We were at a Greenville Drive game over Memorial Day. We walked there & back, from our downtown hotel. The area is trendy and looks like more and more businesses and restaurants are going into that area. It was Sunday night and the stadium was nearly sold out! We were not expecting that, they had a great turn out and I can understand why...this is as nice of a ball field as I've been to. They have berm seating (or grass) for families with little ones who can't sit still in the bleachers or seats; they have traditional seating and suites (box seats) for company outings, groups, etc.; and we selected to sit at the outdoor bar on the right outfield side. It was next to, but raised above another group area, sectioned off for adults who can't sit still during a game.
All of these struck me as progressive thinking about how to attract people who will come out again and again and support the local ball club. The outdoor bar was quite large with a generous amount of seating and seating styles. There were tall round tables, couches and chairs, bar seating, and since patrons here were far away from the sights of the actual game, they even have closed-circuit t.v.s showing every play as it is happening. We were very impressed. Although, we wished we'd bought our tickets earlier and were able to sit in traditional seats to watch the game first hand.
In left field they have a mini green monster, and they still had a role for a person, placing the runs on the manual scoreboard...it was a unique experience and one I'll say we won't be afforded at many single, double, or even triple A stadiums. We thought going to the game was a great experience. And we think some other double A cities can learn a thing or two from the Drive's stadium.
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