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Daniel S. Frawley Stadium

Wilmington, DE

Home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks

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Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (map it)
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE 19801


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Daniel S. Frawley Stadium website

Year Opened: 1993

Capacity: 6,532

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Wilmington is the largest city in the small state of Delaware. With a population of 70,851, the city is often considered part of the much larger Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The area also borders the northeastern section of Maryland.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks play in the advanced Single-A Carolina League.. The name was chosen because of the blue granite found along the Brandywine River in Wilmington.

Frawley Stadium was originally known as Legends Stadium when it was first built in 1993. Later it was renamed for Wilmington mayor Daniel S. Frawley, a major force behind the city getting the team.

The actual playing surface at the stadium is named Judy Johnson Field. after the Negro League third baseman. Johnson played for the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays, and Pittsburgh Crawfords from 1921 to 1936 and was considered one of the greatest third basemen of his time. He was a resident of the Wilmington area.

Frawley Stadium is part of the general Riverfront area south of of downtown Wilmington. For years the area struggled with businesses and the public. In recent years the whole area has become a must see destination for the northern Delaware area.

The Blue Rocks have been affiliated with the Kansas City Royals for most of their existence except for a two season period attached to the Boston Red Sox (2005-2006). There are rumors that the team may purchase the Binghamton Mets AA affiliate and move that to town.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Frawley Stadium does not have numerous food stands but the ones they do have offer a great variety of interesting food at great quality.

Chicken tenders are $ 7.75 with nachos going for $4.50. Sodas are a pretty good value and run from $3 on up depending on the size purchased. The normal concession stands have recently added options from the local Greene Turtle food chain. That expands the already decent options. A good example is the very good Chix n' Ranch combo for $10.75.

Grotto Pizza is considered an institution around Delaware and Frawley Stadium has an outpost of that chain. You can get a slice for $3.50 or a whole individual sized pizza for $7.

Peanuts ($4) and Cracker Jacks ($6) are available at the snack stand on the concourse.

The team has recently gotten much media attention by introducing the Sweenie Donut Dog. It combines a hot dog on a bakery glazed doughnut bun with raspberry jam and bacon. I will leave that up to your digestive imagination.

There are a couple of small food stands called The Blue Moose Grille and the Grill Cart respectively. They each have a very good Jumbo hot dog for $5.50. the Grill Cart is where you can find the Sweenie Donut Dog.

A Chickie and Pete's stand is located at the far right field part of the concourse. The Crab Fries here are famous in the region and are another great buy.

There is also a new grilled cheese stand. They have five options of different kinds of those simple cheese sandwiches ranging from $6 to $9. Grilled corn on the cob can also be purchased there for $4 or 2 for $7.

Beer ranges from $5.50 to $8.50 around the stadium. There is a great craft beer stand offering some good local for $7.

Atmosphere    4

The most striking aspect about Frawley Stadium is the I-95 view past the left center outfield fences. A good view of downtown Wilmington is found past the right field fences.

There are two entrances into the park, on the left and right of the ticket booth. You will walk up long handicapped friendly ramps. An elevator is another option.

The Main grandstands are broken up into two main sections separated by a very large walkway area. A general admission raised seating section is on the left field side of the stadium.

The Blue Rocks have three mascots. One is Rocky Bluewinkle, a blue moose. Another is Mr. Celery, a stalk of celery that comes out to when Wilmington scores a run. I have never seen it but there is also Rubble, a giant blue rock. Mr. Celery may be one of the most unique and fascinating mascots around.

The Quarry team store is located on the concourse. Make sure to stop in and buy a Mr. Celery t-shirt.

Neighborhood    5

Located at the now thriving Wilmington Riverfront, there are many things to do in the area.

The failed outlet mall right near the stadium has now been changed to a mixed use facility. Check out Timothy's Riverfront Grill (930 Justison St) and Molly's Ice Cream (900 Justison St) on the river side of that complex.

Iron Hill Brewery(620 Justison St), Big Fish Grill (720 Justison St), and Joe's Crab Shack (600 Justison St) are all in walking distance and offer some decent options. A Westin Hotel (818 Shipyard Dr) is almost in spitting distance from Frawley Stadium.

If heading south stop in at the college town of Newark. There are numerous food options on East Main Street that will fill you up before or after a game. A couple of favorites here are Catherine Rooney's Irish Pub and the ubiquitous (In Delaware) Grotto Pizza.

Fans    4

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. The Blue Rocks draw well, although the stadium is not 100% filled to capacity on most nights. It still has a consistent fan base in attendance. Early in the season, when the weather is cold, is the only time that the numbers get low.

Access    4

I-95 is right by the stadium, although you will have to navigate a few turns and one way roads to get there. It still offers a pretty quick access to and from the stadium. Expect it to be very busy at rush hour so plan accordingly.

There is plenty of free parking available, although if the Chase Event Center, located nearby, is having an event expect a bit more traffic.

Ultimately the stadium is less than a mile from downtown and offers good access in general. It will get crowded after a game because of the small roads and one way streets near the ballpark.

Return on Investment    4

The prices are quite reasonable for the region and level of baseball. You can get a $6 general admission ticket as well as $9, $10, $11 reserved seats. Some good package deals and special events nights are also offered.

Extras    4

There is a separate admission for the co-located Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. It is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association and offers some great stats you may not have known about the "First State" and its sports.

Also be sure to check out the Delaware Baseball Coaches Hall of fame wall on the concourse.

Another great stop is the Rocks in the Show wall and banners showing Blue Rocks players who went onto the major leagues.

A statue of native son Judy Johnson stands outside Frawley Stadium. Johnson's nearby boyhood home is the William Julius "Judy" Johnson House and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Final Thoughts

Frawley Stadium, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, provides a good level of baseball at a good price while offering a fun family entertainment option for the city.

Best. Reaction. EVER!

That HAS to be the best reaction to a random piece of vegetable in history â?? not just the crowd's reaction, but yours to the spectacle before you as well! I lived across the Delaware River in Penns Grove for 20 years, and after reading this review (which made me laugh so hard picturing that whole scene in my head, I have tears coming out even after the fifth time reading) I lament not going when I lived up there. Guess I have to check it out when I'm back up for my 10-year class reunion this summer! Thanks for the awesome review!

by StPeteRays | Jan 20, 2011 07:43 AM

RE: Best. Reaction. EVER!

It was unbelieveable. I'm so mad at myself for not having my camera ready. But who expects that? There was other stuff too, Philadelphia Eagles Mascot Swoop was there, along with their cheerleaders. I can't remember enjoying a ball game so much when I didn't care about either team. The whole experience was so amazing that I may take my wife there for a getaway weekend.

by gtcrawley | Sep 01, 2011 12:44 PM

Nice Ballpark

A nice ballpark I unfortunately only got to see the illustrious celery once and as Geoff said hes a quick little sucker so you have to have the camera out quick to get a picture of him. Overall though a nice little park. Enjoyed the Joes Crab shack across the street.

by pderrick | Sep 03, 2011 01:53 AM

Nice Ballpark

A nice ballpark I unfortunately only got to see the illustrious celery once and as Geoff said hes a quick little sucker so you have to have the camera out quick to get a picture of him. Overall though a nice little park. Enjoyed the Joes Crab shack across the street.

by pderrick | Sep 03, 2011 01:53 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Where to See Baseball in Delaware

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Daniel S. Frawley Stadium is the current home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Single A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Built in 1993, it originally opened as Legends Stadium but was soon renamed for the late mayor of Wilmington, Delaware. Located spitting distance from the Christina River in Wilmington, it is a big part of the area.

It certainly holds up its end.

My first minor league park

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I was first introduced to minor league baseball in 1994 with this Kansas City Royals high A club. The fans are passionate and proud of their Delaware team. Parking is FREE - or at least it was in 2008, the last time I went. Lots of places to eat and drink before and after games. The ballpark is easy to get around and the sight lines are good from most seats in the park. A very enjoyable gameday experience.

Frawley Stadium

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I have been to the stadium many times since '93.
Did I mention PARKING IS FREE.

Family-Friendly Frawley

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (or, more accurately, Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium) is celebrating its 20th year of operation in 2013. Anchored in the revitalized post-industrial Riverfront district, the 6,500 seat park is home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Advanced A Carolina League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

As with many teams in the low minors, the clientele is mostly families looking for a cheap, local alternative to major-league ball, as well as a smattering of local boosters and baseball fanatics. Frawley Stadium knows its core audience and does all it can to cater to them, delivering everything a family going to a ballgame could want.

It's great

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Everything about this place is great. The food, Mr. Celery, the variety of other mascots, the seats. As a college student and die hard baseball fan, I love going to games here

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Local Food & Drink

Iron Hill Brewery  (map it!)

2502 W Sixth St

Wilmington, DE 19805

(302) 888-2739

http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/

Timothy's On The Riverfront  (map it!)

930 Justison St.

Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 429-7427

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Delaware's Big Fish Grill  (map it!)

720 Justison St

Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 652-3474

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Joe's Crab Shack  (map it!)

600 South Madison St

Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 777-1803

http://www.joescrabshack.com/

Local Entertainment

Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts  (map it!)

200 S Madison St

Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 656-6466

http://www.thedcca.org/

Lodging

Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn  (map it!)

1807 Concord Pike

Wilmington, DE 19803

(302) 656-9436

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