Falcon Park Review
Reviewed by Malcolm MacMillan Rating: 4
- Opened in time for 1995 season
- Small ballpark with a tangible community feel
The Doubledays play at Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park, though most fans just use the term Falcon Park. But that doesn't mean anyone has forgotten about Leo Pinckney, a former sports editor and baseball advocate who played a pivotal role in bringing pro baseball to Auburn in 1958. A plaque honouring Pinckney is to your left as you pass through the stadium's main entrance.
This ballpark, which has been open since 1995, is occasionally known as Falcon Park II. Falcon Park's first incarnation was in operation from 1927 until the end of the 1994 season, whereupon its wood structure was demolished in favour of a more contemporary look. The result is a 2,800-capacity park that gives you good-quality pro baseball with a community feel. And Falcon Park may stand out from its counterparts in the community department. The team is owned and operated by the town of Auburn (otherwise known as the Auburn Community Owned Non-Profit Baseball Association, Inc.) and while there might not be anything that you can put your thumb on, that community ownership definitely manifests in the stadium's atmosphere.
Tickets are available from box office windows directly under the park's main sign, but don't look for a team store accessible before you've entered the stadium. Souvenirs are available only once the gates have opened, and are located in a kiosk behind the third base line.
Auburn's dugout is located on the third base side, and the park's bullpens are found in the outfield corners, but are fenced in rather than located in foul territory like many in Minor League Baseball.