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Dozer Park

Peoria, IL

Home of the Peoria Chiefs

3.4

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Dozer Park (map it)
730 SW Jefferson St
Peoria, IL 61605


Peoria Chiefs website

Dozer Park website

Year Opened: 2002

Capacity: 7,500

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Dozer Park is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals Class A affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs. The stadium opened in May of 2002. The following March, the Bradley University baseball team became a tenant as well. Originally known as O’Brien Field, Caterpillar purchased naming rights in 2013. The current name refers to Caterpillar’s bulldozers.

Dozer Park has 7,500 chair back seats, along with grass seating down the left and right field line and behind the left field wall. There are also multiple picnic tables around the concourse.

The Chiefs are in the Western Division of the Midwest League. The team is in its second stint as a Cardinals affiliate. The Chiefs were previously an affiliate of the Cardinals’ main rival, the Chicago Cubs.

3.4

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

The concession stands at Dozer Park have names like Five Alarm Diner, Cantina Caliente and Homer's Ice Cream Parlor. Also, the Good Hops Craft Beer Stand down the third base line offers more than the standard Bud Light and Miller Lite. Draft beers are $6, while a large soda in a souvenir cup is $5.

Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, pork chop sandwiches, chicken tenders and corn dogs all sell for $6 or less. Combo meals featuring a sandwich, fries and soft drink are all $9 or less, a nice deal for ballpark food.

Atmosphere    3

Dozer Park is just over ten years old and a very nice facility. The Firehouse Team Store contains all the Chiefs merchandise you could ever need. The store is just to the left of the main gate as you enter the park.

The 7,500 green seats feature cup holders. Seats in rows 20 and 21 are under an overhang from the press box and suite level. These seats remain nice and dry in the event of a rain shower. Leg room is ample.

The field at Dozer Park features grass and clay. Dimensions are 310 feet down the lines, 375 feet to the alleys and 400 feet to straightaway center field.

The Chiefs' HD Video Board at Dozer Park is one of the largest in Minor League Baseball. The board measures 30'x42' and displays promotions, replays, stats, and pitch speed.

Neighborhood    4

Kelleher's Irish Pub and Eatery is located on the historic riverfront, two blocks away from Dozer Park. The restaurant is in an old warehouse. They feature traditional Irish fare and American bar food. They have 20 micro or import drafts and 90 different bottled beers.

The stadium is on the eastern edge of Peoria's downtown. Peoria features a wide variety of nightlife for fans that left the kids at home. Across the Illinois River in East Peoria, families can find every dining and shopping chain possible.

Fans    4

During the summer portion of the schedule and on weekends, families make up a large portion of the Dozer Park crowd. While school is in session and during the week, young professionals cheer on the Chiefs.

Peoria has hosted Minor League Baseball continuously since 1983. That is a testament to the fans that come out year after year and support the team, no matter which big league club has a player development relationship with the team.

Access    5

Free parking is available on multiple streets around the ballpark. There are also a handful of independently owned lots around the ballpark, with most running $5 per car. The large Caterpillar lot across the street from the park was not allowing Chiefs patrons to park on my most recent visit. Lot parking might vary from weekdays to weekends.

The concourse features several bathrooms. The facilities are clean and spacious.

Return on Investment    3

Admission is $10 for box seats (a dollar extra on fireworks nights), with lawn seating available for $7. Taking advantage of the street parking is definitely the way to go to see the best return on your sports dollar. I sampled the pulled pork nachos and a small drink for $7.50.

If you're planning a trip to Dozer Park, consider attending a game on Wednesday or Thursday. Wednesday games feature $1 hot dogs, soft drinks, and ice cream sandwiches. Thursdays have long been known as "Thirsty Thursday" with 12 oz. soft drinks and draft beer at rock bottom prices.

Extras    2

Just inside the front gate, there is a statue of long-time Chiefs owner, Pete Vonachen. The late executive was known as "Peoria's Mr. Baseball" and is credited with much of the organization's success.

The right field wall includes four numbers honoring former Chiefs players and one manager: Wally Joyner, Mark Grace, Greg Maddux and Ryne Sandberg.

Final Thoughts

Dozer Park is a comfortable and fan-friendly stadium with a view of the downtown Peoria skyline. It is well worth checking out on a sunny day or clear night.

Palm Trees

How can you not mention the palm trees in the outfield. This is central Illinois, it's a fun thing, they don't belong there. There were several funny references on the scoreboard during the game, I found it a very enjoyable experience.

by az7886422 | Mar 21, 2012 03:01 AM

Great Experiences

Me and my sister have made the Chiefs a summer ritual for the past two years. The Chiefs may not sellout games or come close but the fans, and I may be biased, love their baseball and the Chiefs create a great combination of family entertainment and a focus on baseball.

by PeoriaChiefs94 | Jul 31, 2012 10:13 PM

Affiliation Change for the 2013 Season

At the end of the 2012 season, the Chiefs affiliation moved from the Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals.

by megminard | Oct 05, 2012 11:44 PM

No Palm Trees :(

Sadly, the palm trees were gone when I visited in August, 2013

by Tccrapsdealer | Sep 10, 2013 12:39 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Chief Among Them

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 2

Since 1983, they've been playing minor league baseball in Peoria, Illinois. After a long history as a baseball town, a team returned in 1983 as an affiliate of the California Angels, known as the Peoria Suns. Today, the team plays as the Peoria Chiefs and is a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Beginning the 2013 baseball season, the Chiefs are a Class A minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Their home park, O'Brien Field, has been home since 2002.

Located across the street from the headquarters of Caterpillar Inc., O'Brien Field is also home of the Bradley Braves collegiate baseball team. There is a sense of community that one feels in the ballpark, and as you walk through the town of Peoria. O'Brien Field definitely offers a solid baseball experience.

A Great place to watch a game in the Midwest

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Peoria Chiefs have been in Peoria since 1983 and have since made baseball a summer tradition in Central Illinois. The Atmophere is great with a great view of downtown Peoria.They celebrate their history with banners and video clips before the game. The concourse is wide and the seats are comfortable and spacious.
The fans are into the game, cheering for good plays and rooting on the team no matter what the score.Parking is $5 but you can park on the street for free. The food is expensive but good and with a good variety. Extra points for having some of the best ushers who are very nice and helpful, and let you sit where you want on nights with light crowds, for being Cubs affiliates, being close to Chicago, and providing programs and scorecards for free.

Had a nice visit

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

It was a Greg Maddux t-shirt giveaway game and many, many fans were lined up well in advance of the gates opening.

It is walking distance (less than 1/2 mile) to the Peoria riverfront which has restaurants, a visitors center, a park and walkway along the river, and a riverboat cruise option on the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheeler.

The palm trees are still there, the souvenir shop offered hat pins, and I was able to find a post card of the stadium (very rare when visiting the minor leagues).

The one downfall was the game was not broadcast on the radio.

It's worth a visit to see Peoria and a game at O'Brien Field

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Kelleher's Irish Pub  (map it!)

619 Southwest Water St

Peoria, IL 61602

(309) 673-6000

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