Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. It has a population of around 60,000 and is most commonly known as being the heart of Amish country. There are many tourist attractions in the area based on the Amish culture, as well as a slew of factory outlet stores.
The Lancaster Red Roses were a minor league baseball team that played in the city from 1884 to 1961. They had a noted rivalry with York, PA and their “White Roses” team. It was a re-imagination of the famous War of the Roses. The team played in the Piedmont League, Interstate League, Tri-State League, Pennsylvania State League, Atlantic League (1896-1899), Eastern Interstate League, Middle States League, Pennsylvania State Association, Keystone Association, and Eastern League. The did play a few years under the names Lancaster Red Sox, Lancaster Lanks, Lancaster Maroons, Lancaster Chicks, Lancaster Ironsides, and Lancaster Red Stockings. Their home, Stumpf Field, is now home to high school baseball.
In 2005 the city came back to professional baseball as part of the independent Atlantic League. The name "Barnstormers" was chosen in a team sponsored fan ballot. The name serves two purposes, first playing on the term “Barn,” as well as referring to the act of "barnstorming," which is playing in exhibition games while travelling around in various areas.
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Clipper Magazine Stadium has a plethora of basic, good food options around the stadium. Food is of a good quality and the prices are reasonable for this level of baseball. Beer starts at $4.50 and goes higher if you choose a craft beer. Hot dogs start at $4.50, cheaper for a kids version.
A favorite spot is the pavilion in right that offers a chicken or beef slider and fries combo for $8. It is also a great spot to sit and enjoy some nice views of the game.
Locally based Auntie Annie's Pretzel is a great spot for a treat. Sure they are in malls across America but their headquarters is practically within spitting distance from the field so why not stop in?
There is a walkway that extends around the entire field. Make sure to spend at least one inning watching the game from various viewpoints around the stadium. An interesting feature located in the outfield are the Bumper Boats, which give kids a fun place to enjoy the game.
The seating bowl is a pretty standard setup for minor league baseball stadiums. There is no bad seat in the house.
There is an area of lawn seating in the left field area. Many fans also try to snag the single row of metal seating located at the bottom of the lawn and next to the outfield fence. The views here are great. A kids area is located right near the lawn seats.
The team has a mascot named Cylo. Mother Goose is also a common sight at games and marches a group of kids in pregame activities.
The stadium is located just north of downtown. There are some rough areas in downtown but the city has been making great strides. The stadium has been a part of this resurgence. So make sure to walk around a bit before the game.
Franklin and Marshall College is located just northwest of the stadium. There are a good amount of stores and restaurants near the college.
Some great food options exist in the area such as Iron Hill Brewery, Fenz, The Brickyard, Molly's Pub and Lancaster Brewing Company.
A very nice hotel, the Lancaster Arts Hotel, is located pretty much across the street from the stadium and makes a nice place to stay and watch games. The hotel serves as an art gallery and lodging establishment while making use of former factory space.
The fans that sit right behind the plate are knowledgeable. Once you get out to the fringe parts of the park you may see the more casual fan. Clipper Magazine Stadium seems to make both types of fans feel right at home.
Lancaster is an easy area to navigate. Routes 30 and 222 are well known, large roads that any tourist visitor to the area will be more than familiar with. Even though the stadium is located downtown you will seldom find traffic to be too bad.
Lancaster is located about a half an hour to the state capital Harrisburg. It is also about an hour and a half to Baltimore, and the same distance to Philadelphia. Their rival Atlantic League team, the York Revolution is a short distance west on Route 30.
There are many free parking lots around the stadium as well as more expensive, and slightly closer VIP lots.
The best bargain is $7 lawn tickets. If you want a seat look for ones for $12 to $13. These prices are great for the high quality of baseball seen in the Atlantic League. Also be on the lookout for special deals and events.
There are also a nice variety of season and package plans.
There are some nice free programs given out for each home game. They look like they are published by stadium sponsor Clipper Magazine and look very nice.
The bumper boats don't seem to be the biggest success, but still offers a cool, unique activity for kids in the stadium.
The team store has a great variety of Barnstormers merchandise. The prices and quality are very good. Check out the clearance racks for some nice, cheap options.
The kids play area in the left field area is a great place for the uninterested kids to spend some time. The variety of options for them are pretty good. if you have kids buy lawn seats, send them over here while you enjoy the game.
Clipper Magazine Stadium offers a great baseball environment while still giving casual fans a fun entertainment option.
The Lancaster Barnstormers play in the Atlantic League. They play in Clipper Magazine Stadium, which is located in Lancaster, PA. Details of attending a game are sparse on the team's website that hasn't been updated since before the 2010 season, so read along and see how my visit went.
This is a beautiful park in a crappy neighborhood of even crappier town. I think the biggest problem here that they there are better options for baseball fans in every direction. If you live south of town, Aberdeen is better. If you live west of Lancaster, go to Harrisburg. If you live east of town, you've got a great ballpark and cheesesteaks in Philly. North of the city? Head to Reading. The other big problem is ticket prices. They seemed way out of line for an independent league. The food was OK and parking was close.
There are some positives in the area. If you haven't been to Amish country, it will be an interesting trip. Visit Intercourse and enjoy seeing the horse-and-buggies. The Iron Hill Brewpub near Franklin & Marshall University are worth a visit if you like great beers. So is a trip north to Adamstown if you like antiques. These things boost the Extras rating up to 3 stars.
Went to a game here over the summer of 2011 while vacationing in the Amish Country. It was a last minute idea to fill a void on a half day trip. Got to park, early, before gates opened,went to see if any tickets were available. They only had sitting room only in the outfield grass area.
Not having a blanket or chairs with me I decided to go to a store near by to purchase a blanket or something. Not likely! There were no stores in walking distance and even if there was I would not feel comfortable walking through that neighborhood alone. I went back to the box office to buy those tickets after asking my wife and daughter if they minded sitting on the ground without a chair or blanket. I was in luck when I went back. The guy in rot of me was selling back his tickets. I bought them without hesitation. Great seats, third base side. Boy there is absolutely no shade in this ballpark at all. This was a late game also. Should have taken the outfielld grass area that was shaded by billboards. The have a playground area for the kids, small rides. Food was the average for ballparks. They did have a before game concert which you were able to actually go out onto the outfield and sit and dance.
If you like cows you'l like their mascot, Cylo. They had fireworks after the game which was awesome. Overall, it is a well maintained ballpark, staff was friendly and fans were behaved. Good time had by all.
I went to my first Barnstormers game on 9/15/12 vs. MD Blue Crabs. I've more or less ignored baseball for the last 15 years, but am on a hot streak of renewed interest this season. That being said, I've been to a bunch of games all over the place at various levels this season, but before that, not for a long time.
Food & Beverage: Seemed great. I'm a vegetarian, so I usually can't engage in much ballpark fair (the good stuff, anyways)...but I'm always on the look-out for things I can make my brother eat. He would be have been satisfied with the selections. The lines got a little long at times...but weren't the worst I've seen (MD Blue Crabs last season, yikes). A Diet Cola and Auntie Annie's pretzel did the trick for me, but carnivores would have plenty to eat.
Pros: The stadium is nice, clean, modern. It's a nice ballpark at which to see a game. The staff were great, and helpful. The ushers were made a good effort to control the riff-raff (see my 'fans' comments below).
Cons: I'm not an old man, but I'm going to sound like one...the interior sound system is WAY too loud, and incredibly obnoxious. Lots of super annoying sound bites that took me right out of the game (ex - Frosty, etc). Also, you don't have to blast something after every...single...pitch. It's okay to let it breathe a little... This definitely took me out of the game. I came to watch a baseball game, not listen to a morning zoo radio program.
Neighborhood/Access: It's in a city. It's not the best place, not the worst. Parking was free, but also a little confusing. As long as you plan ahead and get there a little early the first time you go, you'll be fine. I was a little late, so I had to park pretty far away, but it wasn't the end of the world, there were spaces available, and I did not feel unsafe walking between my car and the stadium.
Fans: Quantity, check. Quality, just awful. I'm generalizing...but I've never seen so much riff-raff at a game before. Teenage girls STANDING around in the seats chatting (ushers were pretty quick to break this kind of thing up), people turned around in their seats shouting at each other (probably due to the sound system) and not even watching the game, people shouting into cell phones from their seats, entirely too many kids too young to enjoy a baseball game, etc. I'm not sure why these folks came out, but it certainly wasn't to watch a baseball game. Bummer.
Return on Investment: Tickets were pretty cheap. Parking was free. I would say good return on investment.
Extras: Where was the mascot hiding for the first 4 innings of the game? I had to imagine my own...Barny the Amish Barn. Then Cylo almost ran me over on a scooter :). I did not receive any sort of program to get to know the team.
Conclusion: Other than the sound choices, it seems like the people running the stadium are doing a decent job of facilitating an enjoyable atmosphere. That being said, the 'fans' really crushed that enjoyment and made watching baseball incredibly difficult.
Even though I didn't have a great time, I would definitely give the Barnstormers another shot next season. Perhaps not going on a Saturday would weed out some of the non-core fans.
I first visited Clipper Magazine Stadium in its inaugural year (2005) and came away quite impressed. Upon a recent visit in 2012, however, I was not quite so impressed. It is still a nice enough ballpark, but it has some design flaws that can't really be corrected - like the concourses that are too tight the location of the press box on the concourse level. The concessions are quite good, but there seems to be an overall lack of stands. With large crowds, I would expect the lines to be very long. Clipper Magazine Stadium is still one of the better ballparks in the Atlantic League, but compared to some of the newer ballparks which have been built, it just doesn't stack up. For my full review, check out my website, www.ballparkreviews.com.
Best known for the "Pennsylvania Dutch" Amish communities that call the county home, Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a surprisingly long association with baseball, going back to pro teams documented since at least 1906. But in 1961, the Lancaster Red Roses folded, and Lancaster was baseball-less until the formation of the independent Atlantic League Barnstormers in 2005.
Their home, the 6,000-seat Clipper Magazine Stadium, delivers affordable baseball fun for local families and tourists visiting the area.
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