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William Peccole Park

Reno, NV

Home of the Nevada Wolf Pack

2.9

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William Peccole Park (map it)
1664 N. Virginia
Reno, NV 89557


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Year Opened: 1988

Capacity: 3,000

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Wolf Pack Baseball-Back From the Dead

During the early and mid-1980s the University of Nevada's baseball team's future was in serious jeopardy. Support for the team at their off-campus home dwindled and the program was nearly discontinued.

In steps William Peccole and his generous donation to kickstart a new on-campus ballpark. In 1988, Peccole Park opened on UNR's campus. After a few expansions the ballpark boasts a capacity of 3,000, permanent restrooms and concession stands, training rooms, and a paved parking lot.

In 2006, FieldTurf was installed to help with drainage and other issues that go along with playing in Northern Nevada.

Since Peccole opened, Nevada has been to four NCAA regionals (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000).

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

It's just the basics at Peccole Park when it comes to food. Hot dogs, polish dogs, jumbo dogs and nachos range from $4.25 to $6.00. Pretzel ($5), peanuts ($4.50), Cracker Jacks ($4.50), popcorn ($4) and candy ($3) are also available.

Pepsi products are available from $3.50 to $5.50 and beer is $8-$8.50.

Atmosphere    2

Atmosphere is such a difficult section to grade at Peccole Park. The field is impeccable with the FieldTurf but looks rather odd with the natural look of the Sierra Nevadas in the distance. The contrast of natural and artificial was rather alarming.

Of course that complaint is strictly aesthetic. When it comes to practicality, it's odd that there is so much seating for a venue that had only a handful of people. This issue created a much spread out crowd and there was little energy.

The general admission seating is all on metal bleachers. With weather in the mid-90s, this combination is pretty intense. The only place to take a break from the sun is the shade beneath the bleachers. A major plus is a cooler with a spigot set up near the concession stand that distributed ice cold water for free.

One of my favorite things about Peccole Park is being able to see much of the Nevada campus as well as Lawlor Events Center and Mackay Stadium from the third base line.

Another plus for atmosphere is the ability to tailgate right outside the ballpark; one of the few college ballparks that I've been to where that was allowed.

Neighborhood    4

Granted, Reno will never be Las Vegas, but it does have a lot to offer and it's so close to UNR and Peccole Park. Whether gambling, shows, or restaurants are your thing, you can find them just a mile away near the hotels. The one issue is that it seems that for every bustling block there is an equally vacant one the next street over. You can certainly find plenty of fun things to do in the casino district but you also definitely notice the not-so-nice parts of town. Aside from the benefits (and perhaps, drawbacks) of being in Reno, the campus itself has a bit of an identity with restaurants and cafes sprinkled throughout.

I enjoy walking through campus and looking at the many old brick buildings. These, alongside the picture perfect landscape, make for a lovely time pre or post-game.

A popular college bar is The Wolf Den on N. Virginia Street. Don't expect fine dining but $1 Rolling Rocks are hard to beat.

The student center is the closest place to grab anything to eat. They have fast food options such as Subway and Starbucks.

Fans    2

It seems that many of the fans in the attendance were family or friends of the players on the field. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough of them. Perhaps it had something to do with the Reno Aces also being home over the weekend that drew away the baseball fans.

I was a little disappointed that the UNLV/UNR rivalry didn't spark a bit more passion.

The Wolf Pack fans deserve extra points for the "Dugout Club." This group of fans and alumnus helped build Peccole Park through donating money AND man hours. They were integral in keeping Nevada's baseball team around and they sit in a special section near first base.

Access    5

The University is easily accessible off of I-80 which stretches as far west as San Francisco. The stadium is only a few blocks from the freeway exit. Though the downtown area of Reno looks dense, it's really quite easy to get around, just be mindful of one way streets.

There is a free parking lot right outside the main entrance to the ballpark. This is much appreciated as long walks in the heat would be tough. Be mindful that this parking lot is literally, right next to the third base line and stretches behind home plate. Park strategically to avoid foul balls.

Getting around the ballpark is incredibly easy. No lines for concession stands or restrooms. This, of course, has something to do with the sparse crowd but it seems that the ballpark's infrastructure is more than capable of handling greater crowds.

Reno has an elevation of only 4,500 feet, but if you're coming from California you hit an elevation of over 7,200 feet, so be sure to bring tire chains during the winter months.

Return on Investment    2

Tickets are cheap at just $6 for a general admission ticket. This goes nicely with the free parking. Concession prices seem a bit high for the quality but you can always eat before to avoid that.

Yes, you can get into this beautiful venue on the cheap but there is nothing beyond the game worth visiting. Many people would think this is a good thing but when you have to sit there in the uncomfortable heat with the nearest fan 30 feet away, you can't say it deserves more than a 3.

Extras    2

For this review my extras have more to do with what you can do differently here than you can at many other NCAA venues. Tailgating opportunities and cold beer are not new to the baseball experience but it is rather unique for NCAA baseball.

I appreciated the plaque for William Peccole, the acknowledgment for championship years and the special section for the Dugout Club.

Nevada!

I selected a welcome, cold beer at the concession stand and asked the guy if I could bring it to my seat, just like the Majors. He said, "Sure, this is Nevada!"
Interestingly, the beautiful Triple-A park of the Reno Aces is located on the same street: Evans Avenue. I hope you can get to both!

by doggierover | Oct 17, 2013 12:56 PM

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