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Official Review by Andrei Ojeda, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Lake Elsinore Storm have been playing their home games at The Diamond since its opening in 1994. Prior to becoming the Single A affiliate of the San Diego Padres in 2001, the California Angels were the parent organization from 1981 to 2000, taking up residency as the Palm Springs Angels until the Diamond’s opening in 1994.
Upon arriving to The Diamond, fans walk through a tree-lined path toward the stadium’s grand entrance behind home plate. Once inside the stadium, fans can walk along the spacious concourse above the stands without missing any of the action.
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Nothing out of the ordinary here with your usual ballpark fare. For those looking to stick with the basics, you can grab yourself a Storm Dog for $4.50 and for the kids, a kids dog at $2. If you want something other than your basic hot dog, they also do sell Philly Cheesesteaks ($10) as well as Italian and Portuguese Hawaiian Sausages ($9).
Twenty ounces of your favorite Coca-Cola products are reasonably priced ($3.75), and should you want an adult beverage, domestic and premium drafts are also available ($6-$7).
For the sweet tooth in you, throughout the concourse Baskin Robbins has a couple of stands as well as a cart offering their usual favorite ice cream in a cone or dish ($5), as well as sundaes ($6) and ice cream sandwiches.
There's a rather fun atmosphere to be found at The Diamond. There are children playing down the right field side, fans mingling in the concourse, and others enjoying drinks or a meal at the Diamond Club. It seems that there is something for everyone and all are happy to be there.
Most seats are in a rather uniform seating bowl, with spacious fold down seats and plenty of leg room. There isn't a bad sight line in the house. The 11 luxury suites and press box are elevated far above the field, so much so that if you aren't looking, you may not notice them.
The Storm offer not one, but two daily mascots in the form of Thunder and Jackpot. Thunder the dog leads the way, being the self-proclaimed mascot of the year for several seasons. Not to be confused with the Philly Phanatic, he is a member of the "Canis Thunderus" family and has no problem getting the Storm fans on their feet to show their support. Next up is Jackpot, who is a bit more obscure during the game, hiding behind the right field scoreboard.
One of the nicest things about the neighborhood around The Diamond is the natural scenery, ranging from the Elsinore Mountains to Lake Elsinore, the largest natural lake in Southern California located just a few minutes from The Diamond for the water sport enthusiasts.
If you're looking for a bite around the yard, In-N-Out is nearby, as well as Coco's.
One of the more highly recommended restaurants here is the Lookout Roadhouse, located about 5 miles from The Diamond. With its spectacular views of the lake and distant mountains, the Lookout Roadhouse offers a casual setting. Their claim to fame are the ribs and country breakfast.
With such a beautiful stadium, fans are likely to be out in good showing nightly. While most fans are at The Diamond for baseball, it seems that the younger fans are having the time of their short lives. With a multitude of inflatable games, playground, and a berm that they could roll down, they probably don't even know baseball is being played.
There are fans that attend from the coast as well as visitors from Temecula, the Southern California wine country. Even with the many out of town fans, the Storm faithful are out in good numbers, cheering their team on until the final out.
Hats off to whomever developed the team logo because the fans really seem to respond to it. At no other minor league venue have I seen such a large percentage of fans sporting the team's gear.
The nice thing about Lake Elsinore is that it is centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles. The Diamond can be accessed either via the 15 freeway or Route 74.
Parking is reasonably priced at $5. Upon entering The Diamond from the parking lot, fans walk through a tree-lined walkway toward the grand entrance behind home plate. Greeting the fans as they enter The Diamond is a brick tower, giving The Diamond a signature touch.
Once inside the stadium, fans walk through a very spacious concourse, perhaps the widest I've experienced in all the Single A yards I've seen. The concourse is so wide that should you attend a day game and choose to seek refuge from the summer heat, you could spend an inning or two cruising the concourse, providing plenty of shade and shelter from the sweltering heat without either losing view of the on-field action or yet preventing stoppage to the pedestrian flow.
With prices ranging from $8 for grass berm seating on the right field side to as much as $15, perhaps a bit high for a Single A game, a day out at The Diamond is still a pretty affordable investment. Should you want to take home a souvenir, the team store located just behind the first base side of the concourse offers a pretty vast selection. Apparel with the team's iconic eye logo consistently rank among the top sellers throughout all of minor league baseball.
If you look out toward right field, you will see that the outfield wall is 36 feet high. Yup, the exact height of the Green Monster in Fenway Park, paying homage to the original, adorned with advertisements aplenty.
On the right field side of The Diamond is a children's playground just outside the physical concourse. In addition, a good sized grass berm is there for budget conscious fans who prefer to view the game there atop your favorite beach towel or picnic blanket. Two things I noted here. The grass, or in this case, lack of, was very evident in 2014 and I will only assume it had plenty to do with our recent drought. Also, should you plan to view your game here, you may want to beware of kids not so much rolling down the hill at every which direction, but you must also be aware of the young ones running about that berm snagging foul balls as well. On this day, I was very impressed how the kids were able to chase down foul balls on a pretty good sized hill without either stumbling flat on their face or yet even breaking stride.
With the size of The Diamond and its aesthetic appeal, the yard here could serve very well for a Triple A organization. If I were to have one minor gripe here, it would be its size. Despite the aesthetic appeal, the seating capacity, and perhaps the size as well, may be just a bit too high for me for a Single A organization. Aside from its vast size for Single A standards, one should not miss the opportunity to experience a game in Lake Elsinore.
The Storm also do a great job of paying homage to their past and present with a huge board along the concourse dubbed Stormin' The Big Leagues, displaying the names of every player who has passed through Lake Elsinore on their way to the bigs. Tributes to two former Padre greats, former longtime broadcaster Jerry Coleman, and Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn are on display on the outfield walls as well, along with retired numbers Joe Urso (7) and Jake Peavy (22).
Overall, an experience at The Diamond is one every fan should experience as there is plenty for fans of all ages.
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Member Review by DrewCieszynski
Once you begin to drive inland in Southern California, there aren't many bodies of water to be found. Lake Elsinore is one of the few exceptions and not too far from this body of water is a minor league franchise that is quenching the thirst for baseball fans in the area.
The Storm play their home games at The Diamond, built in 1994 at a cost of $22 million. Upon arriving at The Diamond, you'll quickly notice the brick clock tower and tree-lined walkway. At one end of the walkway, you'll find a wire sculpture of a pitcher and one of a batter at the other end.
As soon as you walk through the gates, you are greeted by a rather spectacular view. Straight ahead you'll notice a sunken playing field (similar to Michigan Stadium) with the Elsinore Mountains in the background.
A single concourse above all of the general seating allows spectators to grab a bite to eat without missing the action. The concourse is peppered with face painting, book fairs (yes, book fairs), and food vendors. The home run fence has two sizable LED scoreboards and even an advertisement covered "Green Monster." This monster is located in right field rather than left, and like Fenway, has a hand-operated scoreboard at the bottom. The left field side has a much lower fence, but a considerable distance at 425 feet. I did have a nice chuckle when I was in the right field pavilion and got a glance at the area beyond the home run wall. It looked as if a nuclear war had occurred back there with all sorts of storage thrown in any open space available.
Member Review by juliankingston2 on Feb 25, 2012
Been there over three times and still love it. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is surprisingly luxurious seating! Great place for families! There was an upscale restaurant with a view of the field as well.
Member Review by DrewCieszynski on Jul 04, 2013
While much of Southern California’s Inland Empire is often associated with extreme temperatures and desert-like conditions, Lake Elsinore offers a refreshing getaway. The city with the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California is also home to a minor league franchise that quenches the local’s thirst for baseball.
The Storm play their home games at The Diamond, built in 1994 at a cost of $22 million. Upon arriving at The Diamond, you'll quickly notice the brick clock tower and tree-lined walkway.
As soon as fans walk through the main gate, they are greeted by a rather spectacular view. Straight ahead is a view of a sunken playing field (similar to Michigan Stadium) with the Elsinore Mountains in the background. A single concourse above all of the general seating allows spectators to grab a bite to eat without missing the action. The concourse is peppered with face painting, local business promotions, and food vendors. The home run fence has two sizable LED scoreboards and even an advertisement covered "Green Monster." This monster is located in right field rather than left, and like Fenway, has a hand-operated scoreboard at the bottom. The left field side has a much lower fence, but is a considerable distance at 425 feet.
32107 Ortega Hwy
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
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