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Official Review by Geoff Crawley, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Regency Furniture Stadium is the current home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. This spanking new stadium, built in 2008, is located in Waldorf, MD, not far from Washington, DC.
The password is: fun.
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Great food variety abounds here. All of the regular ballpark favorites are here, plus your obligatory Crab Cake sandwich (we are in Maryland, after all) and a neat choice called a Crab Pretzel, which is a soft pretzel covered in crab meat. There is also the cleverly named Sea Dog, which is a breaded fish filet on a hot dog bun.
The big daddy of them all is the Pincher. Start with a hot dog. Then cover it in mashed potatoes. Then wrap the whole mess in a flour tortilla. Then put some cheese on it. Then cover it with chili. Voila! You have a Pincher, a gooey, sloppy, delightful unhealthy mess. Come just for that.
There are close to a dozen beers available on tap or in cans or bottles for $5.50, 24 ounce cans will set you back $7-$8.
This is a new stadium, so it is still trying to find its identity. It is a nice place, where the "brand new" buzz has worn off, and it doesn't seem to know what it will be yet. I suspect that it will be a good one as time goes by, but it's just too early to tell now. Extra point for the manual scoreboard and the door in the left field wall through which the players enter. I like the old-schooliness of it.
I have yet to give out a zero for a neighborhood, but this came awfully close. There is nothing around this place for a couple of miles, and I swear I saw the Blair Witch. There is plenty to do within a 10-15 minute drive, but there is absolutely no sense of a neighborhood.
So I was leaning towards a four, when, during a t-shirt toss, one fan yelled, "Hey, toss one over here!" Then, as they were getting ready to reach for one, said, "Ah, I don't feel like getting up." Kind of summed up the whole fan malaise here. They seemed to be, I don't know, just there. I mean, if you don't want to be there, don't go. The rest of us will have a better time without you.
I'm told that they sell out nearly every game, but I didn't see it when I was there. Having said that, on the day when I was originally set to visit, it was rained out and there were a LOT of people there on a rainy day. So I can give them the benefit of the doubt.
There is plenty of free parking and the bathrooms are big and clean, no waiting. They have separate family bathrooms as well.
Great prices here on everything from tickets to food. They have a spot in left field called the Texas Roadhouse Corral, where, for less than 30 bucks (including ticket price, and sometimes WAY less than 30 bucks), you can eat all the catered food you like. Depending on when you go, food could be as simple as great burgers and dogs to beef tips and ribs.
The stadium has some unique stuff. It has a larger than average kids area, which includes a rock climbing wall. The seating is great, and it includes seating behind the outfield wall, which is always a plus for me. Also behind the wall is Crabby Cove, a giant pool which includes bumper boats. Yes, bumper boats. Pretty amazing. Bonus points for a nursing mothers' room here as well.
Geoff Crawley is the Mid Atlantic Regional Correspondent and Voice of the Fan and is the host of a weekly podcast.
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