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Melbourne Ballpark

Laverton, VIC

Home of the Melbourne Aces

2.3

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Melbourne Ballpark (map it)
Merton Ave
Laverton, VIC 3028
Australia


Melbourne Aces website

Melbourne Ballpark website

Year Opened: 1990

Capacity: 3,000

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Mediocre in Melbourne

The Melbourne Aces are a team in the ABL (Australian Baseball League) and has two of the Colorado Rockies minor league players. They play in the Melbourne Ballpark in Laverton (a suburb of Melbourne). Before the 2012 season, the Aces played in the Melbourne Showgrounds, near the Flemington Racetrack.

There are mixed reviews of moving the team to Melbourne Ballpark. The Showgrounds is closer to the downtown area of Melbourne and is more accessible for folks. However, the Showgrounds was deemed unsuitable for the Aces to play because of the variety of other events booked at that venue.

The Melbourne Ballpark was the host of the 2013 ABL All-Star Game.

Baseball and softball have been played in the Melbourne area since the late 1800’s. The Melbourne Ballpark entryway contains two display cases of baseball and softball trophies and accomplishments throughout the years.

Other baseball teams that have played in Melbourne are the Melbourne Monarchs and the Bushrangers. The stadium is also used by the Victorian Softball Association and the Victoria Summer League.

All dollar amounts listed in this review are Australian dollar value (AUD).

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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

There is one permanent concession stand at the ballpark and a variety of trucks and cars that bring in their fare. The trucks are mostly on the first base side picnic area. The trucks include Taco Bill (a local Mexican chain) that offers nachos ($8 - $10) and frozen margaritas (I had both and would recommend it), and Café Zu (coffee related beverages). There are also popcorn and cotton candy carts.

The permanent concession stand is located in the facility as soon as you enter through the only gate. It offers sandwiches, fish and chips, chicken and chips, salads, fruit cups, hot dogs, donuts, chocolate bars ranging from $2.90 to $7.95. Coca Cola is the soft drink of choice at $4.00. Miller Genuine Draft is on tap.

Atmosphere    2

There is fake grass and fake dirt in the infield. The outfield is real grass. There's real dirt on the pitcher's mound and around the bases. It's a very odd combination and not attractive for a ball field.

There is not one single area in the park to watch the game that is not behind a net. Not even a standing area. It's awful for watching a game net free.

The traditional scoreboard was not working this day. There is a video board that displays the scoring. The PA announcer actually calls the game and he does an excellent job.

Sections B through F are in the shade. Section D is directly behind home plate. Section A on the first base side and Section G on the third base side are in the sun. The seats are blue plastic fold down and are a bit uncomfortable. There is a picnic area on the first base side with some picnic tables and chairs, some with umbrellas and some without. This is where I recommend sitting.

There are seven or eight recliners directly behind home plate and what appears to be corporate box seating areas and suites.

Neighborhood    1

There are no neighborhood activities. You'll pass a couple of houses when walking from the train station but that's it. The ballpark is surrounded by chain link fences and barbed wire. It's quite uninviting. There is nothing at or around the train station for food or beverage.

The city of Melbourne, however, is a fantastic city to visit. It is the sports capital of Australia. Take a Melbourne sports sightseeing tour, visit Yarra Valley and do some wine tasting, get energized and invigorated by the hustle and bustle near the Flinders St Station, or stroll the promenade on the Yarra River. It's a great vacation destination.

Fans    3

At the game I attended, the stands were about 25% full. The fans seem to know the rules of the game and cheer at the appropriate times. It was multi-cultural day at the ballpark when I attended and sombreros were handed out upon entry. Most fans took it to heart and wore the hat throughout the game.

The Aces seem to have many promotional days, so be sure to check their website to see what might be happening at the ballpark on the day(s) you plan on attending.

There is a group of fans called the Hanger who travel to the other ABL ballparks to cheer their Aces on and support their team.

Access    2

Parking at the stadium is $5 per vehicle. See the Melbourne Aces website for driving directions to the ballpark. Do not park too close to the structure as foul balls can be hit out into the car park.

Melbourne Ballpark is about 656 meters (a little less than ½ mile) from the Laverton Train Station (on the Werribee Line). Trains to Laverton depart Flinders St Station in downtown Melbourne about every 10 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes. For those afraid of heights, be aware there is an elevated walkway/bridge to cross over at the train station when arriving in Laverton.

When taking the train, it is more than the 10 minute walk as stated in the website unless you are hoofing it. And, there is a portion of the road that has no sidewalks or lights and it can be muddy. Walking back to the train station can be dangerous in the dark after an evening game. It would be nice if the Aces provided a shuttle service to the train station after the game.

The parking lot is dirt and can get muddy depending on weather conditions.

The restrooms are fine, clean, and sufficient. Two sets of each gender are located under the stands on both the first and third base side.

Return on Investment    3

The Jet Courier Melbourne Aces do a clever job at branding their name with the ticket membership offerings. You can get a Fighter Pilot Membership, a Co-Pilot Membership, or a Wingman Membership. Single game tickets are available from $5 - $30 and one can also get a punch card to use for various games throughout the season.

Extras    2

Displaying the trophies and accomplishments of softball and baseball in the Melbourne area for all visitors to see is a nice touch. The Taco Bill's stand down the first base line with its nachos, burritos, and margaritas is worth a mention.

Final Thoughts

Melbourne is a wonderful city to visit and a top notch tourist destination; the ballpark is not.

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Melbourne Ballpark a pleasant surprise

Total Score: 3.00

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

I went into my journey thinking that Melbourne wouldn't rank high on my list but surprisingly I found it to be a facility similar to most minor league ballparks in the US. The seating was comfortable, the concessions were plentiful and spread nicely throughout the ballpark, and the fans were the most spirited in the league. Unlike most parks where the suites are at the top of the seating concourse Melbourne places them near the bottom which was interesting, but the amenities looked to be well done.

The park is out of the CBD and not close to anything. You'll be going to a baseball game and nothing else, and traffic can be hectic at times so plan accordingly.

Overall I would recommend Melbourne Ballpark; Melbourne is the pre eminent sporting city in Australia and you will enjoy yourself.

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Local Food & Drink

Taco Bill's  (map it!)

2 Fitzgerald Road

Laverton North, VIC 3026

(03) 9369 7555

http://www.tacobill.com.au/

Local Entertainment

Melbourne Sports Tours  (map it!)

Melbourne, VIC

(03) 8802 4547

http://www.melbournesportstours.com.au/

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