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Guv Fuller Field

Falmouth, MA

Home of the Falmouth Commodores

3.4

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Guv Fuller Field (map it)
790 Main St
Falmouth, MA 02540


Falmouth Commodores website

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Year Opened: 1963

Capacity: 2,000

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Fuller Cape Cod Experience

Guv Fuller Field is a combination baseball/football field in the city of Falmouth, Massachusetts. During the summer months the Arnie Allen Diamond serves as home to the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Falmouth has been playing in the Cape League since the early 1900’s, and has won six league titles in the modern era.

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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    3

Artie's Parties handles the concessions at Guv Fuller Field, operating a small stand behind the first base line. The menu is limited, with sausage and pepper sandwiches ($5.75), hot dogs ($2.75), hamburgers ($4.25), French fries ($3), and clam chowder ($4.25) comprising available items. Some snacks are also sold here, including fried dough ($4), popcorn ($2), chips ($1.50), and assorted candy ($1.50). Cans of Coca-Cola products can be had for $1.50. The prices here are a bit higher than at other spots on the Cape, but boy, that grill looks and smells great!

The Commodores have an indoor souvenir stand located on the first floor of the press box, offering a decent assortment of t-shirts, sweats, and hats.

Atmosphere    3

In Falmouth, as in the other Cape League towns, baseball is presented without a great deal of hoopla. The game is the attraction here. Although the Commodores play music in between innings (something you don't find at a lot of Cape League parks), it's not as intrusive as you would find at most minor league parks. Likewise, there isn't a lot of cheesy between inning promotions here. It's a baseball purist's dream, and frankly, a big reason why a lot of people attend games here.

Neighborhood    5

An argument can be made that Guv Fuller Field has the best surrounding neighborhood of all the Cape Cod League venues. It is located right on Main Street, close to Falmouth's bustling shopping district. For fans who would want a more traditional Cape Cod feel, downtown Falmouth is less than a half mile away. This stretch of road contains a multitude of shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bars. It's a great place to spend some time either before or after a Commodores game. Located a short distance from Main Street in either direction are some of the most popular beaches on the Cape.

If you follow Woods Hole Road about 5 miles out of Falmouth, you will find yourself in Woods Hole, which contains another quaint harbor filled with more shops, pubs, and restaurants. From here you can catch a ferry to Martha's Vineyard, another must-see stop for any travelers to the area.

Fans    2

Surprisingly, the Commodores consistently rank near the bottom of the Cape League in attendance. As is the case with all the teams on the Cape, attendance starts off slow in June and picks up with the onset of the tourist season in July and August. If you want to avoid the big crowds, visit early in the season. Guv Fuller's downtown location ensures that getting around town will take you much longer when the tourists come.

The fans in Falmouth are what you would expect from any Cape League team. There is a mix of locals and tourists, retirees and families, all here to take in some of the best summer collegiate wood bat baseball in the nation. Many Cape League fans follow their home town team religiously home and away. If you come to several games you are sure to start recognizing some familiar faces.

Access    4

Guv Fuller Field is easy to get to, located right on Route 28 (also known as Main St) right behind the police station and Gus Canty Recreation Center in downtown Falmouth. If traveling from off-Cape, simply follow Route 28 over the Bourne Bridge, and take a left turn onto Main Street. Follow Main St for about a mile, and the Recreation Center will be on your left. There is a decent sized parking lot available for fans at no charge.

Once inside Guv Fuller Field, you will notice that it has a more finished feel to it than other Cape League venues. There are paved paths to guide you to the area you want to sit, at least on the larger home side of the field.

Seating is available in the form of a large set of new bleachers directly behind the Falmouth dugout. The bleachers are close to the field, and there are no nets to obstruct your view, at least not as of the 2014 season. The team has plans to erect netting along with a new backstop and sound system when funds are raised. A smaller set of bleachers is located on the third base side of the field, as well as a large set of bleachers down the right field line. These bleachers are made for the football field, and face directly out to center field. If you sit here, you'll need a chiropractor afterwards. In addition, there is room to spread out your blankets or set up lawn chairs should you want to bring your own. It's a Cape League tradition at most of the parks, and prime real estate is set aside here in Falmouth for that purpose.

Restrooms are available in the Rec Center next door, but don't wait until the last minute if you need to go. It's a decent walk there, especially in an emergency.

If the kids get bored with the ball game going on, they can walk over to the playground or basketball courts located behind the right field stands.

Return on Investment    5

As with all Cape Cod League venues, admission to Commodores games is free of charge. They will accept a donation of a few dollars to help offset operating costs, but this is voluntary. In return for your donation, you will get a roster sheet and another sheet with some helpful hints and trivia about the Commodores and Guv Fuller Field. Parking is free in the Gus Canty Recreation Center parking lot or behind the ballpark at the Falmouth Senior Center on Dillingham Street. Plan to get there early as these spots fill up quickly.

Veteran Commodore fans will bring their own refreshments to the game, further lowering the cost of attendance. It is entirely possible to attend a Falmouth Commodores game without paying a single cent.

Extras    2

At Guv Fuller Field, there are not a whole lot of extraneous bells and whistles to add to the game day experience, and that is entirely by design. In the Cape League, the game itself is the draw. The team does offer free roster sheets to fans, and there is a 50/50 raffle with many prizes provided by local sponsors. If you want an elaborate game day presentation, you better look off-Cape.

Final Thoughts

The Cape Cod League is considered by many to be the premier summer collegiate league in the nation. One out of every seven major leaguers playing today got their start on the Cape's pastoral fields. Falmouth, with its downtown location and nearby beaches, is near the top of many tourists' wish lists when visiting the Cape. With all ten league teams located within an hour of each other, there is no need to choose just one field. It's entirely possible to visit them all during your vacation to the Cape.

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