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Fraser Field

Lynn, MA

Home of the North Shore Navigators

2.6

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Fraser Field (map it)
365 Western Ave
Lynn, MA 01904


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Year Opened: 1940

Capacity: 3,804

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Not too many ballparks still in use today can trace their origins all the way back to the New Deal. Built as part of the WPA, Fraser Field features a distinctive cantilevered roof, and has been called home by several different professional teams, both affiliated and independent, over its history. Back in the 1940’s Fraser Field was a popular spot for barnstorming teams to stop in to play a game on an off-day, and many baseball Hall of Famers have played on the Fraser Field diamond, including Ted Williams, Roy Campanella, Bob Feller, Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson.

Since 2008 the North Shore Navigators moved into Fraser Field, initially as a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and since 2012 as a member of the Futures League. The Navigators won a NECBL title in 2010 before moving to the newer summer league.

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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    2

There is a single small concession stand behind home plate on the concourse, offering a limited menu. Dollar hot dogs are the centerpiece of the offerings here, but hungry Navigator fans can purchase nachos ($4), popcorn ($2), chips ($1), cracker jacks ($1), and ice cream sandwiches ($2). Bottles of Pepsi products can be found for $3, as well as fried dough for $4. Fans wanting a little more variety can purchase burgers at the nearby grill for $4.50, and if an adult beverage tickles your fancy, cans of Budweiser products are available for $4.50.

Atmosphere    2

The atmosphere at a Navigators game is a very laid back one. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be by design. The PA system at Fraser Field is often overwhelmed by the PA of its next door neighbor at Manning Field. In some parts of the seating area it is easier to hear the soccer announcements than the announcements for the game you are attending. There is a mascot, Chomps the Gator, roaming around the stands, and a play area behind the seating bowl featuring a small jungle gym and a couple of inflatables for the kids. Other than this, there isn't a whole lot going on at Fraser Field to distract you from the action.

Neighborhood    2

The city of Lynn is a working class city of 90,000 citizens located about 10 miles northeast of Boston. The city has a reputation of having a high crime rate and poor standard of living. In fact, it is known derisively in these parts as "Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin." However, the city is enjoying a mild resurgence, as young urban professionals are moving to the North Shore to avoid the high prices of neighboring Boston while still retaining the urban atmosphere. Lynn has some fine beaches, and the popular Lynn Woods Reservation is located within its city limits.

The area around Fraser Field can hardly be considered a destination, particularly when you consider the proximity of the North End of Boston, the popular beaches of the North Shore, or the tourist destinations located throughout Greater Boston. The few blocks immediately surrounding Fraser Field are residential, and fans looking for more to do in Lynn will have to widen their search. For those fans looking to stay in the vicinity of Fraser Field, there are many small businesses and restaurants located within a few blocks of the ballpark further downtown on Route 107.

Fans    3

Fans have supported the Navigators well, averaging over 1,000 fans per game at Fraser Field over the course of the team's tenure in the Futures League. The downside of having a crowd of this size in a park such as Fraser Field is that the park still looks quite empty. The good news is that when going to a game here, you are going to have your pick of seats. The fans that do show up to support the Navigators are knowledgeable and supportive of the local nine.

Access    3

Lynn's location so close to the city of Boston ensures that it is well served by public transportation. There is an MBTA commuter rail station just over a mile from Fraser Field, which can deposit travelers at Boston's North Station in just over 20 minutes. In addition, the MBTA's bus routes #435 and 436 have stops within walking distance of Fraser Field.

Driving is still the preferred method to getting to Fraser Field. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get to the ballpark. The city of Lynn is best accessed by taking Route 1 to Route 129 and following the signs on the local streets to Fraser Field. Be warned, these roads are well traveled and full of cars no matter when you are coming. Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive, and bring a friend who knows the crooked, crowded streets in this area. You'll be glad you did.

Parking is available on street around Fraser Field, or in two small lots adjacent to Manning Field. There is no charge for parking at Navigators games.

Once inside Fraser Field, you will find plenty of room to walk around. There is a large grassy area inside the gates, and a paved lot where the team has set up the bouncey houses. A small building on the first base side of the field houses some historical items and the bathrooms. You enter the seating bowl at the top, with the seats spread out below. The upper seats are bleachers, and the seats closer to the field are individual plastic seats. Everything is sold as general admission, so you have a multitude of choices of where to sit. The cantilevered roof provides shade to the upper seats if you are so inclined.

Return on Investment    4

All seats here are sold as general admission, costing $6. It's a little higher price than you will find at most local summer collegiate ballparks, but right in line with other parks in the Futures League. Parking is free in the nearby lots or on-street around the ballpark. Food is affordably priced as well, in particular the dollar hot dogs.

Extras    2

There's not a whole lot that can be considered "extra" here at Fraser Field. The team works hard to create a family friendly atmosphere, with areas for kids to run around and let off some steam while their parents watch some quality baseball.

A second extra point is awarded for the sense of history present at Fraser Field. While this ballpark may not have aged all that gracefully, it is still quite serviceable for this level of ball. If you get a chance, check out the display in the first base building that highlights some of the all-time greats that have played at Fraser Field. Several Hall of Famers, local legends, and Red Sox greats have visited in the past.

Final Thoughts

The Futures League has moved into several abandoned parks that formerly hosted minor league baseball teams. This formula seems to be working well, as five of the six teams playing in these old parks are averaging over 1,000 fans per game. In contrast to their more subdued neighbors in the NECBL and Cape Cod League, the Futures League features a game day experience closer to what you would find in the minor leagues. In Lynn, a city that has experienced its share of professional baseball over the years, it's a familiar and comfortable fit.

Fraser Field Celebrates 75th Anniversary Season Coming Up

Fraser Field 75th Anniversary it's Going be to Party
Past Teams who Played at Fraser before the Navigators
Could Reunion of Night and High School Spring Sports Season on the North Shore
Concludes

by redthunder81 | Dec 24, 2014 03:52 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Fraser Field Wants Be Toughest to Place for Visting Teams

Total Score: 3.43

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

in 2015 Fraser Field Celebrates 75th Anniversary
in Lynn Next Summer
Needs Improvement

Fraser Field Celebrates 75th Anniversary Season Coming Up

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

2015 Season for the North Shore Navigators
Fraser Field 75th Commences on June 6th
This is Second Toughest Places Play in the FCBL
Come Opening Night will Be Loud
Fraser Field Going Strong
75 Years

Fraser Field Celebrates 75th Anniversary Season

Total Score: 4.29

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

Teams Who Played at Fraser
Will Flashback of Sorts
this Crown of Jewels of North Shore

Fraser Field is this Season

Total Score: 4.57

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

2015 FCBL All Star Game will Here at Fraser
and Fraser Field 75th Anniversary Party
Will Commence on Opening Night

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