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Official Review by Paul Derrick, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
In 2001 Mandalay Sports Entertainment purchased the Shreveport Captains, and did so with the intent of moving them to the beautiful Dallas suburb of Frisco, just 35 miles from the Ballpark of Arlington. Dr Pepper Ballpark is where the Texas Rangers Double A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders play their home games. Absolutely unique and unlike any other are just a few phrases that I could use to describe this amazing ballpark. From the moment you walk under the huge Dr.Pepper Ballpark sign you will notice just how unique this park is from its bullpens built in the stands to the swimming pool in center field, Frisco definitely has one of the premier parks in the minors.
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RoughRiders Concessions are plentiful. They offer everything from nachos, BBQ, and mexican dishes to grilled chicken salads and the normal ballpark favorites. Prices are fair and typical for any ballpark. You can expect to pay around $7 for most of your meal options.
Surprising to me was the impressive beer selection the ballpark offered. Offering everything from the standard Budweiser and Coors to some variety choices like Shock Top and Shiner, a Texas brewed favorite. The beer prices were typical ranging around $7 for a 16-ounce draft. Overall Frisco does very well in giving you a variety of food and beverages at a decent price.
Dr Pepper Ballpark offers a little bit of everything. They have the bullpens that are built into the stands and make you feel even closer to the game, but at times I'm sure can be quite distracting to the bullpen guys. There is a fairly large pool in right center field that can be rented to host any kid's dream birthday party. There is also a section in left field that can be rented to host business meetings or parties.
The cheer squad does a great job keeping the kids, as well as the adults, entertained with between inning contests such as the flipper race, the hula hoop contest and the impossible challenge, which I unfortunately attempted in good fun.
Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and has plenty to offer as far as things to do and places to eat. There are plenty of restaurants within a couple of blocks of the park that are easily accessible. As far as entertainment, Frisco has it all from a mall within a mile from the ballpark to a couple of other minor league teams right in town. You can catch minor league hockey, FC Dallas of the MLS, and the newly started NBA D-League team Texas Legends while you're in town. Frisco gives any tourist or sports fan a variety of options.
The fans are passionate and support their team well. There are a wide array of fans from senior citizens to children not even old enough to walk, Frisco definitely offers something for all fans young and old. Average attendance is still a little low for what I think it should be for this park, given all of the amenities described earlier.
Accessibility to the stadium is pretty easy but costing $5 for some local parking which I thought was pretty normal. Bathrooms are plentiful and some of the cleanest I've seen in minor league baseball. There is no public transportation at this time, but I'm sure the way Frisco is growing it's only a matter of time. The only thing I'm not a big fan of is the tollway coming into Frisco, which adds to the cost of the trip.
The only thing that causes Frisco to lose any points in this category is their ticket prices. Tickets range from $13-$20, which I think is a tad steep for Minor League Baseball. I'm not saying it is not worth that, because it definitely is. Overall, you will definitely get what you paid for at Dr. Pepper Park. Food and Beer prices are industry standard and the excitement of the crowd and beauty of the park make this a must see for anyone traveling to Frisco.
One extra point because the front office for Frisco is beyond helpful, and is definitely all about the fans. Two, this is just an absolutely beautiful ballpark and a must see for any baseball fan headed to Frisco.
I could rant and rave for hours about why you should come watch the RoughRiders play, because I'm sure when you do you will agree it's just what the doctor ordered. Frisco offers one of the best minor league experiences you will find anywhere in the country.
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7600 John Q. Hammons Dr
Frisco, TX 75034