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The Fort at Narrabundah Ballpark

Narrabundah, ACT

Home of the Canberra Cavalry

2.9

2.9

The Fort at Narrabundah Ballpark (map it)
Kyeema St
Narrabundah, ACT 2604
Australia


Canberra Cavalry website

The Fort at Narrabundah Ballpark website

Year Opened: 1987

Capacity: 2,000

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Welcome to the Fort

The Canberra Cavalry are the 2013 ABL (Australian Baseball League) Champions as well as the 2013 Asia Series Champions. They play in “The Fort” at Narrabundah Ballpark.

The Fort was renovated in 2010 for the Canberra Cavalry with a $2 million upgrade funded by the Australian Capital Territory Government. The renovation included some seating, HD quality lights, and a new playing surface.

The naming of The Fort transpired in the first year of play relating to the team name, the Cavalry. It was the home Fortress where the team rarely lost. And, it was obviously a good match, keeping up with the military theme...and the name just stuck.

The Narrabundah Baseball Complex has a second field with lights and a third full diamond without lights. All of Canberra Baseball’s under 8s and 10s are played at the complex, social league is played around the complex, and weeknight A grade is played on diamond two.

All dollar amounts listed in this review are Australian dollar value (AUD).

2.9

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

There are several concession stands at The Fort offering hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels, wings, chips, and sausage rolls. Combo specials can be found on the third base concession stand that include a Coke, a hot dog or other 'meat' sandwich, and frites (French fries) for $8 - $8.50.

The stand behind home plate offers sausage rolls, meat pies, Smith's crisps, chocolate, cookies and cappuccino.

There seems to be plenty on offer. The hot dog and fries are not that tasty, so I wouldn't recommend that option. The cappuccino at $4.50 hits the spot, especially if you're there on a cooler evening.

Except for water, no food and drink are permitted inside the park. It is an all cash facility for food and beverage and there is no ATM on site, so be sure to have some cash in wallet before you enter the ballpark.

The merchandise trailer offers flags, hoodies, caps, etc. but no pins or pennants which is very similar to other ABL teams. The merchandise shop does take both cash and credit.

Atmosphere    3

Beautiful trees adorn the outfield. At the game I attended it rained and it was cold. Though Mother Nature wasn't quite cooperative, after the rain subsided a beautiful rainbow was presented beyond the left center field which made the rain delay worth the wait (your experience may vary of course).

The entrance to the venue is from the car park on the third base/left field side. Upon entering you can see the starting lineups posted on a white board (excellent for those who like to keep score).

There are black and orange (colors of the Cavalry) plastic fold-down seats behind home plate. This area is the only seating area that is covered.

Directly behind home plate there are the Home Run Club seats for the Canberra Elite. These are six tables with chairs on the concourse, enclosed in a white picket fence and are an arm's length from the net behind home plate.

There are metal bleachers on the third base side and there are plastic white outdoor chairs and tables along both sidelines next to the infield wall.

The best place to watch the game is from the end of the metal bleachers on the first base side (above the dugout) as that spot is net free and you are still close to the action on the field. The Cavalry dugout is on the third base side with the visitors on the first base side.

When walking the concourse, one cannot see the field when they get behind the dugouts which is a little unusual. The players have to walk across the concourse to get to the restrooms and other areas of the facility.

The PA announcer is decent and you can understand what is being said. The music level and selection is not too loud and is just about perfect. However, there are all kinds of noise and snippets made between pitches which some can find annoying.

Neighborhood    2

Canberra is the capital of Australia and is worth a day visit if traveling to Australia. There is a free hop on / hop off bus service (Route 100) that includes stops at the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Parliament House, Albert Hall, National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, and the National Film and Sound Archive. I'd recommend visiting the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, and the Parliament House. There are other Day Tours offered with commentaries about the city and attractions.

For lodging, there is a Best Western adjacent to the ballpark for your travel needs and an Ibis Styles Canberra Hotel within a 10 minute walk to the ballpark.

The ballpark is not downtown Canberra.

I did not find any local restaurants or pubs for pre or post game drinks and food near the stadium.

Fans    5

The fans are hardy at a Cavalry game. Many showed up for this cold, rainy, Thursday game applauding and cheering on their team. Many of them sport cow bells and other noise makers. They know the rules of baseball and firmly support their team.

The Cavalry offer trips for fans to other ABL venues that include bus ride, pre-game party, and tickets to the game. This is a nice touch for Cavalry fans to visit other ABL stadiums and root on their team.

Access    3

Narrabundah Ballpark is located at Narupai and Goyder Street alongside Jerrabomberra Avenue in Narrabundah, ACT. Public parking is available just off Goyder Street. A gold coin donation (a one dollar or a two dollar coin) is appreciated. As I didn't drive to the game, I'm not quite sure how this gold coin donation is executed, but you may want to have a coin handy if you decide to drive.

By bus, routes 4, 5, and 6 on weekdays or 935 or 938 on weekends are available. Check Action to get timetable and route options. On the right side of the screen, scroll down to Transit Trip Planner to enter your starting point. Ending point should be Narrabundah Ballpark.

The field can be seen from the concourse (except directly behind the dugouts) and there is ample walking room.

The restrooms are behind the main stand and are adequate and functional.

Return on Investment    3

Single game tickets cost $5 - $20 which is about average in the ABL. The fans are so very supportive and loud and one can get caught up in their cheering. If in the Canberra area, do take a visit to The Fort to see the 2013 ABL Champions and the 2013 Asia Series Champions, the Canberra Cavalry.

Extras    1

Except Canberra being the capital of Australia, there are no other extras to be mentioned. The ballpark is simple and small, but still makes for an enjoyable experience watching the game.

Final Thoughts

With the Cavalry being one of the top teams in the ABL, attending a game at The Fort is recommended. Be sure to check the weather prior to attending so you can be appropriately dressed.

Very Cool

It has been great to read about your travels through the Australian Baseball League. While they are small ballparks, it sure seems like this is a sport that could gain momentum, both in Australia and among American baseball fans suffering from withdrawl over the winter months here in the states. Thanks for sharing this journey!

by paul | Jan 04, 2014 12:54 PM

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Crowd Reviews

2013 Asia Series Champions

Total Score: 2.86

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

I was frankly expecting a little more when I went to Narrabundah. They have good fans and they shocked the baseball world in November by winning the 2013 Asia Series, so I was expecting a spirited environment fully clad in orange & black cheering on the team. What I found was a smaller day game crowd with probably the least amount of fan gear in the stands. The primary seating behind home plate was nice and comfortable; the views were very nice, and the scoreboard was easy to read with the red numbers.

I was told that the crowds are a lot more spirited and that I went on a bad day which might be true. I would put this facility on the back end of must visit ABL ballparks.

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