
The Mission at the Bell serves Mexican fare and a tasty, powerful margarita!
There is a free trolley tour of Trinidad and a history museum to peruse that I would recommend if visiting the area.
Fans were few but many were vocal. There were maybe 200 or so fans. They all seemed to know each other and all treated me just fine. They were filming a commercial the evening I attended a game and all fans were asked to 'sit together' in the central seating area. They all did comply.
There was the 'Passing of the Hat' when a Trigger player got a home run. A little kid with a helmet walked the seating area trying to get $1 donations. Those contributions help the players with every day essentials: groceries, gas, car payments, etc.
Free parking; it's always nice. Recommendation: DO NOT park in the facility parking lot; park in the neighboring streets (one block - definitely not a far walk). The facility parking lot is a prime foul ball territory windshield breakage area.
There is one men's and one women's room which appeared to be enough for the crowd base. Visiting players had to walk through the stands or grassy knoll to reach cars and restroom. I was a little skeptical on what the women's room might look like, so I didn't check it out.
It is $6 for general admission, there is free parking, and food and beer prices are decent.
An Amtrak train passing by beyond the outfield wall.
As I watched the game, the stadium and team grew on me, maybe because I was simply watching my favorite sport.
It would be picturesque if only the chain link fence wasn't in the way.
If there were 'real' seats (not benches) and a place to watch the game without the chain link fence then this would be quite a quaint park to watch a game.
If you live in Trinidad or happen to be traveling through the area in the months of May, June, and July do check out a game - if for nothing else except to say you did.
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134 W Main, Ste 14
Trinidad, CO 81082
2833 Toupal Dr
Trinidad, CO 81082