Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium (map it)
2400 N Casaloma Dr
Appleton, WI 54912
Year Opened: 1995
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Official Review by Ryan Napralla, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Appleton Foxes moved into brand new Fox Cities Stadium in 1995 and simultaneously established their identity as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The 2014 season marks the 20th anniversary of the new name and home. Now, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is not only home to the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, but also hosts the NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series, the WIAA High School Spring Baseball Championship, and the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game annually.
Fox Cities Stadium, which typically fills an average of 3,790 of its 5,900 seats, offers a variety of seating options for fans. Die hard baseball fans will enjoy seats right behind home plate as they keep a scorebook while parents looking for an affordable night out can easily entertain their youngsters.
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Outside of the Club Level menu items, there are 12 different concession areas throughout Fox Cities Stadium. Many areas, such as the Festival Foods Boomerang Grill, are specialty stands and the choices are too numerous to mention. A detailed list of options is available on the Timber Rattlers website. Staples of the ballpark include hot dogs, brats, burgers, popcorn, and nachos. Pepsi products can be found throughout and are reasonably priced at $4 for a 21 oz. large.
Wisconsin is well represented with Miller products as well as local craft beers. A 24 oz. domestic beer will cost you $6.25, while a craft beer such as Leinenkugel's Snaketail Ale will cost you an extra dollar.
Sitting near a stand that specialized in chicken, I ordered the Sriracha Chicken Philly ($8). I was a little disappointed to see that the sandwich was nothing more than spicy chicken nuggets, onions, peppers, and very little cheese.
A go-to for any visitor should be any of the Festy Burgers at the Festival Foods Boomerang Grill, located at the end of the third base line. Cheddar Bacon Burgers (and we're talking cheese and bacon in the burger itself), Oktoberfest Brats, and Burgundy Pepper Steak Sandwiches can be found at this location as well.
Fox Cities Stadium underwent renovations in 2013 that added a second level behind home plate that includes six suites and the Club Level with seating for 250 people. Fans with a Box Seat ticket ($12) can access the club level, which includes table seating and a bar with a full dining menu.
Most fans sit on the first level in the Box Seat and Reserved Seat ($9 for a bleacher seat with a back) sections that stretch from first base to third base. Box Seats provide sufficient leg space and cup holders. Seats between the dugouts behind home plate allow for the best view of the entire field. For a 7:00 first pitch, fans sitting along the third base side will be in the shade while those along the first base side will be exposed to the evening sun until approximately the fourth inning.
Minor league sports are defined by the on-field promotional entertainment and while some promotions are staples of most ballparks nationwide, it appears that promotional teams are looking for the unique contest that sets them apart from the rest. While sausages race around Miller Park to the south, life-size tubs of cheese spread (Port Wine, Sharp Cheddar, Almond Swiss and Beer Cheese) run for glory at Fox Cities Stadium.
Fang and Whiffer, who looks like the cousin of the Philly Phanatic, help keep young fans entertained throughout the game. Each is visible and accessible throughout the concourses, on top of dugouts, and on the field for promotions.
Kids also enjoy shagging foul balls down each base line in the grass seating. Many families can be found hanging out in the right field corner of Fox Cities Stadium where the Picnic Pavilion, the Beach Area, the Kids Zone and a playground are located.
Fox Cities Stadium sits just off of U.S. Highway 41 in the town of Grand Chute, which lies about five miles northwest of downtown Appleton. Although inconveniently located a distance from the bars and restaurants of College Avenue (The Wooden Nickel and The Durty Leprechaun to name a few), the Fox River Mall is a stone's throw away. Wisconsin's largest mall is surrounded by an abundance of hotel and restaurant chain options.
In true Wisconsin fashion, there is a good deal of tailgating in the parking lot prior to the game. There are plenty of fans decked out in Brewers gear and the Timber Rattlers' partnership with their parent club has sparked great interest throughout northeast Wisconsin in recent years. It is hard to find a ticket to the games that feature a rehab assignment for Brewers stars like Jonathan Lucroy or Carlos Gomez.
The Timber Rattlers are so well followed that their games are broadcasted on local radio each night and two local cable channels televise a game during each home stand.
There is only one entrance to the parking lots at Fox Cities Stadium, which proves more of a challenge after the game than before. Stop in to the newly expanded Snake Pit Team Store after the game to allow for the traffic to die down. The only gate is positioned behind home plate. The new renovation helped expand this gate, so it is easier to navigate than before.
Upon entering the stadium, you have quick access to the first and third base side concourse areas. Restrooms are plentiful and large enough that lines are not an issue. As a ticket holder, you have access to most of the stadium, including the Leinenkugel's Legends Lounge and the Picture Porch, which allows you a view from dead-center field and a look into both bullpens.
With proper planning, a person could catch a game and a quick bite to eat for about $12 ($6 for a grass seat, $3 for a regular soda, and $2.75 for a hot dog). If a weeknight game is in your plans, you cannot beat Wednesday, which is "Bang For Your Buck Night" where $1 hot dogs, sodas, and beers are featured.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have done well to upgrade the ballpark experience for fans with more sophisticated tastes. However, even a VIP Club Level ticket, which includes access to private bathrooms, a full bar, and climate controlled seating is only $18.
Work groups, families, bachelor parties, and faithful season ticket holders can find their niche at a Timber Rattlers game at Fox Cities Stadium and the organization does well to make the minor league baseball experience accessible to all.
Leinenkugel's Legends Lodge can be found down the first base side and is a nice change-up on a humid summer night or if a fan wants to check a Brewers score. The air conditioned bar is decorated with jerseys and other memorabilia that highlight the history of baseball in the Appleton area. The Legend's Lodge is accessible during the game but often hosts private parties before the game.
The Miller High Life Home Run Porch in the right field corner offers an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet for groups of 20 or more. Three different pricing options ($21.50, $24.00, $26.50) will get you everything from burgers and brats to pulled BBQ pork and rib-eye steaks.
Member Review by paul
The city of Appleton, Wisconsin first saw minor league baseball in 1891, and they have continuously had a team since 1958 (first as the Foxes, and then the Timber Rattlers as of 1995). Over the years the team has seen its share of affiliations to Major League Baseball, including ties to the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Seattle Mariners. Since 2009, the Timber Rattlers have been affiliated with their natural geographic parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers.
There is nothing extraordinary about Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium (besides the length of the name), but it does provide a comfortable setting for minor league baseball.
Member Review by mcskillet911 on Apr 14, 2011
It is absolutely the most fantastic minor league ball park experience I have ever had. The food is great, the games for the kids are great, the sandbox is a fun and fantastic idea, absolutely no complaints at all.
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