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Official Review by Brian Merzbach, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
College baseball is not a big spectator sport in the northeast, which is probably why almost none of the ballparks are much better than your average high school field. Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, home of the Villanova Wildcats, is no exception. It offers a very bare bones experience and its location off campus makes it hard for even students to drop by and take in the action. The park opened in 2003 and only has a capacity of a few hundred (don't believe Wikipedia which states that the park holds 25,000).
Villanova has been fielding a varsity baseball team since 1866. The program has made seven appearances in the college baseball post season, but has not made an appearance since 1991.
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There is nothing offered in the way of concessions at Villanova Ballpark, but you are free to bring in whatever you like.
Other than occasional cheers from the crowd, there is little in the way of any sort of atmosphere at Villanova Ballpark. A PA announcer does announce each batter and there is music blared between innings. But otherwise this is a very laid back atmosphere, which is perfectly fine for watching a college game. Seating consists of two small bleacher sections - one down each line. You also have the option of bringing your own lawn chair and setting it up in view of the field.
The ballpark is located about 15 minutes from the Villanova campus, right off of Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting. While the park is located in a rather residential area, there is a mall and some fast food joints less than a mile down the road.
Probably 90% of the fans that attend are family or friends of the players in the game. So they tend to be very supportive and vocal at times. Because of its location off campus, not many students are usually in attendance, and that was the case on the day I saw a game here during an early season March contest.
While access is easy enough for people with cars, having a park located off campus means that most students will not be able to see the games. The park is easily accessed from I-278 by taking Exit 333 and heading north on Germantown Pike. There is a small parking lot located on the first base side of the park. With big crowds, this lot can fill up quickly. While there are no bathrooms at the actual field, there may be some available at the adjacent park.
Other than gas money to get to the field, there is no investment needed to attend a game at Villanova Ballpark. There is no fee to enter the field, parking is free, and there are no concessions to buy.
The team does provide free roster sheets with up to date statistics. Otherwise this is a no frills experience.
Villanova Ballpark offers little for the intrepid ballpark traveler, and it is hard to imagine making a trip here outside of fans or relatives of either Villanova or the visiting team.
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651 Fountain Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
2628 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146