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Fifth Third Field

Toledo, OH

Home of the Toledo Mud Hens

4.4

4.4

Fifth Third Field (map it)
406 Washington St
Toledo, OH 43604


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Year Opened: 2002

Capacity: 8,943

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Holy Toledo!

The Toledo Mud Hens trace their heritage back all the way to 1883. Some of the deepest roots in all of baseball are probably most famous for their link to an iconic television show. Toledo native Jamie Farr had a love of the Mud Hens in his role on the iconic TV show MASH. Farr's character, Max Klinger, also hailed from Toledo and was routinely seen sporting a Toledo Mud Hens cap or shirt, when he wasn't wearing a dress. MASH may have temporarily brought the Mud Hens some national notoriety, but they are far more than just a punchline on a sitcom. In 2016, the not-for-profit team remains the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, playing in the International League. History runs deep in Toledo, with championships being claimed in 1927, 1968, 2005 and 2006.

The Hens make their nest in a jewel of a ballpark in downtown Toledo. Fifth Third Field was built in 2002 and is the centerpiece in the downtown neighborhood now known as Hensville. The naming rights for the ballpark are held by Fifth Third Bank. The original ballpark was located near marshland which was inhabited by the American Coots, a bird commonly known as a mud hen. The Mud Hens experience is the quintessential Minor League Baseball experience and Toledo is a quintessential minor league town. The opportunity to catch some baseball at Fifth Third Field will undoubtedly have fans screaming, “Holy Toledo!”

4.4

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    5

Fifth Third Field offers culinary selections that are as good as any other park in Minor League Baseball. Food is a huge part of the Toledo Mud Hens experience. The Mud Hens provide ads, plans and brochures to help the fan find that perfect concession to go with the game experience. There are a number of different concession spots, each with some unique fare. All of the expected items can be found, of course, including hot dogs ($3.25), brats, polish sausage, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, fries, nachos, tacos, peanuts, pretzels, Cracker Jack, and ice cream. The pizza onsite is from Marco's ($5.00).

You can also find a number of more interesting items that are unique and tasty. The Hen and Hound has a variety of gourmet hot dogs, including the mac & cheese, Muddy, Heater, and Georgia. Other interesting items include waffle bites, chili cheese fries, quesadillas, and burritos. Fifth Third Field goes out of the way to hit the sweet tooth. You may be interested in Nutella Poppers, Caramel Apple Nachos or the Strawberry Belgian Waffle. The signature stand might just be the Farr out Funnels, which has a massive selection of funnel cakes with different toppings.

Fountain soft drinks are sold at most of the stands ($2.25/$3.50/$4.75) and feature Pepsi products. Bottles can be found at many stands as well for $3.50. Water, juice and coffee can be easily found throughout the park. There is a decent selection of beer throughout the concourses. Draft options include Budweiser, Bud Light and Shock Top ($7.50/$8.50). Bottles can also be found and varieties include Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Michelob Ultra, Yuengling and Labatt Blue. The Mexican stand sells margaritas for those not in the mood for beer and Barefoot wines come in four varieties sold in plastic, beer-sized bottles.

Atmosphere    5

The atmosphere for a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field is about as good as you can ask for. Outside of the stadium, Fifth Third Field is very attractive with a combination of red brick and grey stone, which gives it a classic, yet modern look. When building Fifth Third Field in 2002, older buildings in Toledo were required to be incorporated as part of the stadium. The stadium fits in perfectly with the older buildings, which can be seen in right field and are used as part of the team merchandise store and Coop party deck and Roost seating area.

The streets surrounding Fifth Third Field have been renamed for important figures in Mud Hens history, including Henry Morse, Ned Skeldon and Gene Cook. All had a hand in bringing baseball back to Toledo. The small square behind the home plate has also been named for a significant figure in Toledo baseball history. Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first African-American Major League player and he played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884. The square where the ticket windows are located has been named Moses Fleetwood Walker Square. Outside the stadium, fans must make a bit of a trek to find the "Who's Up?" bronze statue, which brings baseball back to a more innocent and special time.

Entering the stadium, fans should take notice of the unique gates which incorporate a variety of baseball gloves, another attention to detail. The seating area is two tiered, with the club level on the second deck. Luxury boxes and the press box are behind the club section in the upper deck. Seats are the newer, plastic stadium seats, which seem to be commonplace in ballparks around the country. Some alternate seating areas in the park include the left field Coop Party Deck and the Fowl Pole Patio or the right side's Nest Party Deck. Rooftop seating is also available above the Nine in right field. Fleetwood's, on the other side of St. Clair Street also offers rooftop seating. The kids play area can be found in dead center field and the video board is in left. In the center field square area you can also find another bronze statue similar to "Who's Up?" "I Got It" also brings fans back to a simpler time in the sport. The nod to Mud Hens history continues with the retired numbers on the second deck facia on the left field side of the park. Numbers are retired for Gene Cook and Larry Parrish and an memorial for former broadcaster Frank Gilhooley can be found with the numbers.

The in-game production is what you would find at a typical Minor League game. The Mud Hens promo team does a pretty good job of keeping the fans engaged. They select the "0 For" player of the game, offering a promotional discount if a selected player on the opposing team goes hitless. The Toledo mascots Muddy and Muddonna travel the stadium and entertain the crowd and kids especially. The music and commercials are not overboard and the experience is absolutely enjoyable for all fans. Free WiFi is also available for those wanting extra stats, or a distraction from the on-field action.

Neighborhood    5

The neighborhood surrounding Fifth Third Field has been branded Hensville and has become more of an entertainment district in the city. There are a number of interesting spots to eat or drink before or after the game and a quick trip around the outside of the ballpark might be a good idea to find the right restaurant. Some options include Ye Olde Dirty Bird, Blarney Irish Pub, Ye Olde Cock and Bull, The Bronze Boar and Nine. A pretty good option is Fleetwood's Tap Room, which is right across St. Clair Street.

Right beside Fleetwood's is Hensville Park which often houses outdoor concerts or Mud Hens' promotions during the summer. The SeaGate Convention Centre is up the street from Fifth Third Field and Imagine Station is a good spot to take the kids. A bit of a drive from the ballpark is the Toledo Zoo, but it is one of the better zoos you can find and well worth the time. There are also a few other sporting options in Toledo. The nearby Huntington Center is the home of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye. The University of Toledo is not too far away. Toledo Rockets football can be found at the fantastic Glass Bowl, and basketball can be found at Savage Arena.

There are not a ton of options for hotels right by the ballpark. One option within walking distance is the Park Inn Toledo.

Fans    5

Fifth Third Field has one of the smaller capacities in the International League. At under 9,000 seats, Fifth Third Field offers the ability to provide an intimate atmosphere where it almost always feels like a sellout. The fans in Toledo have responded in kind. From 2013 to 2016 the average attendance at Mud Hens games has been a steady 7,600 fans. This puts the Mud Hens in the middle of the pack with regards to attendance in the International League. However, the smaller capacity makes this a great spot to be.

The fans at Mud Hens games are intelligent, friendly and definitely into their Mud Hens. They are not over the top and fairly laid back, but you will absolutely know when something big happens on the field.

Access    4

Getting in and around Fifth Third Field is not too difficult. Fifth Third Field is located in downtown Toledo, west of the Maumee River and a half mile east of I-75 in the neighborhood of Center City. Access to the interstate is not terrible, but if you are driving in from a distance, you will have to maneuver some city streets to get to Fifth Third Field.

There are some city buses that travel on Summit St and Jefferson Ave, if you are interested in public transit. Head to the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority website for fares, maps and schedules.

There are some surface parking lots that are close to the ballpark. You are probably looking at between $10 and $20 for parking, which is a bit on the expensive side.

The main ticketing gate is on the west side of the ballpark at the home plate gate. It is outdoor and not normally busy. Other gates can be found around the park on Monroe and Washington Streets.

Moving around the ballpark is not an issue. Concourses are wide enough for travel and washroom facilities at the ballpark are pretty good.

Return on Investment    5

There is great value in a Toledo Mud Hens game. Tickets for the Mud Hens go for $15 for club seats and $12 for lower deck seating. Concession prices are pretty good and parking can be a little high. The Mud Hens provide a great experience in a fantastic atmosphere that any baseball traveler would be interested in. The end result is an experience that the whole family can enjoy for not much in the way of investment. The return is more than enough for the investment that the fan puts in.

Extras    2

An extra mark for the attention to history that the Mud Hens have paid. Specifically the Moses Fleetwood Walker Square and the two bronze statues offer a unique take on the history of baseball not found in many other places.

An extra mark for the Jamie Farr connection that the Mud Hens have.

Final Thoughts

A trip to see the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field is well worth your time and money. Fans young and old will quickly see why Max Klinger of MASH was so enamored with the team. One trip to see the Mud Hens and you will definitely be yelling out "Holy Toledo!"

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Have a picnic

One small correction, Center Field is picnic tables not bleachers.

by az7886422 | Mar 21, 2012 12:44 AM

Fun for the whole family

This is a great, all inclusive review of Toledo's Fifth Third Field. What a great venue to take the whole family for an afternoon or evening baseball game. From the easy parking to the cheap ticket prices to the great food inside the stadium, this is an absolute win baseball fans and families alike. GO TO TOLEDO AND SEE TJE
MUD HENS!

by conradklank | May 31, 2012 04:46 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Toledo's Mud Hen Pen

Total Score: 4.14

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

Built to replace the architecturally-bland Ned Skeldon Stadium, Fifth Third Field was completed in 2002. Instantly, it drew rave reviews from fans and ballpark connoisseurs.

Newsweek writer Mark Starr wrote Fifth Third was the best venue to watch minor league baseball and other publications gushed at unique features within the new park. The home of the Toledo Mud Hens became an overnight success - a shining example for smaller-scale stadiums that followed.

Klinger

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 2

Great place- wonderful location, good food, and outstanding baseball fans. Ohio is home to several wonderful parks, and this one is right up with the best!

MY MUD HENS BASEBALL EXPERIENCE

Total Score: 5.00

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

I've been to Fifth Third Field many times and always had a great time. They have great "between inning" fun like goofy contests and races, they have a humorous PA or public address announcer. The atmosphere is very neutral when nothing's going on, but it get's louder at times when something exciting's happening and with that, on the video screen, it'll read "get louder" with a "noise meter" as well as Muddy the Mud Hen putting his hands around both of his ears one at a time from left to right reading "I cant hear you". The food is so delicious especially the french fries. When you go, I recommend that you bring comfortable walking shoes, money for the "swamp shop" gift store and a seat pad. it's fun and inexpensive, so why pass up a wonderful opportunity such as this. So get out this season(2012) for a Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Game.

To Toledo

Total Score: 4.29

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

The state of Ohio is probably known more as a football state overall than a baseball state. However, if I were to recommend you take a minor league ballpark road trip through one state, it would be Ohio. There is a prevalence of unique downtown parks in the Buckeye State, and the home of the Toledo Mud Hens is no exception.

Fifth Third Field (one of two ballparks with that name, as the Dayton Dragons play at their own Fifth Third Field) was opened in 2002, and sits just two blocks away from the Huntington Center, home of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. There are many great examples of downtown minor league ballparks that are meant to lead a revitalization, and this is one of them.

The Mud Hens have been the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers since 1987, but the history between those two franchises dates back as far as the 1934 season. The team announced in late 2011 that the affiliation will continue through at least 2016.

Baseball dates back as far as 1883 in Toledo. In 1884, Moses “Fleetwood” Walker played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, and became the first African-American player to play in the major leagues. He went on to play in only 42 games professionally. The corner near the main entrance to Fifth Third Field is known as Moses Fleetwood Walker Square, and there is a plaque to honor the pioneer.

Finally!

Total Score: 4.43

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

I have long wanted to "experience the joy of Mudville," as it says on their tickets, and was finally able to do so this past April. I found the stadium to be every bit as nice as I had heard about and hoped for, and the neighborhood to be even better than I expected. It was bitterly cold when I went--nothing the team could have done about that--but it was curious that main promotional item being pushed was a local ice cream. Maybe call an audible when it's 30 degrees out?! That aside, it was a great experience, & I can't wait to get back!

Mud Ducks

Total Score: 4.43

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

An absolute gem in Toledo, OH. Very affordable, easy to get to, great food selections, and the crowd is great. And the stadium itself is just phenomenal. Not a bad seat in the place. Highly recommend if in the area for a home game!

Toledo is A-Ok!

Total Score: 4.29

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

Toledo was the first stop on my 4 stadium adventure. I'd rank it ahead of Columbus and Akron, but not as awesome as Fort Wayne. The seating bowl was fantastic with the most legroom of the weekend and very comfortable seats even for a bigger dude such as myself. The people were amazingly friendly, and the food was vast, and awesome. I'm a big fan of Toledo.

An Original Ballpark with a Plain Corporate Name

Total Score: 4.29

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

This ballpark has plenty of unique features to please any ballpark fan. There is lots of standing room throughout, unique seating areas, a large store carrying tons of merchandise featuring one of the best logos in all of minor league baseball. Tony Packo's right across the street is a must visit for anyone who enjoys hot dogs or remembers the TV shoe M*A*S*H*.

Home Runs and Hens

Total Score: 4.29

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

Fifth Third Field (one of two ballparks with that name, as the Dayton Dragons play at their own Fifth Third Field) was opened in 2002, and sits just two blocks away from the Huntington Center, home of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. There are many great examples of downtown minor league ballparks that are meant to lead a revitalization, and this is one of them.

The Mud Hens have been the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers since 1987, but the history between those two franchises dates back as far as the 1934 season. The team announced in late 2011 that the affiliation will continue through at least 2016.

Baseball dates back as far as 1883 in Toledo. In 1884, Moses “Fleetwood” Walker played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, and became the first African-American player to play in the major leagues. He went on to play in only 42 games professionally. The corner near the main entrance to Fifth Third Field is known as Moses Fleetwood Walker Square, and there is a plaque to honor the pioneer.

Great Ballpark

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Small, friendly and an amazing atmosphere make this ballpark a must on a kind of ballpark tour. Within the immediate neighborhood of the ball park you will find some nice restaurants and bars but two blocks past that and Toledo get scary. The food and beers inside the stadium are great, with a wide selection of both. Just make sure you park right next to the stadium for your general safety.

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Tony Packo's  (map it!)

1902 Front St

Toledo, OH 43605

(419) 691-6054

http://www.tonypackos.com/

Blarney Irish Pub  (map it!)

601 Monroe St

Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 418-2339

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Pizza Papalis  (map it!)

519 Monroe St

Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 244-7722

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Ye Olde Durty Bird  (map it!)

2 S St Clair

Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 243-2473

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Fleetwood's Tap Room  (map it!)

28 N. Clair St.

Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 724-2337

http://www.fleetwoodshensville.com/

Nine at Hensville  (map it!)

9 N. St. Clair St.

Toledo, OH 43605

(419) 724-4499

http://www.hensvilletoledo.com/nine/

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Toledo Museum of Art  (map it!)

2445 Monroe St

Toledo, OH 43620

(419) 255-8000

http://www.toledomuseum.org/

Toledo Zoo  (map it!)

2 Hippo Way

Toledo, OH 43609

(419) 385-4040

http://www.toledozoo.org/

SeaGate Convention Center  (map it!)

401 Jefferson Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 255-3300

http://www.toledo-seagate.com/

Imagination Station  (map it!)

1 Discovery Way

Toledo, OH 43604

(416) 244-2674

http://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/

Lodging

Holiday Inn Express Toledo-Oregon  (map it!)

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(419) 691-8800

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Park Inn Toledo  (map it!)

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Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 241-3000

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