FNB Field, Harrisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
Number of states: still 38
To go: 12
Number of games: 1
First game: August 7, 2021 (Erie SeaWolves 7, Harrisburg Senators 0)
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I read about Harrisburg’s City Island, the location in the middle of the Susquehanna River where FNB Field sits, well before
That island is what set the tone for the day at the ballpark, and it was quite delightful. There’s a carnival atmosphere (trains,
The feeling continues when we are on the inside of the ballpark. Like its league-mate Reading up the road, home of what is (as of this writing) my favorite ballpark in the minor leagues, Harrisburg understands the local baseball history angle. While
Meanwhile, the game was presented wonderfully. The sound person was on point. I followed along with the walkup music for Erie’s catcher, number 9, Brady Policelli. His first at bat was announced by the opening to the Beatles’ “Revolution #9.”
The people around us were cool too. Steven ran up to get a snack or chase down the mascot or some such when a foul ball hit the press box, bounced off the arm of a chair on the section next to mine, then rolled, almost to a stop, next to me, where
The overall setup of this ballpark was nice: walk-aroundable concourse, tons of people attending (that might have been the bobblehead night), and everyone having a great time even during a 7-0 loss. Double-A ball doesn’t hurt, either. I am wondering if this atmosphere is throughout the Eastern League (oh, excuse me, I mean “Double A Northeast”). If so, I may have to hit every park. Between Altoona, Reading, and Harrisburg, they sure seem to have this whole minor league spectacle-while-respecting-baseball thing figured out.
So, well done, Harrisburg.
Regional feel: 8.5/10 Great on the outside, okay on the inside.
Charm: 4/5 Cool stuff throughout, and a carnival atmosphere.
Spectacle: 5/5 Packed to the gills with stuff that never interfered with the game. Audio person was really bringing the A game tonight.
Team mascot/name: 3.5/5 Grrrounder. Team name was nice, but Steven reports that he didn’t know how to give a high five.
Aesthetics: 1.5/5. The only major complaint I have about this place is that it’s kinda unattractive when viewed from the outside, and kinda antiseptic-looking on the inside.
Pavilion area 5/5. Lots of activity and the ability to see the game from almost anywhere.
Scoreability 1.5/5 A pretty severe error with incorrect lineups on the video screen and/or the checking–not corrected until the third inning. It messed up my book a bit.
Fans 5/5. A fan told Steven he dropped his wallet. That’s really nice.
Intangibles: 4.5/5. Great stuff here throughout–love the atmosphere and the nice day.
BASEBALL STUFF I’VE SEEN HERE:
Two home runs by Josh Lester lead the SeaWolves’ attack. Riley Greene and Kerry Carpenter also go deep for Erie.
Top prospect Spencer Torkelson walks twice and strikes out thrice.
Beau Briske and Chavez Fernander combine for the shutout.
The only highlight for Harrisburg is Donovan Casey at the bat. He has two hits.
Written August 2021.