Pim Mulier Stadium (map it)
Jaap Edenlaan 3
Haarlem, Netherlands 2024 BW
Year Opened: 1963
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Official Review by Sander Kolsloot, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Pim Mulier Baseball Stadium was built in the early 1960s, where it was the first European baseball stadium with a permanent stand. It normally hosts 2,500 people, with the possibility of others standing near the sides of the field. During the bi-annual baseball week, the stadium is expanded with extra seats, a temporary business club (for sponsors and VIP’s) and extra catering facilities to accommodate the visitors.
Recently they have added an indoor baseball centre to the facilities, with office space and a fitness centre, to keep it up-to-date.
Currently, Pim Mulier Stadium is the home of Haarlem baseball club Kinheim. They have their museum and club facilities located in the stadium.
Most Dutch baseball stadiums were designed as multifunctional units, with accompanying rooms. When you walk in to the stadium, and if you’re used to US standards, it can be a little disappointing to see that this is one of the two major baseball stadiums in the Netherlands. But, if you keep in mind the time it was built, the popularity of baseball in the Netherlands, and attendance during regular season games, it is indeed a nice venue.
Haarlem Baseball Week is a tournament that has been held at Pim Mulier Stadium since 1972. Teams from the Netherlands, United States, Japan, Cuba, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Australia, France, and Italy have traditionally competed in the event, which features the national team for each country competing.
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The food during the baseball week is very good. There's a wide array of snacks, burgers, sandwiches and other hot and cold stuff to grab. Above all, they have a very nice mobile candy shop, which supplies, amongst others, popcorn and lolly pops. The variety of beverages is evident and the staff is really nice and friendly. The quality is average, or slightly just above average, but don't expect five-star quality in a venue like this.
During the games, the atmosphere is pretty good. There's an average crowd involvement and they try to get everybody pumped up before the games. During the games, they have a certain sequence of music during specific moments (e.g. pitching change) which is accompanied with set out moves. It gives a nice atmosphere. The stadium itself is close to the field, but the fence is pretty high, so you can have the feeling of being caged if you're there for several games during the tournament.
The neighborhood is a typical suburban style neighborhood, with the Haarlem sports centre (including the ice skating rink) and a local bowling alley. It is not a very spectacular surrounding, with the train going past every 15 minutes, but it does the job. If you want to get involved in drinking before or after your time at Pim Mulier Stadium, then you better start in the old city centre, especially in their local brew church called 'Jopenkerk', where they have their Jopen Brand bier.
During games of the Dutch team, the fans go wild. They have a dedicated fan zone for the 'die-hard' Dutch baseball fans, and they have made up songs to get the crowd going. The Mexican wave is started several times during the game and if the Dutch score, they really pump it up!
The access to Pim Mulier Stadium is rather easy. You can take a bus from the city center, which runs frequently. Parking is pretty easy in the neighborhood and around the stadium in case you decide to drive. The wheelchair access is non-existent, so therefore it can be hard for people with disabilities to get a nice spot in the stadium.
I think a day at the park during the Haarlem Baseball Week is a fantastic way to spend a day and experience Dutch and international baseball. Ticket prices run around 15 euros, depending on which day you attend, the food is not overpriced, the beer is pretty cheap (the non-alcoholic drinks as well), and the overall atmosphere is really good. I would highly recommend everybody to visit the games one day.
There's a small bar underneath the stadium, called the Back Stop. It is a casual bar, where events are held now and then. People can chill and have a beer.
Besides, there's the local club museum, which has some nice memorabilia and is worth spending some time.
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