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“Pricey for single A, irritating beer policy”
Review of McCormick Field

McCormick Field
Ranked #19 of 192 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: McCormick Field opened its gates for the first time in 1924 when the Asheville Tourists played host to the Detroit Tigers. Over the years the stadium has encountered numerous renovations, most recently a seating bowl makeover in 2015, that has ensured the stadium remains up with the times while keeping its lustrous history and throwback feel. With a capacity of just over 4,000, the dynamic during a game is intimate and scenic. It is a hitter friendly Minor League ballpark thanks to a short porch in right field and a 42-foot high wall in right-center. McCormick Field is still inhabited by the Asheville Tourists, the Single A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
Raleigh, NC
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pricey for single A, irritating beer policy”
Reviewed June 21, 2010

I never miss a chance to see a minor league game. While my wife was at the Biltmore Inn I headed over to the game. I thought probably about 5$- $6 for a seat. No. $11 for a bleacher seat. Which was so uncomfortable I went and sat in the box seats after two innings. That is more than a box seat at the Durham Bulls ($9). The Durham Bulls are Triple A. The Tourists have very pricey seats.
About the third inning I thought Miller Time. Went to get a beer. $6. Ouch. Then the little girl wanted to see my ID. I thought she was joking (I'm 47). Nope. Everyone has to show ID every time they buy a beer. Silly and kind of ruins the experience.
Anyway the home team lost 12-1. I never knew my Durham Bulls were such a bargain. And a much higher level of play to boot. Will I go next time? Probably not.

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Merida, Yucatan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Great fun at McCormick Park”
Reviewed August 21, 2008

The Tourists are a Class A baseball team & play in the South Atlantic League; that's one level above Rookie level. Their stadium is conveniently located at the corner of Biltmore & South Charlotte. As you arrive you will see $5 parking; go past this & you will find free parking up the hill, to the right of the main entrance.

We paid $7 for our seats ($6 for our daughter). The ground is small, but very smart in appearance. There are plenty of options for eating & drinks. The atmosphere is VERY family-oriented, with regular competitions. Our 10 year old daughter, who only has a passing interest in baseball, had a great time.

You can buy tickets at the ground without any problems, though games do sell out on holidays & when there are very attractive offers.

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East Hartford, CT
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Lots of fun without busting travel budget”
Reviewed June 29, 2007

We purchased a family fun pack for $24 dollars which provided us 4 tickets (2 adults, 2 kids), 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, and a nice mini baseball bat for our 13 yo. Parking is free and right next door to the stadium. We had great seats and the game was great fun. Highly recommended!

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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“One of the great minor league experiences”
Reviewed June 12, 2007

McCormick Field, home of the baseball in Asheville since the 1920s and of the Asheville Tourists Single-A South Atlantic League team for the last couple of decades, is truly one of the outstanding minor league parks around. While not as "thoroughly modern" as many of the brand new parks around, McCormick is beautifully situated and very well designed for watching baseball games.

The current brick and concrete grandstand structure was built in the early 1990s on the site of the old wood and steel stadium, with the playing field remaining exactly where it was before. So in a sense, you are in the same park where baseball legends like Babe Ruth played in exhibition games on their way north from spring training, and where hundreds of major leaguers have played through the decades on their way up to (or down from) the majors. Ruth and Branch Rickey both reportedly described it as "a beautiful place to play baseball", and it remains so today.

McCormick was rebuilt just after the advent of retro parks in the majors (like Camden Yards in Baltimore), but before the "mini-major" trend in minor league parks took off. It lacks some of the amenities of the newer parks even in other South Atlantic League cities (Rome, Greenville, etc.) like playgrounds, fancy concession areas, high-def video monitors, etc. But the stadium is well designed for baseball-watching, with excellent sight lines from everywhere in the park, an awning over the general admission seating areas that's actually useful in keeping the sun off during day games or in the early innings of night games, and box seats that are very close to the action.

The Tourists management, led for many years by General Manager Ron McKee, has devoted itself consistently to providing and fun and exciting experience for the fans. Nowhere else in the minors (or the majors, for that matter) are fans looked after better than at McCormick Field. If you enjoy baseball at all, it's hard to have a better time at a game than at McCormick Field.

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