These Cats Rock
New Britain Stadium has been the home of the Rock Cats since 1996. The stadium sits right behind the New Britain high school football stadium. The team had been the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins from 1995-2014. In 2015, the Rock Cats became the AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team has had many great players come through over the years. They include Torii Hunter, Joe Mauer, and David Ortiz.
The team will be leaving New Britain Stadium at the conclusion of the 2015 season. The team is moving to Hartford and will be known as the Hartford Yard Goats. The team will be moving into a brand new stadium that is part of the redevelopment of land in the Hartford area. The park will be named Dunkin' Donuts Park and has a planned capacity of 9,000 fans. So if you want to enjoy a Rock Cats game, you better get out to New Britain Stadium this year!
What is FANFARE?
The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:
- Food & Beverage
- Return on Investment
Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".
Food & Beverage
New Britain Stadium has all of the ballpark staples, and it also has some unique offerings. The lines are very quick to go through, and the service is very efficient. There are stands that offer your usual stadium fare. Local soft serve ice cream is also available. The prices are reasonable for minor league baseball. Hot dogs ($3.00), hamburgers ($5.25), and pretzels ($3.75) are just some of the offerings at New Britain Stadium. New Britain Stadium sometimes brings in local restaurants to showcase some of their food. Bear's BBQ in Hartford was at the game and they had some great sandwiches. New Britain Stadium sells Pepsi products in both bottles and fountain varieties. As far as alcohol goes, beer and wine are both served. Sam Adams is available, as well as Bud Light. Overall, New Britain Stadium offers a solid variety of choices that are quite affordable.
The atmosphere at the stadium is what you would expect out of a minor league club. It is a very kid friendly atmosphere with many on field promotions and giveaways. There are many theme nights as well, these include Star Wars night and Minions night. There is an on field personality who gets the crowd pumped up and gets the kids into it. It is a good place to bring the kids for a baseball game. There is even an area in left field where kids can go on inflatable slides for $5. New Britain used to be the home of the Minnesota Twins minor league club, but is now the Colorado Rockies. Around the stadium you can still see many remnants of the Twins. From the color scheme to the photos of former players, it is hard to tell that this is the Rockies minor league team.
The area around New Britain Stadium is not very memorable. Although it is better than some other areas of the city. There are a few local restaurants in the area, but other than that it is pretty empty. If you drive about 15 minutes north you can find the capital of Connecticut, Hartford. There are many great things to do in Hartford. You can check out some great restaurants, entertainment, and other sporting events like UCONN basketball and Hartford Wolfpack hockey. Adjacent to New Britain Stadium is Veterans Memorial Stadium where the New Britain High School football team plays. Also in the complex is Beehive Stadium, the former home of the New Britain Red Sox, where the New Britain High School baseball team now plays.
In general, the Rock Cats attract mostly families and that is clear when attending a game. There are many kids and families enjoying the game. There are the diehard fans out there as well. The Rock Cats are in the bottom half of attendance in the Eastern League. They average about 3,800 fans per game. The capacity of the stadium is around 6,000. The fans are a pretty run of the mill bunch. They get loud during big moments and when the PA announcer instructs them to. It is by no means a rabid fan base. As far as AA baseball goes, this is a pretty typical fan base.
New Britain Stadium is very accessible. It is right off of Route 9, and is very easy to see and get to. There is a large parking lot that fans can park in, and even if you park in the back it is still a short walk to the stadium. The only downside is that there is not very much public transportation in the area. The bathrooms on the concourse are very accessible and usually have no lines at them. The concourse is wide and very easy to walk through. There is not much congestion so it is not difficult to get around. Overall, the park is fairly easy to get to, but public transportation is sparse.
Return on Investment
The Rock Cats have very affordable prices. Considering a lot of great young talent has come through New Britain, getting to see these players at such low prices is a great thing. The highest ticket price is $22. General admission tickets can be obtained for $6 if you call ahead, or $8 on game day. Field level seats cost only $14. The prices are truly what a minor league ballpark should be. When you add in the cost of food and parking, it will not hurt your wallet. An affordable minor league ballpark with great baseball is all you can really ask for.
One star goes to the great Road to the Show display that the Rock Cats have. There is a wall that shows each player that has played for the Rock Cats and has made it to the big leagues. The year the player made it to the MLB is shown on the chart.
A second star goes to the way the Rock Cats honor the greats who have come from New Britain. Players like Joe Mauer, Torii Hunter, and Justin Morneau are all featured prominently with large banners. It is just odd to see all of the Twins history when the team is now affiliated with the Rockies.
A final star goes to the very good scoreboard they have in left field. The graphics are clear and sharp. The scoreboard gives basic information and looks great!
The city of New Britain will be saying goodbye to the Rock Cats at the end of the season. New Britain Stadium is definitely a place you should check out before the Rock Cats move. It is a place with great history, great baseball, and great prices.
out to the restaurant for that meal.
5.Turn to your lights.We miss how much we are spending on electricity with our home needlessly.Like nearly everybody we employ a endless number of electrical appliances connected to the power outlet at standby, you'll find lights on in rooms where use of is even in them and this will likely amount to thousands of dollars per annum.Even if an electrical appliance can be on standby it is still draining power all pc training courses quite smaller but start adding up numerous appliances at draining a nice amount but it starts to provide up.Think about buying utility surge boards with individual power on/off switches as a way to switch from an appliance you aren't employing.Turn to your lights whenever you leave a room.
6.Hard drive slower.With the latest high natural gas prices this may not the time a lead base.Smooth acceleration and deceleration won't just reduce harm on auto and consequently save with servicing but it will also reduce the cars usage of gas/petrol.An even better solution is in order to find opportunities to walk to and from quite short trips rather then automatically jumping into auto, you'll undertake wonders in your health and the environment.
With limited changes to your lifestyle and applying most of the tips above you can certainly slash $1200 through your expenses yearly.You'll also discover your lifestyle won't definitely be affected all of that much also, you might even discover your changes do you a world of decent.