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Official Review by Paul Derrick, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Houston Baptist University was founded in 1960 and the Huskies currently call Husky Field, with a capacity of only 500, home to their baseball team. However don’t let the capacity of only 500 fans fool you. The atmosphere at Husky Field is just what any collegiate baseball fan could ask for.
The Huskies are currently in the Great West conference but will be making the move to the better known Southland conference in 2013, something that should not only help their following but should also increase the revenue into the university. Husky Field was opened in 1993 and boasts one of the nicest playing surfaces in the state of Texas. The dimensions are 330 feet down the foul lines, 380 feet to the alleys and 406 feet to center.
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You won't see anything out of the ordinary as far as selections to eat and drink so definitely don't come to the park on an empty stomach. You will however find all of your basic necessities such as water, sodas, candy, popcorn and small bags of chips. All the prices at Husky Field are more than reasonable, there's just not a very wide selection. I strongly recommend eating before or after the game and snacking at the ballpark.
When I was walking up to the ballpark I was a little worried at what the atmosphere would be like, especially since the park wasn't that big, but I was pleasantly surprised. For a doubleheader day game, the park was near capacity with plenty of alumni, players' families and kids in attendance. There are no real nice perks at the park, but there was a lot of open space behind the set bleachers for the kids to run around and expend energy. If you're a fan of just some good old fashioned baseball, then Husky Field is definitely your kind of place.
Husky Field is located right off of Beechnut Boulevard on the southeast side of campus and offers a great area for the park, but not the best place for options before or after the game. There is nothing in immediate walking distance of the park however plenty of options are within reasonable driving distance of the ballpark.
Downtown Houston is not too long of a drive and provides plenty of options for food and drink as well as great entertainment options. I would advise going downtown before or after the game for a meal as the options at Husky Field really won't fill your stomach.
The fans in attendance at Husky Field were great. Yes, Husky Field only has the capacity to hold 500 fans, but when the majority of those fans are vocal it makes for a very pleasant experience. Most fans were either alumni or family and did a great job of cheering on the team and jeering the umpire when they thought he missed a call. There were plenty of youth kid baseball teams at the game also who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the game, as some of their coaches showed them the intricacies of the game.
Access to Husky Field is pretty easy. I had no problem finding the venue and parking was free and nearby, which is always a plus in my book. Once inside the gated park you will find that tickets are only $5 for adults and free for kids, making a family outing to the ballpark a great option. One downfall is the only bathrooms are a row of portable toilets which can be pretty rough in the hot Texas summer months.
A trip to Husky Field is well worth the five dollar price of admission if you are a true fan of the sport of baseball. Husky Field is a great and cheap place for a family outing. Just make sure to grab a bite to eat before or after the game. As Houston Baptist makes its way to the Southland Conference I can only expect the experience to get even better than it already is.
One extra point for free parking, in today's economy every penny saved is a plus.
My second extra point goes to the beauty of Husky Field. HBU has done a great job at taking care of Husky Field and making it one of the most beautiful parks in the Great West conference.
My third extra point goes to the great fans of Huskies baseball. Even though the park only has the capacity to hold 500 people they do a great job to fill the park and stay vocal, which is one of the reasons why in 19 years the Huskies have had a winning record at home for all but one of those years.
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