Year built: 1935
Construction cost: $20,000
Field dimensions: Left field: 347, Center field: 402 ft., Right field: 347
Home teams: California Angels (Pacific Coast League - Spring Training) 1937-1942; Ontario Orioles (Sunset League) 1947, Chaffey High School - present
Events attended: two games
An antique, wooden stadium with covered grandstand, the park now hosts only amatuer ball but it would be a mistake to say it's seen better days. Step through the entrance and it's like going back in time. Cozy and relaxing, the bleachers invite fans to sit back, relax and comisserate over a game.
It's such a perfect example of an old-time stadium that Hollywood has been a regular visitor here. "The Babe," "A League of Their Own," and "The X-Files" have all used it as a set.
For wheelchairs, there are two spots reserved right behind home plate, although just about anywhere in the front row would accomodate one. Tickets? Not here, if they do charge admission to anything, they weren't at the tournament we attended. Just walk right in.
Although there is a full-kitchen installed behind home plate...underneath the old press box...a taco truck sometimes sets up just outside the gate with delicious carne asada and chicken tacos plus some very good funnel cakes. In fact, the night we were there we declared them the best funnel cakes we've ever had. The tacos are $1.25 each, funnel cakes, $3.99.
If the taco truck isn't there, don't worry. Go two blocks west on 4th Street to Mi Chula Linda for great tacos and burritos to go and take with you to the game.
The only downside to this beautiful ballpark is that no local minor league or college teams use it. It would be perfect for a D-III team like La Verne to use, especially since their stadium is about to be torn down in the next few years. The Long Beach Armada, taking a season off in a dispute with their landlord, should consider moving here where they could make an alliance with other Ontario pro teams like the Ontario Reign hockey team. I know I'd be a regular here if someone like that would move in.
For now, come on over just about any Saturday night during baseball season and enjoy a game by some of the proud amatuers that now play here. Grab some tacos and a funnel cake and you're set.
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