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Quinnipiac Baseball Field

Hamden, CT

Home of the Quinnipiac Bobcats

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Quinnipiac Baseball Field (map it)
275 Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06518


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Quinnipiac University was founded in 1929, and has a student body of more than 8,000 students. It is a private school with major academic programs in the fields of Communications, Arts and Sciences, Law, and Education. One of the university’s claims to fame is the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, which is utilized by many of the major networks and media outlets for public opinion polls, political polls, and marketing analysis. The university is also widely known as a “green” campus, with environmentally renewable resources, including an on campus wind farm. Thus the title to this article (and you thought it was about a bat with magic powers).

Bobcat baseball is headquartered at Quinnipiac Baseball Field. This is one of the most natural settings you will ever see for a sports facility. It adjoins the beautiful Sleeping Giant State Park, and follows the natural elevation of the area, producing a unique embankment in right center field that challenges all outfielders.

In addition, the field is asymmetric in design, with measurements of 340 down the left field line, 400 to straightaway center, 350 to the embankment in right center and 325 down the right field line. Did I mention that there is no fence along the first and third base lines? Here a simple white line indicates when a ball is out of play. Going over the ground rules takes an extra-long time in this park. The Bobcats seem to use these quirks to their advantage, as they have a .667 winning percentage at home.

In keeping with its eco-friendly setting, the only permanent facilities on the field are the backstop, the two dugouts and an open press box. The bleachers are portable and are moved to other fields when not in use. Frankly Bobcat fans don’t use them as they like to set up lawn chairs, coolers or beach towels to watch the game.

The Bobcats are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Member institutions include Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Monmouth, Niagara, Rider, St. Peter’s and Siena.

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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    3

There is no concession stand at Quinnipiac baseball games. Everyone seems to bring their own beverages and picnic supplies. The theory is a concession stand creates trash and you do not see litter on the Bobcat campus. Everyone who brings food and beverage in is expected to take the leftovers home. If you did not come prepared, a fruit and vegetable market featuring local produce is set up in the athletic parking lot on Saturdays. Though lack of concessions would usually result in a low score for this category, I admire Quinnipiac's dedication to being a green facility. The fans don't seem to mind, and some of their picnic offerings are pretty impressive. Embrace this if you go to a game, and bring your own spread to the game.

Atmosphere    3

Quinnipiac baseball games are a great way to relax after a hard day at work or in class. "Laid back" would be an understatement. The setting is gorgeous and there is little to interfere with your enjoyment of the game. It feels more like a community park baseball facility than a college athletic facility. The Bobcats home field is basic by design, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. It is not interrupted by endless promotions, contests between innings or music announcing each hitter. You can simply watch baseball in nature's splendor, talk to your neighbor and have an enjoyable day at the park.

Neighborhood    4

The quaint New England village of Hamden is home to the Quinnipiac University main campus. The town is distinguished by its proximity to Sleeping Giant State Park, which looms directly over the outfield walls of the baseball facility. The state park offers many great hiking trails.

Shuttles run from the campus into the village on a regular basis. There are numerous accommodations within 5 miles of the campus including Homewood Suites, the Fairfield Inn and the Courtyard Marriott. Those really seeking a real New England experience can choose from two great B&B's, the High Meadow B&B or the Wallingford Victorian.

Popular food choices in the Hamden area include The Everyday Gourmet, Eli's on Whitney, Cafe Amici, as well as Westbrook Lobster and Seafood. Hamden is just 15 miles from New Haven, which has countless additional dining and entertainment centers to offer.

Fans    3

At Quinnipiac, hockey is definitely the top cat in athletics and in the heart of the students. The skating Bobcats have been frequent participants in the Frozen Four Hockey Championships. That being said, baseball is second in the pecking order, as the university does not have a football program. Baseball season is often equated with the spring thaw after a long winter, and the students flock to games to enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy America's pastime. There are numerous rivals in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference whose campuses are less than 90 minutes away, so Bobcat fans often know students from other schools and as a result there is some good natured ribbing between opposing fans.

Access    4

Quinnipiac University is conveniently located in Hamden, Connecticut and is easily accessible from both Hartford and New Haven by several major highways (via I-91/Route 40 and Route 10). The university is also accessed by rail via Metro North Rail and the Shore East Line. Bus service to campus is provided by the CT Transit System. Quinnipiac University is 90 minutes from New York City and 2 hours from Boston. Once on campus, parking for the baseball park is immediately adjacent to the field.

Return on Investment    3

No tickets are required for Quinnipiac baseball games and parking is free. Add in beautiful scenery and a good baseball, and what more could you ask for?

Extras    2

Two major historical figures have called Hamden home. They are Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, which was very important to the textile mills of Connecticut and famed author Thornton Wilder of "Our Town" fame. Their homes are now museums.

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In the Shadow of the Sleeping Giant

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 0
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

While Quinnipiac plays in a most picturesque ballpark, there is little else going for it. There are no concessions, a most laid back atmosphere (not that this is a bad thing), and a small crowd present for most games. At least admission and parking are free. Most fans simply bring their own seats and coolers, and enjoy some good baseball in an awesome setting.

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Local Food & Drink

Eli’s on Whitney  (map it!)

2392 Whitney Ave

Hamden, CT 06518

(203) 287-1101

http://elisrg.com/elisonwhitney/

Cafe Amici  (map it!)

1670 Whitney Ave

Hamden, CT 06517

(203) 848-1682

http://www.cafeamicict.com/

Westbrook Lobster and Seafood  (map it!)

300 Church St

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 265-5071

http://www.westbrooklobster.com/

Local Entertainment

Sleeping Giant State Park  (map it!)

200 Mt Carmel Ave

Hamden, CT 06518

(203) 287-5658

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325264&deepNav_GID=1650%20

Lodging

Fairfield Inn New Haven Wallingford  (map it!)

100 Miles Dr

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-0001

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hvnfw-fairfield-inn-new-haven-wallingford/

Homewood Suites Hotel Wallingford  (map it!)

90 Miles Dr

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-2600

http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/connecticut/homewood-suites-by-hilton-wallingford-meriden-WALCTHW/index.html

Courtyard New Haven Wallingford  (map it!)

600 Northrop Rd

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-9400

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hvnwa-courtyard-new-haven-wallingford/

High Meadow Bed & Breakfast  (map it!)

1290 Whirlwind Hill Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 269-2351

http://www.high-meadow.com/

Wallingford Victorian Inn  (map it!)

245 N Main St

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 265-1200

http://www.thewallingfordvictorian.com/

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