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|Southwest Michigan Devil Rays|
|Address||1392 Capital Ave. NE|
Battle Creek, MI 49017
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Swan Song -- 2006-10-23
I have to amend my remarks below. I was at the ballpark in mid-August and enjoyed myself quite a bit; the only drawback was a minuscule crowd, partly because it was an 11:30 a.m. game.
The new ownership cut back on the incessant activity and the loud noise...and unfortunately the team is now on its way to Midland. Still, it was a nice good-bye to the park and the team.
I hadn't been here for a couple of years and caught a game during a Labor Day weekend trip around Michigan's minor league teams. The team has been sold and will move to Midland in 2007, and I don't expect to come here for the swan song.
The tickets were reasonable, the concessions were nothing special but fairly priced, it was a very nice day--and the p.a. system played something loud after every single pitch to the home team and most pitches to the visitors. I'm not just talking about a batter's theme music or the recording of breaking glass after a foul ball...a snatch of some loud rock music, a Simpsons remark, something. It was incessant, intrusive, and made it impossible for me to kick back and enjoy the game.
If you're in the area, Kalamazoo is a few miles down the road and a very pleasant experience.
C.O.Brown Stadium is part of a baseball/softball multiplex. So there is some confusion locating the place. Also there is only one entrance/exit. So be ready to sit awhile when all the diamonds are hopping. Once inside, the visitor may feel he has been transported to Toledo's old Ned Skeldon Stadium (yuck!). The seating is grandstand style which for the uninitiated means plenty of obstructed views. Still I enjoyed my experience here. For such a small market city with 4 other teams within 100 miles, the crowd was surprisingly large , knowledgeable, supportive, and vocal. Note to BC management: fire the marketing genius who came up with the idea for the Christmas in July promotion. Baseball and Christmas don't mix. Hearing "Let it Snow" over the PA in 80 degree weather doesn't make it.
autograph hound's dream -- 2000-12-16
Great minor league fun.The easiest park to get autographs.Big names from the midwest league run through there each season.The current affilation is with the Houston Astros.Access is so easy you can get autographs before,after,and even during the game.Gates open 1 hour before game time.Tickets are real cheap.Also it's the only ballpark with a Grandstand built inside the park.The midwest league is mid A level ball.Though some teams in the midwest league are high A level ball because their parent team doesn't have a high A ball affilation.Home run and foul balls are also easier to acquire than any parks.Not many people have discovered this underrated minor league team.Attendance is always low, which makes it even easier to get stuff.From their existence in 1995 they've only filled the whole ballpark twice.It holds about 6,200.In conclusion, it's an all around great place to take your family or if your an autograph hound,it's the best!