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Old Mountain Field

South Kingstown, RI

Home of the Ocean State Waves

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Old Mountain Field (map it)
875 Kingstown Rd
South Kingstown, RI 02879


Ocean State Waves website

Old Mountain Field website

Year Opened: 1938

Capacity: 2,000

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Baseball in the Ocean State

Old Mountain Field is part of a community park that features a baseball field, softball field, basketball courts, street hockey rink, a skateboard park, and tennis courts. Dedicated in 1938, it is South Kingstown’s oldest park.

The Ocean State Waves are the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s newest franchise, having started play in 2013.

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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    2

Old Mountain Field has a permanent concession stand which features a decent menu. Hot dogs ($3), hamburgers ($4), chicken nuggets ($3.75), French fries ($3), and grilled cheese sandwiches ($3) are served here. In addition, a variety of snacks, ice cream novelties, and beverages can be found at this concession stand. For fans wanting a more New England twist on their concessions, Baby Elliot's frozen lemonade ($1.75/$2.25/$2.75) is sold in a variety of sizes.

The team operates a table from which they sell a limited selection of Waves gear.

Atmosphere    2

The Waves game day experience is a bare-bones, laid back one on all fronts. There are no between innings promotions or contents, and little production at all except for PA announcements for upcoming batters or between innings music. The focus at Old Mountain Field is totally on the game, which any ballpark purist will be in favor of. There are the requisite group of kids playing catch in the large open area on the first base side, stopping occasionally to chase down the stray foul ball. Unfortunately, here at Ocean State you are encouraged to return any foul ball you catch. On the plus side, they offer you a nice mini-bat in return.

Neighborhood    2

Right around the corner from Old Mountain Field is the village of Wakefield. Tower Hill Road, the main commercial area in Wakefield, is within walking distance of the baseball field, but walking is not recommended. On this road are several restaurants, a shopping center, and assorted businesses. Locals will recommend visiting the Mews Tavern, which features a wide variety of beers and excellent pub fare. Out of towners visiting the area will not want to stay in Wakefield, but will most likely want to continue on to nearby Narragansett or Newport, both excellent beach towns and popular tourist destinations.

Fans    2

Ocean State averages between 500-600 fans per game, which places them in the middle of the NECBL's attendance rankings. A large portion of the crowd would undoubtedly fall under the "friends and family" category, having some connection with the team, either as house parents, volunteers, or boosters. The fans who do show up at Old Mountain Field are very knowledgeable and passionate about their team, and many of them follow the Waves on the road.

Access    2

Old Mountain Field is located on Route 108, otherwise known as Kingstown Road. It is a short distance from Route 1, which is the main highway serving southern Rhode Island. South Kingstown is located on the southeastern corner of the Rhode Island mainland, and is not served by any interstate, so give yourself some time to get there. The closest big city is Providence, approximately a 40 minute drive away.

Once you arrive at Old Mountain Field, there is parking available in a small lot next to the baseball field. One tip: don't park near the field, no matter how appealing those amazingly close spots are. Many foul balls strike cars in this part of the lot every night, so your windshield will not be safe. Parking in the far end of the lot is a short walk anyway, and totally worth saving your windows.

Visitors to Old Mountain Field should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, as there is only a single small set of bleachers to sit on behind home plate. There is ample room to spread out your own seating, and you have the best spots in the place, to boot. Veteran fans will stake out their favorite spots right behind the backstop or on a small hill on the third base line. There are spots to sit on benches farther down the left field line, or on picnic tables beyond the left field fence, but these offer less desirable views of the action.

Fans with an unsteady gait will need to tread carefully around the ball field here. There are no paths, and fans have to navigate the grounds carefully, as the ground is not level in many places. There is a building located a short distance from the field which houses the restrooms.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets to a Waves game cost $5 for adults, $2 for children, military members, and seniors, and $1 for children aged 12 and under. These ticket prices are right in line with other teams in the NECBL. Free parking is available in a small lot adjacent to the field. How close can you park? You can comfortably sit in your car in some parts of the lot and watch the game. Be careful, several cars are hit by foul balls during the course of the game. Concessions here are a little on the high side, but you aren't coming to Old Mountain Field to have dinner, anyway. Veteran Waves fans will simply bring their own cooler with drinks and snacks to enjoy during the game.

Extras    1

The game day experience at Old Mountain Field is a bare bones one, to be sure. The game is the main focus here. The team does offer occasional promotions, such as fan appreciation night. If you are lucky enough to catch a foul ball, you can trade it in for a wooden mini-bat if you wish. That's not a bad trade at all.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking to attend a baseball game with an elaborate game-day presentation and lots of extras, Old Mountain Field is not for you. What you will get with the Ocean State Waves is some high-level summer college baseball played with little distraction in a quaint, woodsy setting. Bring your own lawn chair, set it up on the hill overlooking the third base line, and enjoy the evening. It really doesn't get much better than that.

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