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Official Review by Michael Davis, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
On April 3, 2003, Dr Pepper Ballpark located in Frisco, Texas opened just 35 miles from Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers). Dr Pepper Ballpark is home to the Texas Rangers’ Double A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders. The ballpark was built by one of the best architecture firms, HKS, Inc., and is both unique and unlike any other. The infrastructure for the ballpark has the feel of a condo or apartment village with a dirt path and trees inside the property, which is used as an alternate concourse. This definitely is one of the premier parks in the minor leagues. There is about 8,000 seats inside Dr Pepper Ballpark, however, a general admission area located on the outfield grass berm brings an additional 2,000 people so the total seating capacity listed is 10,316. The field dimensions are 335 feet down the lines, 364 feet in the power alleys, and 409 feet to straight away center field. In addition to a cutting edge ballpark, the Frisco RoughRiders have a history of success, having won the 2004 Texas League Championship. If you’re in the Dallas area, be sure to give Dr. Pepper Ballpark and the Frisco RoughRiders a visit in your spare time.
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There are plenty of food options inside the ballpark. The RoughRiders concessions offers up traditional ballpark fare including hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, pizza, peanuts, and pretzels. Dr. Pepper Ballpark features a few great signature items as well. Smokie's Sausage Shack serves Johnsonville meat. A foot long bratwurst costs $7 but a regular bratwurst, Italian sausage, or jalapeno cheddar bratwurst will be a little cheaper in price at $5.25. The Steakadelphia stand serves Philly cheesesteak and chicken sandwiches at a price of $7.50. Fletcher Corny Dogs and Funnel Cakes provides a familiar Texas State Fair summer taste and smell during the baseball season. Since Dr Pepper is the sponsor of the ballpark, the soda options include Dr Pepper and 7-Up products, and a regular soda will cost you $4.25. Though the price is a bit steep, the value of having a souvenir soda cup for $5.00 is well worth the extra cost. Other non-alcoholic beverage options include a 20 ounce Snapple or bottled water for $4.
The alcoholic beverages provided are above average compared to other venues. While you'll find your standard Budweiser and Coors, there is also a variety of additional choices like Shock Top and Shiner. The beer prices are $5.50 for a 16 ounce draft to $7.50 for a larger 24 ounce beer. There is a house wine available for $6.50 a glass. If you are looking for more of a selection, then the Bull Moose Saloon near the left field foul pole offers a place out of the sun, along with TVs, beer, wine, and spirits.
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. The bullpens are built into the stands, which makes you feel closer to the on-field action. There is the Kroger pool area in right center field available for up to 25 people which can be rented to host parties. In left field, there is a party deck that can be rented to host business meetings or parties. There is a playground for fans between the ages of 5-10 that is open through the 8th inning. Frisco keeps fans engaged between innings as Deuce, the mascot, and cheer squad entertain with contests. The overall atmosphere is a very entertaining one and well worth a trip to take in the experience.
Frisco is located 25 miles north of downtown Dallas. With a population about 150,000, Frisco has become one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Dr. Pepper Ballpark is located off of the Dallas North Tollway next to the Stonebriar Mall and the Dr Pepper Arena. Dr. Pepper Arena serves as home court for the Texas Legends of the NBA developmental league and also houses the office space for the Dallas Stars. There are plenty of restaurants within a couple of blocks of the park such as Wild Pitch Sports Bar & Grill, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, or The Tap House Gastro Kitchen and Bar that are easily accessible. As far as entertainment, Frisco has a lot to offer from a mall next to the ballpark, to nearby Toyota Stadium, home to FC Dallas of the MLS.
The strong attendance shows that the fans really support the RoughRiders especially since the parent club is only a short drive away from Frisco. Fans show their support by wearing team jerseys, hats, and other RoughRiders apparel. Of course, Rangers apparel is well represented around Dr Pepper Ballpark. The fans are knowledgeable and proud of being a minor league pipeline to the Texas Rangers.
With Dr Pepper Ballpark being located 25 miles from both downtown Dallas and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the stadium is accessible by multiple modes of transit. If traveling from downtown Dallas, the drive is rather easy to make as the ballpark is just off the Dallas North Tollway. From the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, use Highway 121 towards McKinney, Texas to get to the ballpark. There are two parking garages and three lots that open two and a half hours before game time. Parking cost $10 around the ballpark unless it is purchased in advance, in which the cost is $5. However, free parking is available at the Stonebriar Mall just a couple of blocks away from the ballpark near the outfield entrances.
There are three main entrances: center field gate, left field gate, and home plate gate. The ticket and will call offices are located near home plate on the first base side of the ballpark (on RoughRiders Trail).
The ballpark infrastructure has eight pavilions. These pavilions house the concession stands, the concourse, and suites on the second level. There are two ways to navigate around the ballpark: the inside concourse down the baselines or on the other side of the pavilions. The outside path is unique compared to other ballparks as the access is a dirt trail through trees that continues around the ballpark. The location of the bathrooms are on the backside of the pavilions. The signage around the ballpark is easy to read and provides a wonderful guide. There is no public transportation at this time to Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Tickets typically run between $7-$19, however, there is a sales tax that will be charged raising the listed price. The location of Dr. Pepper Ballpark being off the Tollway adds to the cost as well, along with not allowing outside food and drinks inside Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Although, the cost can be reduced some with free parking at the mall. The ballpark does have nightly promotions and ticket plans that help with the return on investment. Overall, Dr. Pepper Ballpark is unique and features a wonderful atmosphere, so it is a must see for anyone that loves baseball or is visiting the Frisco area.
-The unique architecture and beauty of Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
-The Roughriders' Teddy Roosevelt logo is an interesting twist in minor league apparel.
-The Frisco Roughriders role in the Texas Rangers Organization which supported two trips to the World Series.
Frisco offers one of the best minor league experiences you will find anywhere in the country. With Frisco becoming a tourist hot bed, the trip to Dr Pepper Ballpark should be on any sports fan's list.
Member Review by pderrick
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.
2390 Parkwood Blvd
Frisco, TX 75034
2440 Parkwood Blvd
Frisco, TX 75034
7600 John Q. Hammons Dr
Frisco, TX 75034