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Parsons Field

Brookline, MA

Home of the Northeastern Huskies

2.4

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Parsons Field (map it)
175 Kent St
Brookline, MA 02446


Northeastern Huskies website

Parsons Field website

Year Opened: 1933

Capacity: 3,000

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Parsons Place

Parsons Field is a multipurpose facility located a mile and a half from the Northeastern University campus in Brookline, Massachusetts. It hosts the Northeastern baseball, soccer, and lacrosse teams. It also served as the home of the Husky football team until the university disbanded the team following the 2009 season.

Originally a public playground called the Kent Street Field, the lot was purchased by Northeastern in 1930 from the YMCA’s Huntington Prep School. The university dedicated the field after former athlete, coach, and athletic director Edward S. Parsons in 1969, and renamed the baseball diamond the Friedman Diamond in 1988. It is rumored that Babe Ruth often played catch on this site during his time with the Red Sox.

2.4

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    0

There are no food or beverages available at Parsons Field. Experienced Husky fans bring their own items to enjoy during the game.

Atmosphere    2

A game at Parsons Field is a baseball purist's dream. There is no between inning or between batter music played here, just your basic PA announcement for each batter coming up. Parsons Field's setting in a quiet residential neighborhood makes for a quiet, distraction-free experience.

Neighborhood    4

Parsons Field is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Brookline, approximately 1.5 miles from the Northeastern University campus in Boston. Parsons Field is located in the shadows of many of Boston's renowned hospitals, which are located just a few blocks away. Also located close to Parsons Field is Fenway Park, which is just over a mile away. Ironically, Parsons Field is closer to several other colleges in Boston than it is to Northeastern. Needless to say, there are plenty of things to do in the immediate vicinity of Parsons Field, and a doubleheader with the Red Sox is a distinct possibility.

Fans    2

Crowds at Parsons Field tend to be on the small side, and the variety of different vantage points surrounding the field serve only to make the small crowd seem even sparser than they would otherwise look. Fans can take in a Husky game from either of two small sets of bleachers located on either baseline in the infield. There is a great deal of standing room along both foul lines and on a raised area adjacent to the bullpens in left field. Also, fans can take to the soccer grandstand, which runs the length of the soccer field, or for baseball, from the right field foul pole to straightaway center field.

The off-campus location of Parsons Field serves to minimize the turnout from the student body. As is the case with many collegiate ballparks in the northeast, crowds at Parsons Field are of the "friends and family" variety, averaging between 100-250 fans per game.

Access    4

Please sit down before you read this section of the review. Parking at Parsons Field is FREE. Yes, you read that right. Free parking. In Boston. There is a small parking lot at the ballpark, which is too small even to serve the small crowds at a Husky game. Luckily, fans can park for free on the streets surrounding Parsons Field.

As any person who lives in the greater Boston area will tell you, driving is not the best way to get around in this city, even with the promise of free parking. The most efficient method of travel in Boston is the MBTA, or "T" as it is called by locals. Fans taking the T can take the Green Line's D train to the Longwood station, take a left up the hill to Longwood Ave, take a right onto Longwood and a left onto Kent Street. Parsons Field will be a tenth of a mile ahead on the right.

Once inside Parsons Field there is a great deal of room to walk around, and vantage points all around the field to stop and take in the game. The sparse crowds at Husky games ensures that fans can spread out in the ample bleachers here and sample several different locations if they wish.

Return on Investment    4

Believe it or not, it is possible to attend a game at Northeastern without spending a single cent. With free parking available, no charge for tickets, and no food to buy on site, once you enter Parsons Field, you will not need to reach for your wallet at all.

Extras    1

The experience at Parsons Field is a bare bones one, with little that can be qualified as "extra." The presence of finished bathrooms in the Zabilsky Field House is a definite plus, as is the availability of many different areas to take in the ballgame. If you are attending the game with little ones, be sure to stake out a spot on the right field line, where the area is fenced in and covered by the artificial turf of the soccer field. The kids will have a place to let off some steam while you take in the action.

Final Thoughts

Since 2013, renovations have taken place at Friedman Diamond and Parsons Field to the playing surface, bullpens, and outfield fences. More renovations are planned to make the facility, in the words of the university, "one of the premier baseball facilities in New England." Permanent seating is scheduled to be built behind home plate, with seating for more than 400 fans. Also to be included in the structure is a viewing suite, press box, and concession stand.

When taking in a baseball game at Parsons Field, it can be hard to believe you are just blocks away from one of the busiest sections in Boston. The quiet residential setting serves as a perfect backdrop for a beautiful spring afternoon at the ballpark. If the schedule works out right, you can head over to Fenway Park for a doubleheader. It's one of the best ways any ballpark chaser can spend a spring weekend.

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Total Score: 0.00

  • Food & Beverage: 0
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  • Fans: 0
  • Access: 0
  • RoI: 0
  • Extras: 0

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