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Official Review by Paul Baker, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Prior to the 2016 season, the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League changed their name to the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. The name change was put into effect to broaden the team’s appeal to the entire region as well as to highlight the team’s proximity to New Hampshire’s largest lake and popular tourist attraction.
The Muskrats have been playing in Laconia since 2010 after playing in Manchester, Connecticut as the Silkworms for 10 years. The team has appeared in the playoffs five times, making one championship series appearance during their time in New Hampshire.
The Winnipesaukee Muskrats play their home games at the Robbie Mills Memorial Sports Complex, which was created in honor of local boy Robbie Mills, who was murdered in 1998. Robbie was a huge sports fan who played basketball, baseball, and soccer. The town dedicated the local sports complex in his honor in 2005.
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There is a small concession stand operated out of the first floor of the press building. They offer a limited menu, highlighted by Sal's Pizza slices and Ballpark Hot Dogs. Bottles of Coca-Cola products are sold, as well as nachos, Klondike Bars and a variety of candies.
Local favorite Happy Cow sets up shop next to the press box, offering various ice cream flavors and root beer floats. Fans looking for more traditional ballpark fare should head down the left field line, where the 405 Pub and Grill cooks up burgers, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches for hungry Muskrat fans.
The team also sells a variety of t-shirts and hats out of the front of the press box building.
Fans looking for an elaborate game day presentation will not find one here in Laconia. The atmosphere at Mills Field is a very quiet, laid-back one. There are no between inning contests or promotions to distract anyone from the action on the field. As with many other summer college ballparks, part of the fun is watching the many children in attendance race after foul balls. At Mills Field, there is a lot of room for kids to roam and burn off any excess energy they may have.
The Robbie Mills Sports Complex is located about 5 miles from downtown Laconia in a wooded area far removed from the local tourist areas. There is nothing in the immediate vicinity of the complex for visitors to do or see.
The tourist destinations of Lake Winnipesaukee and Weirs Beach are located a ten minute drive from the sports complex. The town of Laconia, with a year round population of just over 15,000, swells to several times that during the summer months, as tourists flock to the many seasonal attractions in the area.
Laconia has averaged between 300-400 fans per game during their time in New Hampshire, placing them in the bottom third of the NECBL rankings.
Crowds at Mills Field are generally of the "Friends and Family" type often seen in the summer leagues. A good chunk of the crowd on any given night has some type of connection with the team, either as boosters, volunteers, or as host families. This gives the people in attendance a strong connection with the team on the field and an intense rooting interest.
On any given night you will also find many local families enjoying an inexpensive night out, as well as some tourists looking for something a little different to do during their time in the lakes region of central New Hampshire.
The Robbie Mills Sports Complex is located off of Route 106 in rural Laconia. The nearest interstate, I-93, is about a 20 minute drive from the complex. The tourist attractions of Lake Winnipesaukee and Weirs Beach are about a ten minute drive away. Travelers to the area will take Interstate 93 to exit 20 (Route 3) into Laconia, then take Route 106 to the sports complex.
Once inside the ballpark, fans will find a new, nicely manicured field with several different seating options. There is a large set of metal bleachers on the first base side of the field, as well as two sets of metal bleachers on the third base side. In addition, there is room all around the field for fans to set up their lawn chairs and blankets, including prime spots directly behind home plate. Fans wanting a little more room to spread out can set up shop on the large hill beyond the left and center field fences.
Fans requiring handicapped access will find it easy to get around Mills Field. There are paved paths all around the ball field, as well as accessible bleachers for fans to use. There are good views from all the seats surrounding the field, and no netting to obstruct fans' views. There are clean, new restrooms in the press box building.
As is the case with all teams in the NECBL, a night at a Muskrats game is an affordable entertainment option for families in central New Hampshire.
Tickets for Muskrat games cost five dollars for adults, with seniors admitted for three dollars. Children under 16, active members of the military and host family members are admitted free of charge.
Parking is free in a large grassy lot across the street from the sports complex. Fans who are unable to walk long distances can park in the paved lot next to the field, but this is highly discouraged, as this is prime foul ball territory, and there is no guarantee that your windshield will make it through the game unscathed.
Extra points are awarded for the "Muskrat Monster," a 17 foot tall, 88 foot wide mini replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster. The original plan was to make the monster a party deck for Muskrat games. As of yet, the party deck has not been completed, but the large wall gives Mills Field a unique touch in an otherwise plain ballpark.
Robbie Mills Field is not a place you will stumble across by accident. Its location deep in the lake region of central New Hampshire guarantees that if you find yourself at Robbie Mills Field, you fully intended to come here. Visitors to Mills Field will find a relaxed, no-frills atmosphere at which to enjoy some quality baseball surrounded by some of the friendliest fans and staffers you will ever meet. The facility is new, clean, and nicely manicured, with a scenic mountain backdrop not easily matched elsewhere.
The level of play in the NECBL is good, as dozens of former Muskrats have gone on to sign professional contracts. One former Muskrat, Jason Rogers, reached the major leagues in 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Member Review by puckmanri on Jul 29, 2014
The Laconia Muskrats play their home games at the Robbie Mills Memorial Sports Complex, which was created in honor of local boy Robbie Mills, who was murdered in 1998. Robbie was a huge sports fan who played basketball, baseball, and soccer. The town dedicated the local sports complex in his honor in 2005.
The Muskrats have been playing in Laconia since 2010 after playing in Manchester, Connecticut as the Silkworms for 10 years. The team has appeared in one New England Collegiate Baseball League championship series during their time in New Hampshire.
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