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Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

Manchester, NH

Home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats

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Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (map it)
One Line Drive
Manchester, NH 03102


New Hampshire Fisher Cats website

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium website

Year Opened: 2005

Capacity: 7,722

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Home of the Fisher Cats

Some ballparks have names that just roll off the tongue. Others have names that easily translate into catchy nicknames. Alas, the ballpark in Manchester, New Hampshire has never enjoyed either of these luxuries. Born in 2005 as Fisher Cats Ballpark, the ballpark was re-christened as MerchantsAuto.com Stadium in 2006. In 2011 Northeast Delta Dental insurance entered into a ten year naming rights deal.

The ballpark is built on the site of the former Singer Park in the Manchester Millyard, a soccer stadium that was used for circuses, carnivals, and summer concerts. The grounds are notable for being the site where bricks from the Arms Textile Mill are buried. The Arms Textile Mill was the site of the deadliest outbreak of anthrax in United States history.

While the ballpark sits on the banks of the Merrimack River, it is situated such that the field faces away from the river, towards downtown Manchester. As a result, the river is not visible except from certain parts of the concourse. The dominating feature of this ballpark is the Hilton Garden Inn, which towers over the field in deep left-center field. Many rooms feature views of the ballpark, and there is a patio from which hotel guests can sit and take in the action.

The Fisher Cats have won two Eastern League championships since moving to New Hampshire from New Haven, CT.

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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    5

For the 2016 season the Fisher Cats brought in Professional Sports Catering to upgrade their concessions. The improvements have been immediate. The Flash Point concession stands continue to offer all your ballpark basics, including hot dogs, burgers, pizza and chicken tenders. Assorted snacks, including peanuts, cotton candy, cracker jacks, popcorn, nachos, pretzels and French fries can also be found here. Fans looking to satisfy a sweet tooth can choose from whoopee pies, fried dough and ice cream.

Fans looking for healthier alternatives should seek out the Wrapery stand located behind home plate, where assorted salads and wraps are sold.

Further down the right field concourse is where fans can find most of the new options to the ballpark. This large stand has been divided into three smaller stands, operated by Hickory BBQ (selling pulled pork and chicken sandwiches), Burgertopia (specialty burgers), and Franx (specialty hot dogs).

Several carts scattered throughout the concourse provide some variety to the menu. Be sure to check out Steakadelphia for cheesesteaks, Smokies for footlong hot dogs or sausages, or Salsa for burritos and taco salad. Fans looking for a more extreme eating challenge can order an 18-scoop ice cream sundae at the Sweet Spot served in a full-sized batting helmet.

Bottled Coca-Cola products are featured here, as is a wide selection of adult beverages. Sam Adams, Corona Light, Coors Light, Twisted Tea and Angry Orchard, along with local favorite Moat Mountain and many more are sold throughout the park.

If all this food doesn't do it for you, check out the Samuel Adams Bar and Grill overlooking the left field fence. The bar opens two hours before gametime and features live music on Friday nights. Open throughout the game, a full bar menu is served featuring items not found anywhere in the ballpark.

Atmosphere    3

The Fisher Cats try their hardest to put on an entertaining, family-friendly product. In fact, that may be the biggest shortcoming of the game day experience here; it tries too hard. While much of the commotion you will encounter in Manchester will feel familiar to a veteran minor league baseball fan, there are some unique aspects worth mentioning:

The Fisher Cats employ a bat dog to help gather fallen timber at times during the game. Ollie is a golden retriever whose brother and father work for the Trenton Thunder.

Located in the left field fence is a manual scoreboard, which lends a touch of old timey flavor in a ballpark largely devoid of such touches.

All fans entering the ballpark are given free programs and rosters, and can sign up to participate in the many between inning promotions held every night.

There is a speed pitch booth located on the left field concourse, and a children's play area with a couple of inflatables on the right field concourse.

Neighborhood    4

Manchester is New Hampshire's largest city, located about an hour's drive northwest of Boston via Interstate 93. Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is located on the banks of the Merrimack River, a short distance from downtown Manchester.

Downtown Manchester is safe and walkable. Visiting fans looking for places to eat or drink will find no shortage of places about a mile from the ballpark. The Central Ale House, is a self-serve, pay by the ounce bar with a wide variety of adult beverages to choose from. The Red Arrow Diner is perhaps Manchester's most famous eatery, having been open for close to a century. It's a favorite stop for politicians campaigning in the area and locals alike.

Less than an hour north of Manchester are the White Mountains, which contain some excellent ski resorts. In the summer many mountain areas convert into summer vacation destinations. Favorite attractions such as Lake Winnipesaukee and the Kancamangus Highway are just a short drive away.

Fans    3

The Fisher Cats average around 5,000 fans per game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, ranking them consistently right in the middle of the Eastern League standings every year. Considering that Manchester is located smack dab in the middle of Red Sox country, less than an hour from Boston, this number seems even more impressive. Naturally, games against the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox Eastern League affiliate, draw the largest crowds.

Access    3

While Northeast Delta Dental Stadium's location right off of Interstate 293 in downtown Manchester would seem most convenient, getting in and out of the area can be quite difficult. The ballpark is located on a dead end street with only one way in and out, meaning you shouldn't be in a hurry, especially when leaving after the game. In fact, many Fisher Cats fans choose to park in the lots further from the ballpark because these lots are so much easier to get out of.

At the ballpark, fans enter via a staircase that deposits them on the concourse in deep left field. The concourse wraps around the field to deep right field. The open concourse, located at the top of the seating bowls, allows for views of the field from all spots. All the seats here are green plastic stadium chairs, except for section 117 in right field, which is made up of metal bleachers.

The concourse is somewhat narrow and can be difficult to navigate, especially when there is a large crowd in attendance. Restrooms are clean, and large enough for the typical Fisher Cat crowd.

Return on Investment    3

All tickets for Fisher Cats games cost twelve dollars, fourteen dollars on game days. While this makes prime seating a pretty good deal, seats further from the action suffer a bit in comparison.

Parking in the lots near Northeast Delta Dental Stadium will cost you ten dollars. There are cheaper alternatives for parking further from the ballpark, but they may involve a significant walk. There is limited on-street parking available, but you must arrive very early to snag one of these spots. Pay attention to when the time meters are in effect, as these spots may cost you depending on the time of the game.

Food prices are generally in line with other venues in the area.

Extras    3

Extra points are awarded for the Hilton Garden Inn that towers over the field and the Sam Adams Bar and Grill, two very unique features in an otherwise plain ballpark.

Three retired numbers hang on the right field fence honoring individuals who never suited up for the Fisher Cats; 42 (Jackie Robinson), 83 (in honor of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, who was killed in the line of duty) and 29 (local resident and major leaguer Chris Carpenter).

Final Thoughts

Being an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays smack dab in the middle of Red Sox country wouldn't seem to be a recipe for success, but the Fisher Cats have managed to carve out a successful niche for themselves in New Hampshire with endless promotions and a family friendly atmosphere. While Northeast Delta Dental Stadium isn't especially noteworthy, it does have enough going for it to be worth a visit.

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Living in NH, I have attended many Fishercats games over the past 10 years. This place is definitely unique. Someone said it could be anywhere in America and that is true. There is not much but a few wall hangings to distinguish the connection to the Blue Jays. There is nothing to connect it to being in New Hampshire. It is a very nice but very generic place. They are Red Sox affiliate wannabees! They advertise when the SeaDogs come to town more then pushing their own team! Yes the parking is terrible. Yes they have minor league food at major league prices. Most seats are excellent with great views. My complaint is they push it as an entertainment experience and most people are there for the between inning games, loud music, and oh yeah, there is baseball too. Very few people focus on the game or know the players. Its too bad because it is a nice albeit expensive minor league park. Too me, embrace your Blue Jays connection, highlight the many ex FisherCats now in the majors, and focus a little more on the game then playing a sound byte between evety pitch!

by Terrenski | Jun 30, 2016 11:40 PM

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Something to Chew On

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

If you want to experience the typical minor league atmosphere in the typical minor league ballpark, there is no place better to visit than Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (a mouthful of a name, no pun intended) where you will definitely find both. While many fans who only frequent their hometown park may enjoy this, for the traveler like myself who visits many ballparks each year, there is nothing to distinguish this park from numerous other new parks built since 2000.

This is not to say Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is a bad place to see a game, but just that there is nothing too memorable about it. The Fisher Cats were born in 2004, after the team moved from New Haven (CT). Because the ballpark was not ready yet, they actually played one season in historic Gill Stadium before moving into the new ballpark (originally just known as Fisher Cats Stadium). Gill is a quirky stadium loaded with character and charm, something missing at the Fisher Cats new ballpark.

Better Than a Trip to the Dentist

Total Score: 3.14

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

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium immediately suffers from the vagaries of corporate naming rights, as the moniker doesn't exactly roll off the tongue (and its previous title of "Merchantsauto.com Stadium" wasn't much better). The 7,722-seat park opened in 2005 (as the more modest "Fisher Cats Ballpark") as host to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays since 2003. In addition to the Cats, the park hosts local events and concerts, the most famous being a concert by Bob Dylan in 2006.

Though it has some access issues that may leave you scratching your head, the park offers an affordable way to watch a ballgame in a nice stadium with lots of choices for grub and drinks.

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