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Doran Park

Bourne, MA

Home of the Bourne Braves

2.7

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Doran Park (map it)
220 Sandwich Rd
Bourne, MA 02553


Bourne Braves website

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Year Opened: 2006

Capacity: 3,000

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Bourne for Baseball

The Bourne Braves play in the league’s newest park, Doran Park, which opened behind the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School in 2006. Bourne has a lengthy baseball history dating all the way back to the 1860’s, and the Braves have played in the Cape Cod League since 1988, winning a league championship in 2009. Before moving to Doran Park, the Braves played at various sites in Bourne, including The Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Coady Field. The current field is dedicated to longtime Sagamore Beach resident and avid baseball fan George Doran Sr.

2.7

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    2

There is a small snack bar housed on the left field line. All the typical ballpark menu items are served here, such as hot dogs ($2.50), hamburgers ($3.50), and sausage sandwiches ($4). After ordering, you can proceed directly to the grill and pick up your food. Chili, chowder, and nachos are all available for $3. Fans looking for snacks can choose from Cape Cod potato chips (naturally), sunflower seeds, popcorn, and cracker jacks. Pre-packaged Friendly's ice cream sundaes are sold here for $3. Assorted Coca-Cola products are featured here for soft drinks.

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere at Doran Park is a baseball purist's dream. Absent are the silly promotions, loud music, and distractions that go along with so many minor league baseball games today. In the Cape Cod League, the game is the main attraction. The fans at the game do not need any of these extraneous details anyway, as they are very knowledgeable and passionate about their local teams. If you go to a few games on the Cape featuring the same team, you will begin to recognize some of the same faces, as many Cape fans follow their teams home and away. It's not hard to do when all the teams are within an hour's drive of each other.

Another constant at Cape League games are the kids. They are everywhere, chasing foul balls, rolling around on the grass, and playing their own games up on the hill behind Doran Park. A few of them actually watch the game as well. In Bourne, as with other local summer leagues, parents can easily afford to bring the whole family to a game without breaking the bank.

Neighborhood    2

Doran Park is located behind the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School in Bourne, just over the bridges of the Cape Cod Canal. The campus has a very large footprint in a very highly traveled area. There are a few places to eat and a few hotels within a couple miles of Doran Park, but the real action in Bourne happens on the other side of the canal. There you will find several campgrounds, trails, and a bustling downtown scene. The traffic in and around Bourne can be very tricky, especially on weekends and during peak tourist season. Give yourself extra time to get around town, especially if you need to travel over either of the bridges that span the canal.

Fans    2

Bourne typically ranks near the bottom of the Cape Cod League attendance rankings. Fans here are typical of those you would find elsewhere on the Cape, with a mix of locals and tourists taking in the action. As with other ballparks in this league, crowds grow as the season wears on into the meat of the tourist season. If you wish to avoid the larger crowds, get to a game in June, before school lets out and the heavy tourist season begins.

Access    3

Getting to Doran Park is very simple, aside from the traffic that often occurs in the area. Simply go over the Bourne Bridge and take a left off the rotary. Doran Park is located about a half mile up Sandwich Road on the right behind the high school. If coming over the Sagamore Bridge, take Exit 1C, double back to Sandwich Road, and the high school will be on your left.

Once inside Doran Park, you will notice that it is a combination of two different worlds. The third base (home) side of the park contains a beautifully landscaped and terraced berm along the infield for fans to spread out their blankets or lawn chairs. The snack bar and restrooms are located in the building located beyond the dugout, and there is a set of bleachers beyond the infield for people who do not bring their own seating. The press box, located behind home plate, contains an indoor team store, which contains a good selection of Braves' clothing and merchandise.

Once you cross over to the first base (visitors) side, everything changes. There is no grass here, and the ground is covered in dirt or wood chips. There is a set of bleachers here for fans to use, but little room for fans wishing to set up shop at field level. Fans who bring their own chairs can set them up on top of the hill behind the field. It's a good vantage point to take in the game from. Up here you will find kids playing catch and watching the action like eagles waiting for foul balls to come their way.

One issue fans will have with Doran Park is the fact that there are few unobstructed seats here. There is a great deal of netting that runs down both baselines. The dugouts, with their sloping roofs, block more views, and the snack bar takes up some prime real estate on the third base line. For unobstructed views, fans will need to sit far down the baselines, beyond the dugouts and snack bar.

Return on Investment    5

As is the case with all Cape Cod League games, there is no charge for admission at Doran Park. Free parking is also available in the large lot at the high school. Seasoned fans will bring their own refreshments, making it possible to take in the action featuring some of the best collegiate players in the country without spending any money. Even if you purchase refreshments, the prices are very reasonable.

Extras    2

There aren't a whole lot of extras when attending a game at Doran Park, and that's how it should be. The team does give out a roster sheet and a stat sheet to any fans requesting them, and the 50/50 has a bunch of prizes to give out, so many people go home winners, not just one.

Another interesting fact about this field is that much of the work done in building the ballpark, from construction to electrical work to wiring, was done by students. It seems fitting since Doran Park is located at a technical high school.

Final Thoughts

The Cape Cod League is considered by many to be the premier summer collegiate league in the nation. One out of seven major league players today played in this league. The ballparks here may lack the fancy amenities that today's minor league parks possess, but that doesn't make them any less appealing. All the teams in the Cape League are located within an hour's drive of each other, making Cape Cod a dream destination for any ballpark enthusiast.

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