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Standard Bank Stadium

Crestwood, IL

Home of the Windy City ThunderBolts

3.3

3.6

Standard Bank Stadium (map it)
14011 S Kenton Ave
Crestwood, IL 60445


Windy City ThunderBolts website

Standard Bank Stadium website

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 3,200

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Of Wind and Thunder

The Windy City ThunderBolts have occupied Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois since 1999. The reputation many ballparks receive today is that they are all made from the same template and look identical. This is not a statement that can be attributed to Standard Bank Stadium. This is a ballpark that has a full upper deck on the third base side that abruptly ends entirely on the first base side of the press box. This is a ballpark that feels unique and a team that provides a true community feeling. The unique community involvement begins prior to every home game with an impressive tailgating presence by the regular fan base.

Standard Bank Stadium has a capacity of 3,200. The bullpens are located in foul territory down each baseline. New for the 2015 season is the installation of full field turf, even the infield consists of brown turf. The entire transition to turf allows the field to drain easier and allows the ballpark to hold more events annually.

3.3

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    3

The three locations of the food and beverage stands are to the first base side of home plate and far down each baseline all offering the usual selection including hot dogs, burgers, and chicken sandwiches. There is a large selection of other food also such as fried pickles, fried cheese curds, cheese sticks and funnel cake in the shape of fries. Everything is reasonably priced and tastes good. The only complaint in regards to the food may be that everything is fried and heavy, and there isn't really a healthy option on the menu.

The beer selection is limited to Budweiser products and there aren't really any craft beer choices. There are two sizes of draft beer, the 20 ounce ($3) and the 32 ounce ($5). Bottles are $4.

Atmosphere    3

The fans in Crestwood create a community feeling around the Thunderbolts with many arriving an hour or two prior to the game to tailgate.

Another unique aspect is the upper deck on the third base side that ends abruptly at the press box and doesn't extend down the first base side at all. All of the seats provide a good view of the field as there is not a bad seat in the ballpark; with eight rows in the lower deck every seat feels close to the action.

The two concourses are both narrow and on the third base side with one in front of the structure and in view of the field and another behind the seating structure where the restrooms are located.

A recent addition to the ballpark is a video board installed for the first time at Standard Bank Stadium during the 2014 season. The video board is used to display player stats during the game but also creates needed advertising revenue for any independent team between innings.

The ThunderBolts mascot "Boomer" is always present and interacting with children and families. The usual between innings contest at Standard Bank Stadium involve the fans and most of them really seem to enjoy the contests and look forward to them.

Neighborhood    3

The immediate neighborhood is consistent with many Chicago suburbs with busy streets, subdivisions, and strip malls. This provides many chain restaurant options on the drive into the ballpark. If you get there early enough there is a pizza place, Louisa's, that was voted one of the best pizzas in the Chicagoland area.

There is plenty of parking in lots located next to the ballpark, which is convenient for parking but doesn't provide the best setting for a ballpark.

Fans    4

The fans of the Windy City ThunderBolts are a friendly and dedicated crowd. They know their team and the competition. Many families attend Thunderbolts games, as is the case in many minor league ballparks. However the fans seem to know each other and use the games as a chance to catch up with each other. While building their connection in their community, these fans also know the game of baseball.

Access    3

Standard Bank Stadium is located in a safe area. The main access points are all surface streets which can make getting to the ballpark on a weeknight difficult. With the large parking lots surrounding the ballpark, it is never difficult to find park and it only costs $2.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are very reasonably priced at $8 or $9. However, purchasing tickets the day of the game does come with an extra $1 hike. While the ballpark is showing signs of wear and tear, it is still a good experience. A community feel, competitive play on the field, and different looking ballpark provides an experience that is well worth the price.

Extras    3

The Thunderbolts mascot Boomer predates the team by the same name in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The unique half of an upper deck helps to make this ballpark experience interesting.

If a home team player hits a home run, which doesn't happen often, they pass around a "home run bucket" in which all the money collected goes to that player. And if the Thunderbolt pitcher gets 10 or more strikeouts the bucket also gets passed around.

Final Thoughts

This ballpark provides a good experience that exhibits a sense of community minor league baseball the way it used to be.

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Crowd Reviews

Winning Windy

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

The city of Chicago has a great legacy as a baseball town, even if it doesn't have the same tradition of winning championships. The Windy City Thunderbolts, while technically located in Crestwood, are a solid addition to that Chicago tradition, and they have the passionate fans to match. Best of all, they actually have established a bit of a championship tradition, winning the Frontier League both in 2008 and 2009.

The stadium itself is a comfortable 3,200-seater, with a rare upper deck for independent minor league baseball. Visitors to Standard Bank Stadium will find a good value for their money, and a focus on baseball much more than the fun and games you find at many minor league parks.

Hidden Treasure on Chicago's South Side

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Windy City ThunderBolts (formerly known as the Cook County Cheetahs until new ownership changed the name in 2004) franchise has existed since 1995. They moved from Will County to Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois in 1999. The Stadium now holds about 3,200, which includes the party decks. The ThunderBolts won the Frontier League championship in 2007 & 2008. The 2014 campaign was the organization's 20th season.

The dimensions inside the ballpark are: Left – 335’, Center – 400’, and Right – 335’.

The bullpens are located in foul territory down the lines in the outfield. When on the patio areas you can easily have a conversation with the pitchers.

The ThunderBolts ticket booth and Thunder store is in a separate building within the confines of the park. The store has the usual stuff including hats, t-shirts, sweatpants, game worn uniforms, broken bats, etc...

The ThunderBolts kids area could be better as it is basically just a bouncy house. There is also a speed pitch machine too.

The restrooms could be cleaner, but they are adequate. The stadium does need some care since the park is showing its age a bit. There are chunks of concrete that have broken off around some railings. Also, there are some weed issues too in the landscaping on the outside of the park.

Hidden Treasure on Chicago's South Side

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Windy City ThunderBolts franchise (formerly known as the Cook County Cheetahs until new ownership changed the name in 2004) has existed since 1995. They moved from Will County to Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois in 1999. The stadium now holds about 3,200, which includes the party decks. The ThunderBolts won the Frontier League championship in 2007 & 2008. The 2014 campaign was the organization's 20th season.

The dimensions inside the ballpark are: Left – 335’, Center – 400’, and Right – 335’.

The bullpens are located in foul territory down the lines in the outfield. When on the patio areas you can easily have a conversation with the pitchers.

The ThunderBolts ticket booth and Thunder store is in a separate building within the confines of the park. The store has the usual stuff including hats, t-shirts, sweatpants, game worn uniforms, broken bats, etc...

The ThunderBolts kids area could be better as it is basically just a bouncy house. There is also a speed pitch machine.

The restrooms could be cleaner, but they are adequate. The stadium does need some care since the park is showing its age a bit. There are chunks of concrete that have broken off around some railings. Also, there are some weed issues too in the landscaping on the outside of the park.

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14025 S Cicero Ave

Crestwood, IL 60445

(708) 371-0950

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