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Dirk Hansen under CC-BY license
Lake Elsinore DiamondOpened: 1994
Construction cost: $22 million
Field Dimensions: Left Field-330 ft., Centerfield-400 ft., Right Field-310 ft.
Home teams: Lake Elsinore Storm (California League) 1994-present
Events Attended: 3 games
This is one of the best accessible stadiums I've seen. Wheelchairs can enter through any gate, which will deposit you right onto the field level concourse. Chairs sit at the top of the field level, like many stadiums. There are no obstructions at all. The councourse is open, so if you go to the snack bar you can still see the game.
No one, and I mean no one, has a better ticket purchasing system for wheelchair users. Online ticketing is available on their site. First you pick which level of ticket you want. Next, a seating chart is presented and you just click on the seats you want...some of which are labeled as accessible. It's easy to arrange your group with this system. Last time we went, the seating chart option made it easy to see that our group would be better arranged with the wheelchair and three companions in the top row with the four people who made up the rest of our group directly in front instead of spread out down the row.
It can get very hot here but a roof has been built over the seats giving you shade. A generous amount of handicapped parking spots are available right at the gate. Ticket prices range from $10 to $14. Another feature I like are their promotions. Margarita Mondays feature $2 margaritas. Wednesday is Wacky Weenie day with free hot dogs. Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays with $1 beer. Every Friday home game has a fireworks show afterward.
The only knock I has was that there are not many lodging options in Lake Elsinore. It's a 90-minute drive in good traffic from my house and I'd like to have the option to spend the night, but new hotels are opening. There's now a Holiday Inn Express, a Quality Inn, and a Best Western in town.
All in all, a great place to see a game.
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Updated for 2013