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Official Review by Paul Derrick, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Just about 20 miles north of the Mexican Border lies the home of the North American League Edinburg Roadrunners. Edinburg Baseball Stadium is a city-owned facility that the city seems to not want a lot to do with. The park has stadium seats in the central areas and aluminum benches down the lines. The stadium also consists of several luxury suites to the left and right of the press box.
There is no portal through the press box building, so one must go around the building to reach even the home-plate seats, which I found to be very very inconvenient. One interesting and quite humorous thing I noticed was that the team just recently changed their name in 2009 from the Coyotes to the Roadrunners. I guess once again the Roadrunner prevailed.
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Well, this one is going to be kind of hard to rate. Let me start by saying that I went to a day game which happened to be kids day, so there were about 3,000 screaming middle schoolers there. For that reason I can't really rate how good their concessions were only on the variety of their concessions because I never got to try anything due to the massive lines of kids at each concession booth.
Edinburg does carry the normal ballpark selections of peanuts, hot dogs, and burgers, as well as some other variety selections like personal pizzas and my favorite Takis (fried tortilla bread). Overall it seems like they have a nice variety, and everything seems to be fairly priced.
The stadium is currently owned by the city, and in talking with the staff they are having some issues in getting problems fixed. While I was there, their PA system was out of commission and they did not know when the county was going to come fix it, so they just had some massive speakers placed throughout the stadium to provide the audio. As far as the audio, I definitely could have done without the PA announcer. The PA announcer was the absolute worse one that I have run into, from the annoying way he announced players names to the horrible way he mispronounced opposing players names. Overall not the best atmosphere for a baseball fan.
To be honest there isn't a whole lot in Edinburg. I didn't find very many attractions besides the Roadrunners that caught my eye. Edinburg is a big ranching community so you will see tons of ranches on the outskirts of town. One thing that did catch my eye that I would recommend checking out is the South Texas History Museum. The museum has a large collection of exhibits and artifacts from the Mexican War, Rio Grande Steamboat Era and Civil War. The thing I found most interesting was that part of the museum is the 1910 County Jail and includes a hangman's trap that was used for a public execution in 1913.
There were only about 100 fans outside of the 3000 kids that were in attendance. The kids that were in attendance were definitely excited to be there though. The kids cheered on the Roadrunners from inning one and were right there along with the PA announcer in every cheer and chant. I did see some of the adult fans keeping score, and they did seem quite knowledgeable about the game.
Access to the stadium isn't that bad if you're headed to Mexico for your next vacation. It's just off Highway 281, and the stadium isn't very hard to find.
Parking is free which is always a definite plus. Bathrooms can be tricky to get to since there is no portal through the press box area so you have to walk ALL THE WAY AROUND the press box just to be able to get to the bathrooms or concessions.
Nothing to write home about here ladies and gentleman. It's just independent league baseball, and not at its best. The North American League is an up and coming league, now in it's 4th year, and Edinburg has been a playoff team every season so far. This has yet to bring baseball to the forefront in Edinburg. With ticket prices ranging from 6 to 8 bucks though it's still worth watching if you ever end up in the Edinburg area.
There are not a lot of extras at all to talk about at this ballpark. I do have to say that the staff was very accommodating. I spent a bit of time seeing the suite experience, and I would highly recommend shelling out the money for one if you attend a day game because the temperatures reach triple digits quite frequently in Edinburg.
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2006 South Closner Boulevard
Edinburg, TX 78539