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Official Review by Brian Jones, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Foley Field is the home of the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team, and it has been their home since 1966. The stadium, which holds 3,291 people, was renovated in 1990, which was the same year the Bulldogs won the College World Series.
The stadium has the nice college baseball feel to it, but major renovations are needed to keep up with the other baseball stadiums in the SEC. That’s why the Bulldogs are currently in the process of spending $12 million to give Foley Field an uplift.
It will be interesting to see the new renovations, but Foley Field is one of the better places, if not the best place to watch college baseball in Georgia.
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Out of all the college baseball stadiums I've been to in Georgia, UGA has the best when it comes to food. The variety is plentiful and the prices are not out of this world.
Not only can you get the normal peanuts, hot dogs and cracker jacks, Foley Field offers barbecue pork sandwiches, pizza, smoked sausage and funnel cake. They also have cinnamon pretzels, which is something I highly recommend.
And if you want to eat before the game, the Blind Pig Tavern is a great place to get some great food, and it's a five-minute drive from the stadium. It's a very popular spot during the football season.
One of the things that stands out for me about this stadium is the concourse. It's big, and very similar to what you would see at a professional baseball stadium.
Another good thing about Foley Field is the seats. They don't have the typical benches that are normally featured in college stadiums. Every fan that walks into the ballpark has their own seat, which makes watching the game more enjoyable.
And the scoreboard is one of the better ones in the region. It's almost like the scoreboard at Sanford Stadium, but a little smaller. This is another feature that makes the stadium stand out.
If you are looking for some great nightlife, then Flanagan's is the way to go. Boar's Head is not a bad place, either.
If you want to hear some good music, AthFest is like a smaller version of Bonnaroo or Hangout Fest. And what makes it more appealing is that it's absolutely free.
Another point of interest is the Terrapin Brewing Company. Considered one of the best breweries in the country, Terrapin is a place when tourists learn a lot about the company and beer in general.
The baseball team has a strong fan base, because the team is competitive year in and year out. So there is always a strong showing at Foley Field when it comes to attendance. The Bulldogs average close to 2,000 fans per game, which ranks in the top 40 among Division I programs.
Foley Field is located right off of Rutherford Street, which is where Stegman Coliseum and the Dan Magill Tennis Complex are also located. Because of that, there is parking right next to Foley Field, which is reserved. There is, however, a parking deck right next to the lot, and it will only cost you $5.
The only problem that Foley Field may have is location. For fans that live in the metro Atlanta area, it will take an over an hour to get to Athens. While that's fine for football games, getting to Foley Field is more of a challenge, especially for weekday games when there's rush hour traffic.
The concourse is wide, so there is no issue getting to and from your seat. And the restrooms are clean and look new for an older stadium.
Getting a ticket for a UGA baseball game will cost you no more than $10, and you get to watch a solid baseball team take on the rest of the teams in the SEC, which features some of the better baseball teams in the country. Add the fact that the food prices are reasonable and parking is inexpensive, going to a game at Foley Field is well worth the price of admission.
If you are in the area and want to see some good college baseball, Foley Field is the place to go.
One point goes to the promotions between innings. The marketing team always gets the fans involved and they don't slouch with the giveaways.
Another point goes to the statue of Frank Foley in front of the stadium. The majority of college stadiums are named after an influential person, but very few have a statue to honor him or her.
Another point goes to the outfield wall. The reason for that is on the wall there is a list of when the Bulldogs won the conference title, as well as the College World Series. It shows that they are no slouch when it comes to competing on the diamond.
Georgia will always be known as a football school, and Sanford Stadium is the most popular facility on campus. But the baseball team has held their own, and Foley Field brings in a good crowd on a consistent basis.
The stadium is older but it has kept up well. And the food and atmosphere makes fans want to come back. When the renovations are done, Foley Field could be the best college baseball experience in the region.
Member Review by Coachrob16 on Sep 17, 2014
Great view of the game from all the seats. We sat on the 3rd base side. Could use some extra concession stands and better options as well. Really like the setup and the location. Easy to get in and out of.
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