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Red Wilson Field

South Yarmouth, MA

Home of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

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Red Wilson Field (map it)
210 Station Ave
South Yarmouth, MA 02664


Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox website

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Year Opened: 1963

Capacity: 2,500

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Red Sox of Cape Cod

The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox play their home games at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field, located on the campus of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Mr. Wilson is a Cape Cod Hall of Famer and a long-time educator and teacher at D-Y High School. The Red Sox have won five championships during their time at Red Wilson Field, and the field has played host to the Cape League All-Star game three times. In addition, Wilson Field was featured in the movie “Summer Catch.”

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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    5

There is a concession stand behind the first base bleachers which offers what is by far the most varied and extensive menu in the Cape League. All the staples are here, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and pepper sandwiches, pizza slices, nachos, and even grilled cheese. The Red Sox sell a variety of penny candies, which unfortunately do not cost a penny, but which can be purchased with some spare change. Bottles of Coca-Cola products are featured here for $2, as well as several flavors of slush puppies, also available for $2.

If you are in the mood for some ice cream, you are in for a treat. A wide variety of ice cream novelties are available, as well as several flavors of hard ice cream. More traditional baseball snacks are also sold at Wilson Field, such as pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and chips (Cape Cod brand chips-naturally). Should the line at the main concession stand be too long for your liking, there is a second, smaller concession stand selling drinks and snacks behind home plate.

All these food items alone would be enough to gain the Y-D Red Sox a good rating, but there are two items on the menu which bring the score up to the maximum. First is the clam chowder from local favorite Captain Parker's Restaurant. The chowder from Captain Parker's is routinely rated as the best on Cape Cod, and that's saying something.

Wilson Field is perhaps best known for their variation on the standard hamburger. Instead of using a regular bun, the folks at Wilson Field use Dunkin' Donuts as buns. The buns are sliced in half and grilled, then used in place of your traditional bun. Not only that, the donut burgers come in three varieties-glazed, jelly, and Boston crème. These burgers are legendary around the Cape League, and a must-have for many of the regulars at Wilson Field.

Atmosphere    3

Seasoned fans of the Cape Cod League will be very familiar with the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere at the games here. Fans who are only familiar with the shenanigans and in-your-face style of promotions common in the minor leagues will be in for a shock. Depending on your preference, you will either love or hate the atmosphere in Yarmouth.

Missing here are the constant advertisements, walk-up songs, and between innings promotions present at so many ballparks today. What remains is a baseball purist's dream; baseball as the focus. PA announcements are limited to between innings, upcoming batters, and lineup changes, and music is limited to between innings. Most of the ambiance here is provided by the fans. Kids run around playing catch and chasing foul balls, families spread out in the outfield with picnic lunches, and neighbors meet up at the ballpark and catch up on all the local news. It's a step back in time, and right in line with the overall attitude on the Cape. If you are coming in from out of town, soak it in, you won't find it anywhere else.

Neighborhood    2

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School is located in a residential area, and there is little in the immediate area to see or do. However, a short drive away visitors can find much more to do. Route 28 is the commercial center of Yarmouth, with a multitude of restaurants, shops, and points of interest.

Of course, the Cape is best known as a tourist destination, and there is plenty around to satisfy any visitor to the area. Top notch golf courses, fantastic beaches, and world-class resorts are all nearby. If you travel to the area during the summer, be sure to give yourself extra time to get around, as it gets crowded on the Cape in July and August. There are only so many roads to go around in these small towns.

Fans    3

The Red Sox have ranked near the bottom of the league in terms of attendance over the past couple of years, but they have a good following and very strong community support. As with all summer league teams, the Red Sox are run by volunteers and are dependent on community sponsors. Yarmouth-Dennis enjoys a strong support system in this regard.

The type of crowd you will see at Wilson Field is directly correlated with the time of year you come to the area. Crowds in Yarmouth, as in all the Cape League towns, tend to start slow in June and pick up steam as the tourists arrive for peak season in July and August. If you would like to avoid the bigger crowds (and corresponding traffic on the Cape), come early on. Fans at Wilson Field are a good mix of families enjoying an inexpensive night out, tourists, and locals. People here are friendly, and it seems like everyone at Wilson Field knows each other. By the end of a typical Red Sox game, chances are you will leave knowing a few new people as well.

Access    4

Red Wilson Field is very easy to get to. Simply take exit 8 (Station Ave) off of Route 6, and follow Station Ave southbound for just over a mile. D-Y High School will appear on your left, and Wilson Field is located behind the school. Driving is the primary method to arrive at Wilson Field, as no bus routes directly serve the area around the high school.

Once inside Wilson Field, you will find a wide variety of places from which to take in the action. There are several sets of small metal bleaches to choose from, one behind home plate, two on the third base line, and eight running the length of the first base line. Fans will notice that the views from many of these bleachers are not obstructed by netting as they are in many places on the Cape. It's great to take in the action without the obstructions of fences or netting.

Of course, one of the great traditions of summer college ballparks is being able to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers and enjoy the game as you choose. Wilson Field has a variety of areas where fans can set up shop. There are spaces behind home plate, in between the bleachers, and beyond the outfield fence. The most popular spot is on a small hill down by the Y-D bullpen. Although located a little ways down the line, it provides a great vantage point from which to take in the game, and gives fans a little room to spread out. Get there early and stake your claim, as this hill fills up quickly.

The grounds at Wilson field are nicely manicured, with some nice shade trees and areas for the kids to roam and expend some energy. However, there are no paths around the ballpark, so if you have difficulty getting around, tread carefully. Fans needing rest rooms will be pleased to find new facilities in the concession building.

Return on Investment    5

As with all the Cape Cod League ballparks, admission to all Red Sox games is free of charge. The team will happily accept any donation you can give, and in return they will give you a lineup sheet and a program. All parking is also available at no cost in the D-Y High School parking lot. There are more than enough spots here to accommodate any size crowd. Add in affordable concessions, and it is hard to top the value of a night watching the Y-D Red Sox.

Extras    2

The Red Sox, as is the case with all the Cape League teams, enjoy great community support. The team holds a nightly 50/50 raffle to help defray operating costs. Besides the traditional cash prize, this raffle provides numerous prizes from local sponsors, ensuring that several fans go home as winners. In addition, several local organizations set up shop at Red Sox games, providing giveaways to fans at Wilson Field.

With Cape Cod located about an hour from Boston, it's natural that one of the teams would take up the Red Sox nickname. The team wears identical uniforms as the Boston Red Sox, with a nod to the Chicago White Sox logo on the team's hat.

Final Thoughts

Many baseball people consider the Cape Cod League to be the nation's premier summer collegiate league. One out of every seven players in the majors today came through the Cape League during their college years. The close proximity of the teams makes it possible to visit several, if not all, ten teams in a short period of time. Yarmouth-Dennis' central location on the Cape makes it a popular home base for many ballpark aficionados visiting the area. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always sample a donut burger to complete your ballpark experience.

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