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Official Review by Michael Davis, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
AirHogs Stadium, formerly QuikTrip Park, is home to the independent league American Association, and Texas AirHogs. The Texas AirHogs were formerly known as the Grand Prairie AirHogs, but changed their name as the team will split their home games between Grand Prairie and Amarillo, Texas.
The AirHogs began playing baseball in 2008, bringing professional baseball just down the highway from Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. The AirHogs name ties Grand Prairie to its World War II era aviator heritage. Grand Prairie was home to the military base, Naval Air Station Dallas until the closure in the mid 90’s. AirHogs Stadium provides a little bit of everything for everybody.
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The food selections are basic hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts, and popcorn. However, the prices are much more pleasant to the wallet compared to the usual ballpark prices. There are only a few items that cost over $5 on the menu. Those items consist of a ½ lb Angus burger basket, chicken tender basket, and a plastic batting helmet filled with cheese nachos.
There is a specialty concession stand behind home plate near the main entrance called Bobby Fajitas that can satisfy your Tex-Mex craving. The best item is the fajita nachos costing $7, which is the highest cost item as the menu is reasonably between $4 to $7.
On the first base side, in between the main concession stand and The Wide World of Parks, there is another stand that offers dessert items. Ice cream, root beer floats, or shakes are served for $5. One interesting feature is the year round restaurant bar in left field, offering food and drinks at quite reasonable prices.
Being an independent league baseball team and playing games in two different cities could affect the fan support, but not the atmosphere in Grand Prairie. There is a variety of entertainment to choose from between innings for contest and games, keeping the fans involved throughout the baseball game. The AirHogs fans are good with constant cheers.
In keeping with minor league tradition from the past, when an AirHogs player hits a home run, a bucket is pass around for fans to donate at least a dollar to the player that hit the home run. Yes, these players are getting paid, but nothing like the professionals up the road in Arlington.
There is also plenty to keep the kids intrigued with a unique playground on the first baseline called The Wide World of Parks that includes a wiffle ball field, basketball court and jungle gym for the kids. The mascot, Scout with his aviator's goggles keeps fans energetic with the t-shirt tosses, dance moves, and other typical mascot duties throughout the game.
On Sundays, the right field pool area is open to the public, adding another element to the atmosphere in Grand Prairie. It is all about being entertained with America's pastime.
Grand Prairie, Texas is large city that is situated between downtown Dallas on the east side and Arlington on the west side. DFW and Dallas Love Field are both within 20 minutes from Grand Prairie.
AirHogs Stadium is located in the entertainment district of Grand Prairie, just down the road from the Belt Line Exit, off the Tom Landry Freeway (I-30), in the same complex as Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Lone Star Park holds simulcast as well live horse racing. The crowds are large on Triple Crown races especially the first Saturday in May, for the Kentucky Derby. Lone Star Park was home to the 2004 Breeders' Cup. The complex also is home to the Verizon Theatre just beyond the right field fence. The only other point of interest near this area is the Ripley's Believe or Not Wax Museum.
The closest lodging near AirHogs Stadium is near the wax museum. There are three lodging options; Lone Star Inn, Super 8, or a Motel 6.
The restaurant scene in the area around the stadium is non-existent, but if you want to check out a supporter of AirHogs baseball then head south on Belt Line to visit Outlaw's BBQ. However, being between Dallas and Arlington, the entertainment, lodging, and restaurant scene becomes limitless so venture towards either one of those cities and you'll find plenty of Texas hospitality.
The problem with AirHogs fans is there aren't many of them at the game. The games I attended in the past used to be a wonderful gathering especially on Thirsty Thursday night when beer cost a $1. The fans that are there are outstanding. They all seem to love the game of baseball.
AirHogs Stadium is located in the Grand Prairie Entertainment District off the Beltline Exit on I-30, just west of downtown Dallas. The ballpark shares the neighborhood with Lone Star Park and the Verizon Theater, which provides plenty of signage. The ballpark is easily accessible from I-30. However, there is no public transportation that connects from downtown Dallas or the airports.
The AirHogs provide free parking as the parking lots are shared with the horse track, Lone Star Park. There is one main entrance near the team's store and ticket window.
The concourses are wide, however, the concourse does not continue around the whole ballpark. The outfield has no seating except in right field, which hosts the pool area. The ballpark has a sports bar down the third baseline that is open on non game days as well. Just keep in mind that the stadium shares an entertainment complex with two other venues that might have events going on that evening so planning ahead is recommended.
The Texas AirHogs tickets range between $8-$15 a ticket. If there isn't a large crowd, you most likely will be able to find a seat to your liking as the ushers are reasonable and accommodating to the fans. There are money savers throughout the season, just view the Texas AirHogs website.
There are suites above home plate available for $400-$500 depending on the day of the game. The most interesting rental could be the pool party deck. The pool party deck can be rented Monday through Saturday at the cost of $350. This includes room for 50-75 people with pool deck furniture, a video board message and live PA announcement welcoming your group. The pool is open to the public for Sunday games.
The reasonable ticket prices, free parking, and low cost concession stands, make this one of the better summertime sports entertainment options in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The promotional schedule throughout the season can help save money for fans with Military Monday, where a military ID equals a free ticket, or Two for Tuesday, two tickets for the price of one.
The ballpark infrastructure replicating an airport, from the monument in front of the main entrance, to the towers, and runway lights to bring you in the main entrance are all great characteristics.
The Texas AirHogs aren't in a competition with nearby Globe Life Park or the Texas Rangers. Instead, the AirHogs are providing another choice for baseball entertainment in the Dallas area. If you are traveling to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for business or leisure, see if the AirHogs have landed in Grand Prairie by checking out their website and enjoy some AirHogs baseball in true Texas style.
Member Review by pderrick
The Grand Prairie AirHogs began playing baseball in 2008, bringing Dallas County something Tarrant County had had for years- great baseball. The AirHogs bring the World War II era aviator heritage that Grand Prairie has to the forefront from their hangar-like stadium to the monuments of past aviators. QuikTrip park will provide a little bit of everything for everybody.
Member Review by Tejasduck on Jun 21, 2016
Just simply baseball at its finest. No large crowds, no overpriced concessions, plenty of activities for the kids, and the love of baseball.
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