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Official Review by Andrei Ojeda, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
California's Inland Empire is a great market for minor league baseball. In less than 90 minutes, fans can stop by the stadiums of three different minor league franchises. Perhaps the most storied of all of these franchises, calls the city of Rancho Cucamonga its home.
The franchise is well known by stadium travelers due to its unforgettable city name, regionally-appropriate nickname, comfortable venue, and reputation for a great fan experience..
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run ever since. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008. In 2013, the Epicenter became known as LoanMart Field after the franchise signed a ten-year naming rights agreement. In spite of the name change, folks still fondly refer to the yard as The Epicenter. .
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LoanMart Field offers a great variety at very reasonable prices. One could argue that the selection at the stadium competes with many of the offerings in MLB venues. As the Dodgers Single A affiliate you'll be happy to know that the Dodger Dog ($5) and All Beef Super Dodger Dog ($6) are available in Aftershock Alley. Other entrée's available at Aftershock Alley are Pulled Pork Sandwich ($7.50), Tri Tip Sandwich ($8.50), as well as Grilled Chicken Wraps and Grilled Chicken Salads ($7). Fans can purchase entrees as a value combo meal for an additional $3. The Combo includes a 16 oz Pepsi brand soda and a bag of chips.
Traditional ballpark snacks ranging from $2-$5.50 such as nachos and chili cheese nachos, churros (three), pretzel w/cheese (salted, cinnamon sugar or unsalted), peanuts and cracker jack, theatre sized candy or Lays brand chips are also available at Aftershock Alley as well as other concessions. Pepsi product sodas, Gatorade, bottled water, energy drinks, coffee and hot chocolate range from $3.50 to $5 for a large souvenir soda. Domestic and Premium Draft Beer, ranging from Budweiser products to local draft brews like Hangar 24 are available for $7.50-$8.50.
Quakes Cantina, located on the right field corner, offers tacos (four), baja fish tacos (three), a taco salad, super nachos, or burritos ($7.50-$8). Continuing their homage to their parent club in L.A., the Doyer Dog (a Dodger Dog loaded with chili, nacho cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos) is also available for $7.50.
Moving through the concourse, for that sweet tooth of yours, The Sweet Spot offers a good variety of frozen desserts ($5-$7.50), be it in a waffle cone or a souvenir helmet, as well as a banana split and a funnel fry sundae. .
The Hot Corner; no, not third base, but the concession stand on the left field side, offers burgers (turkey $7.50, cheese, beer cheese and bacon, and California $8) Philly Cheesesteak and pastrami sandwiches are also available for $8.
The Quakes are atop the California League in attendance year after year for the fun-filled experience that they provide for all fans.
The Epicenter/LoanMart Field is a truly beautiful venue, where the sun is likely always shining, and tree-lined outfield fence is only overshadowed by the towering San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
The team's mascots, AfterShock andTremor, are billed as a "Rallysaurus," and are constantly encouraging fan interaction.
The neighborhood is located where the Mohave Trail, Old Spanish Trail, Santa Fe Trail, El Camino Real, and the former Route 66 all meet. Fans will notice many of the old Route 66 markers throughout the streets on the way to the stadium. The stadium is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sport Park, surrounded by three softball fields and two soccer fields.
Just a few minutes away is most of your common fast food eateries as well as several other sit-down options at nearby Victoria Gardens, including California Pizza Kitchen, Slater's 50/50, and Yard House. Richie's Real American Diner is your standard diner that also offer's wood smoked bbq. Richie's Diner pays tribute to the local area's Route 66 roots.
During the history of the franchise, the team has at one point or another been affiliated with each of the three Southern California MLB teams (Padres, Angels, and Dodgers). During each of these affiliations, fans may have encountered a Quakes experience and the positive word-of-mouth has quickly grown the fan base.
The Rancho Cucamonga fans are passionate. The team has frequently led the California League in attendance during its existence. The stadium shares land with an adult sports park, so many teams from recreational leagues stop by the stadium after games.
Due to its current affiliation with the Dodgers as well as its proximity to L.A., don't be surprised should you see plenty of Dodger Blue in the stands. The Quakes do an outstanding job of marketing their product as well as paying tribute to their parent club, even adding Dodger Blue to their color scheme. So knowledgeable and passionate are the fans here about both the Single A and big club should you walk around Dodger Stadium in Rancho Cucamunga Quakes gear chances are you'll have a few fans acknowledge you.
Rancho Cucamonga is just under an hour away from Los Angeles. The stadium is located just a few minutes off of both the 15 & 10 freeways, so residents from all over can access it rather easily. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of stoplights around the park, so be prepared to stop frequently after exiting the freeway.
Parking is plentiful for $5 a spot. Fans can get a stamp for re-entry if they need to leave the stadium for any reason.
When visiting LoanMart Field, fans will pay $5 for parking and have a variety of ticket prices to choose from. The least expensive tickets are $9 ($10 Day of Game) and the Field Box is $11 ($12 Day of Game). The Super Box, hugging the first few rows from first through third base will cost $13 ($14 Day of Game).
Montejo Dugout Decks, located next to the Quakes third base dugout, sell on the day of game for $20 and provide tables for families and friends to place their food and personal items. The Quakes really make it affordable for all fans to shake, rattle, and roll at the Epicenter with several fun promotions to reduce your ticket expense.
The tree-lined outfield wall and San Gabriel Mountains in the distance provide a truly perfect baseball setting. LoanMart Field is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sports Park and is surrounded by recreational baseball/softball diamonds. If any of the fields are empty, visiting fans can easily find some space to play a game or simply toss a baseball back and forth.
Walking the concourse, fans will find several banners commemorating notable players of the Quake's past ranging from all three Southern California MLB teams the Quakes were once and currently affiliated with. The banners provide the stats of the player while they played in Rancho Cucamonga as well as a photo and some personal information..
Also in the concourse, fans will find the day's starting lineups and current California League standings. Down the third base side is the "Quakes Hall of Fame," complete with plaques commemorating the franchise's most important players.
Lastly, just in front of the press box, fans can spot the retired numbers of the franchise. The three numbers include LaChappa (20), Robinson (42), and the Fans (26).
The Quakes continue to be a leader in the California League circuit. Their stadium is perfect because it's in a highly populated area that continues to grow, yet manages to provide a feeling of serenity in the ballpark. The Quakes have recently renewed their affiliation with the Dodgers through 2018 to the delight of the locals. The Quakes continue to draw fans from throughout the Inland Empire all the way to L.A. With the unfortunate demise of the High Desert Mavericks, it should be no surprise should the Quakes continue to expand on their fan base.
Member Review by DrewCieszynski
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have been affiliated with several MLB teams: Padres, Angels, and now the Dodgers. When they were affiliated with the Angels, Stadium Journey discovered a new species of dinosaur, finding the rumored "Rallysauras" in Rancho Cucamonga. The Angels organization created all sorts of Rally-inspired creatures to generate excitement at their games. In 2011, the team changed their affiliation to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Few would argue that there is a more unforgettable city name in all of baseball than Rancho Cucamonga. If you haven't already heard of the place, you may remember it as the setting of Ice Cube's movie "Next Friday" or when Michael Scott mentioned it as "the next stop" on his pretend train during an episode of "The Office."
The stadium known as the Epicenter is located off of Rochester Avenue in the Rancho Cucamonga's "Adult Sports Park." Now before you expect nudity, alcohol and fair game on the profanities at an "adult" place, keep in mind that this is a reference to the adult leagues on the three softball fields and two soccer fields in the park.
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run ever since. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008.
Member Review by juliankingston2 on Jan 24, 2012
Great Place! I liked the sight lines, and the fans were great. The players were easily accessible for my kids to get autographs, which was a plus. The food wasn't great, but overall a good experience.
Member Review by DrewCieszynski on Aug 23, 2013
California’s Inland Empire is a great market for minor league baseball. In less than 90 minutes, fans can stop by the stadiums of four different minor league franchises. Perhaps the most storied of all of these franchises, calls the city of Rancho Cucamonga its home.
The franchise is well known by stadium travelers due to its unforgettable city name, regionally-appropriate nickname, comfortable venue, and reputation for a great fan experience.
For most of its existence, the stadium was known as the Epicenter. This was of course, a very appropriate name considering the city’s proximity to an earthquake fault line.
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run ever since. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008. In 2013, the Epicenter became known as LoanMart Field after the franchise signed a ten-year naming rights agreement.
Member Review by Steel Collins on Jan 04, 2014
The ballpark is well located, but it is starting to show its age. It does not look as though much new has been added since it opened nearly 20 years ago. There is nothing wrong with it, but nothing iconic or noteworthy either. Slightly above average, but nothing special.
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