Spurgeon Field at Memorial Park (map it)
605 E Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Year Opened: 1947
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Official Review by Meg Minard, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Two thousand seventeen (2017) marks the very first year for the UCCS (University of Colorado – Colorado Springs) Mountain Lions to play baseball in the NCAA. They are a welcome addition to the citizens of Colorado Springs, CO and to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC); a Division II conference.
While a new stadium is being constructed on campus, the Mountain Lions played their first season at Spurgeon Field at Memorial Park; a park maintained and operated by the city of Colorado Springs Parks and Cultural Services.
The Sky Sox played in this facility in the 1950s when they were associated with the White Sox; they returned in 1988 and played here before moving to Security Service Field. Built in the late 1940’s, it brings back memories of how the sport was once viewed.
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The Black Forest Chew Chew Gastro food truck is available at Mountain Lions games. To be honest, I'm not quite sure if they'll be at all the home games. It'd be a shame if they aren't.
Snacks include pizza egg rolls, tots with homemade dipping sauce, ice cream sandwich and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich ($2 - $3). Entrees include four types of burgers ($10 - $11), hot dogs, street tacos ($4), and chicken salad, tuna, or turkey sandwich ($7 - $8). All of it looks fabulously delicious.
Water, soda, or Arizona Ice Tea are offered ($1 - $2). Alcoholic beverages are not for sale.
I did notice at the doubleheader I attended, they had left by the end of the first game so get your nourishment early in the first game.
The stadium has three sets of sturdy metal bleachers; behind first base, home plate, and third base. The press box is perched on top of the home plate section. The first and third base seats offer views of the playing field chain link fence free. Sit behind home plate if the security from a foul ball is important.
Obstructed views are present at Spurgeon Field. Light fixture poles block some seats and, if sitting low, the dugouts can hinder seeing a play down the right or left fields. It's easy to get up and move around so move around before you settle in. Or move around during the game to get that perfect spot.
One or two rows of seats are covered by the press box; the rest are out in the open. Bring umbrella, blanket, sun screen, winter jacket, and/or t-shirt all just depending on that day's Colorado weather.
Some fans bring folding chairs and sit right behind the chain link fence. I recommend sitting on the third base side (home side) as an impressive view of the Rocky Mountains is witnessed.
A basic dot matrix scoreboard displays the inning, runs, balls, strikes, and outs. The field is real grass and dirt (yeah!).
Music is played between innings and by no means is it intrusive making watching the game that much more enjoyable. Church bells are even heard in the distance.
The announcer calls the starting lineup slowly and music is not played. Excellent job as both make it easy to complete a scorecard.
The US flag is on the press box (up behind home plate) so fans and players turn from the playing field to pay their respects and honor to the nation.
Located in a city park and adjacent to a residential area, no restaurants or bars are within walking distance (1/2 mile). A couple miles away is Poor Richards (pizza and vegetarian), Sonterra (southwest), and China Town (Asian). Downtown Colorado Springs is just a mile or two from Spurgeon Field so be sure to check out that bustling area.
Several breweries are within a few miles of the stadium. Check here for Colorado Springs breweries. (Spurgeon Field is at Memorial Park, the corner of Pikes Peak Ave and S Hancock Ave)
Other things to do if in town include the Olympic Training Center (well worth a visit), the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and of course, the more known attractions of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the Air Force Academy.
You may even be able to catch a Colorado College hockey game at the nearby Broadmoor World Arena if visiting in the early part of the season.
Some hotels are near the interstate though I can't recommend one over another.
The fans at a Mountain Lions baseball game consist of families, parents, alumni, students and I expect some local residents. The allure of having NCAA baseball is still new in Colorado Springs and the crowds appreciate it.
And, it appears man's best friends are allowed in the stadium so long as they're on a leash.
Spurgeon Field is a part of Memorial Park a mile or so east of downtown Colorado Springs. The best way to get there is via automobile and it is located several miles off I-25.
The closest airport is regional Colorado Springs Airport which has minimal flights in and out.
Parking is free and most spots appear far enough away not to be in danger of getting a foul ball in a car's windshield.
Walking around the concourse below the seating area is easy as the area is pretty wide. And even though there are no handrails in the seating area, the structure is sound and stable and one can use the bleacher backs to assist with balancing up and down the stairs.
Bathrooms are available under the third base bleachers and they are serviceable but kind of icky (at least the ladies room).
All seats are general admission and cost $10 which is a tad higher than some of the other RMAC facilities. However, it is supporting an excellent athletic program. And, a really nice game day program is offered which includes rosters of both teams, stats, and some articles. Often throughout the season, doubleheaders are played so there's the potential to see two game for the price of one.
The first year ever for NCAA Mountain Lion baseball.
The courtesy of the students manning the gate.
Playing in Memorial Park which has a vast amount of outdoor activities including fishing, basketball, tennis, a YMCA, fitness trails, and much more.
The majestic view of the mountains over the first and home plate areas.
Students and families alike are enjoying seeing their friends and sons play so close to home. It's exciting watching the team grow in its first season. Best of luck to the Mountain Lions in their inaugural season! Be sure to come out and watch a game.
All are looking forward to the new stadium on campus beginning 2018.
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