York, Pennsylvania was the first capital of the United States. The title claim comes from the assertion that the Articles of Confederation was the first legal document to refer to the colonies as "the United States of America," and York happened to be the capital when it was adopted.
York is known as the White Rose City while nearby Lancaster is known as the Red Rose City city in reference to the Wars of the Roses. For many years a baseball rivalry existed between the two cities with the York White Roses and Lancaster Red Roses. The York White Roses existed from 1894–1969, although technically they were known as the York Pirates the final year in town. League membership moved around between the Eastern League, Piedmont League, Interstate League, New York-Penn League, Tri-State League, Pennsylvania State League, and Keystone Association.
The former home of the White Roses, now known as Bob Hoffman Stadium, is still located in town and is in use as a softball field. The original concrete walls of the stadium still exist. An upward sloping hill was, and is, a unique distinction of the stadium. Of course, softball uses fences of a shorter distance and so the hill is no issue for the modern players. It must have been quite a thing to witness and play back in the day.
In 2007, the Revolution came to town as part of the independent Atlantic League.
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The stadium is filled with basic stadium food options. Prices are on the lower side of most stadium type events. Beer starts at $4.50 and goes higher if you choose a craft beer. Hot dogs start at $4.50, even cheaper for a kids version.
Bricker's Famous French Fries, available in the grandstand and also in a full stand beyond center field, is the standout item. This popular local food item is very good and always worth a purchase.
There is also a Little Caesar's Pizza branded food stand. There is quite a bit of cross promotion with that vendor.
There are also some food trucks that sit on the edge of the left field concourse to expand the offerings at the stadium. Soul Burrito has great burritos as well as tacos and mac 'n' cheese. Savory's Funnel Cakes has two funnel cakes - a standard funnel cake and its specialty pumpkin funnel cakes.
Check out the "Hungry Fan Map" on the main concourse for more information.
Fans enter the stadium through Brooks Robinson Plaza. The Orioles great played for the White Rose and is now part of the team operations.
The grandstand is a basic bowl set up and offers a great view from pretty much any seat.
A fun place to sit is the lawn section beyond center field. In that location there is also one row of seating both in front of the lawn and in front of playground area.
A nice addition to the stadium is the "Arch Nemesis" wall in left field. Basically it is a green monster type wall. There is a hand operated scoreboard in the wall. Fans can walk behind the wall and see the scoreboard operator in action.
There is a walkway that extends around the entire field and offers some great views.
"Cannonball Charlie," a man clad in revolutionary garb, fires off a small, real cannon at the start of the game and when the Revolution take the lead. Be prepared, as it is VERY loud.
The team mascot is named "Downtown."
The baseball stadium is just north of a slightly rough downtown area.
Downtown York is not far away and there are some great bars and restaurants here. Stop in at White Rose Bar and Grill (48 N Beaver St.) or Holy Hound Taproom (57 W Market St.) for a bite and drink pre or postgame. Holy Hound has 30 beers on tap.
Route 30 is a place to find almost every chain restaurant and hotel brand in existence. Recommendations here would be Cheddar's (1340 Toronita St) and Mission BBQ (970 Loucks Rd).
Another recommendation that is not too far away is Aroogas Sports Bar at 1211 Haines Rd.
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has a large facility in York. Check their website for the occasional tour.
The fans that sit right behind the plate are knowledgeable. Once you get out to the fringe parts of the park you may see the more casual fan. Santander Stadium seems to make both types of fans feel right at home.
Route 30 and I-83 are the big roads in the area. Santander Stadium sits not far off of these roads in the north of downtown York.
There are eight paid parking lots around the area. Traffic can get busy near to game time, but it is certainly manageable.
Prices at Santander Stadium are fair ranging from $8 (lawn) to $14. There is also a nice variety of season and package plans.
There is a charge for parking but the prices are low and reasonable.
It is great to see the manual scoreboard in operation. So make sure to use the walkway and go behind to see the operator at work. It is fun little thing the Revolution added to the park to add character.
Also make sure to spend some time before the game and check out the Brooks Robinson statue. The statue in the plaza shows a young Brooks in his York White Roses uniform. The entire Brooks Robinson Plaza is a nice little feature as well as serving as a great pregame meeting spot.
Cannonball Charlie and his loud cannon is a nice little feature. Just be prepared because that cannon is really loud.
The ballpark has a nicely designed play area and a carousel in center field.
The York Revolution and Santander Stadium offers a nicely designed stadium with some really interesting features that are sure to please both the serious and casual baseball fan.
Founded in 2007, the York Revolution are still newcomers to the professional baseball scene, yet they're already establishing quite a niche in this central Pennsylvania town. The anchor of the northern end of York, Sovereign Bank Stadium has been home to the Revolution since halfway through their debut season. Part of the independent Atlantic League, SBS is home to AAA-level baseball in a ballpark built to match, and even exceed, its affiliated counterparts.
The Vault is a great little minor league park. Tough to park near, but overall a great place to catch a game.
Every time I come here (4 games so far), it seems that I have to park a mile away. The neighborhood is depressed but doesn't strike me as unsafe (like Binghamton or Lancaster). Nothing is very special about this but nothing is terrible either. The price is right and you can expect to be surrounded by families with kids since the place is so affordable. That's a good thing.
Sovereign Bank Stadium has so many cool little features to it that it puts most affiliated minor league parks to shame. The tallest wall in baseball, a hand operated scoreboard at the base of it and a really cool kids area in outfield are just some of the reasons this stadium rocks!
White Rose Bar and Grill and First Capitol are two bars within walking distance that are really fun.
I attended my first York Revolution game on 9/16/2012. It was a Sunday, and also Fan Appreciation Day.
Food and Beverage: Great selection. Fair prices. I ate a pretzel the size of a catcher's mitt.
Pros: Overall, the atmosphere was great. The stadium is very nice, the players are super friendly and attentive to the fans, the staff was friendly and helpful, etc. This stadium is a really great place to watch baseball. There's also a manual scoreboard out in left center, which added to the charm.
I went on Fan Appreciation Day, which upped the Atmosphere as well. The coach, Andy Etchebarren, was retiring, so they honored him...and Brooks Robinson gave a speech. Super cool surprise!
Announcer/Sound: I don't understand why some ballparks think they need to put a sound effect or song after EVERY pitch. Let it breathe a little here and there...BOING! CRASH! Come on...Not the end of the world though.
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!: If you're not christian and are easily offended or made to feel excluded, you may want to pick another day to come to the ballpark. All the songs on the loudspeaker before the game were christian rock songs, followed by one terrible (in my opinion) church ensemble live performance after another between innings.
I found this to be very distracting (luckily between innings) and a little overkill. To be fair, ANY performance between every inning would have been distracting. I came to watch a ball game. Instead of rolling my eyes, I just used the opportunity to eat that giant pretzel I mentioned above.
I got there early. Parking was $4 and close, although it was not closely monitored. I saw some people slipping in another entrance for free. The neighborhood seemed fine.
Fans: Absolutely awesome! They've created a real family there in York. They've got their inside cheers (Hit the wall!), they've got their mascot and kid version of the mascot, the fans know the players, the players know the fans. It was wonderful to watch and be a part of.
Return on Investment: Ticket prices were reasonable, as was parking fees.
Extras: Perhaps unfair because I went on fan appreciation day. There were tons of free give-aways at various times during the game (frisbees, tee-shirts, ticket taped to bottom of seat, etc). I received a free program upon entrance. The seats were nice and wide, and if you got row D or below, you got nice padded seats. The extras were great.
Conclusion: I would DEFINITELY go see the York Revolution again.
Sovereign Bank Stadium was built two years after Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, but it is almost an exact copy. Other than the high wall in LF, there is little distinguish it. That said, this is a nice enough ballpark to catch a game in. Seats are close to the field, concessions are good (especially the pretzels), and the atmosphere is lively. My only complaints are that the atmosphere is a bit loud at times and also that the concession stands have very long lines when there is a big crowd on hand. For my full review, check out my website : www.ballparkreviews.com
But I'm a little biased... :) My hometown team.
You could be forgiven for not immediately associating York, PA, with baseball, but it had a semi-pro baseball rivalry with nearby Lancaster from the 19th century through the late sixties, when both teams folded. That rivalry has been reborn in the new century, as both cities fielded independent Eastern League franchises, the Lancaster Barnstormers and the York Revolution. The Revolution have called 5,200-seat Sovereign Bank Stadium home since 2007.
Especially for an independent league park, Sovereign Bank Stadium is solid all-around, with a number of unique characteristics, such as the retrograde manual scoreboard in left field. Overall, the ballpark offers a good value for families and students.
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