Prince George's Stadium Review

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The BallParkGuide.com Review of Prince George's Stadium Rating: 3.5
by Malcolm MacMillan
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Highlights
  • Largest capacity in Eastern League
  • Opened in 1994, a year after formation of Baysox
Prince George's Stadium is home to the Bowie Baysox, who are the Eastern League AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Ballparks built in the 1980s and early 1990s can fall victim to a handful of drawbacks -- they're often bigger than they need to be, devoid of character and have cookie-cutter designs. Prince George's Stadium isn't the most unique park you'll ever encounter, but it's a nice place to watch a ballgame. With a capacity of 10,000, it's the biggest park in the Eastern League but it doesn't feel excessively large.

Prince George's Stadium has a single bowl of seating that's separated by a continuous cross-aisle and divided into three price points -- two of the sections are filled with box seats and the third is a general admission bleacher section. The suite level contains a number of suites, as well as the Diamondview Restaurant located directly above and behind home plate. The press box area is not at suite level; instead, it's at the top of the 200 Level seating behind home plate, which allows fans to watch the announcers as they call the game.

Most parks have some form of kids' play area, usually with inflatable attractions. Prince George's Stadium goes a step further with its fully functional merry-go-round, located in the kids' area down the first base concourse. There are a handful of other games for the young and young-at-heart, but the merry-go-round steals the show. Down the third base line, there's a covered group picnic area that is a perfect spot if you visit the ballpark as part of a large group. Another key attraction is the lighthouse in the right field corner area, which makes a great photo op.

The dimensions of the field are 309 feet to left field, 405 feet to center field and 309 feet to right field and in its history, it's played host to a number of notable events. It was the site of the Eastern League All-Star game on two occasions, the U.S. Congressional baseball game, Allen Iverson's charity softball game and many others. When the Baysox are on the road, part of the ballpark's parking lot is used as a drive-in movie theater.

Prince George's Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox. The Baysox are the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and play in the Eastern League.
The parking lot at Prince George’s Stadium is vast and parking is free.
If you get to the ballpark early, take some time to tour around and check out the sites before the gates open. The team’s offices are located to the right of the front gates.
The lighthouse, located on the first base side, is on the park’s signature sights. It’s also visible from outside the park.
If you walk through the parking lot down the right side of Prince George’s Stadium, you’ll eventually see the home team’s clubhouse.
The players’ parking lot is behind the home clubhouse, and often includes a number of eye-catching vehicles.
To get a baseball before the gates even open, look in the area beyond the left field fence, especially if batting practice is taking place.
You might even find a batting practice ball in the parking lot beyond right field.
Once the gates open, look for the teams’ starting lineups, which are posted in the home plate concourse.
The press box at Prince George’s Stadium is directly at the top of the 200 Level, not on the suite level like at most parks.
Because the press box is open, you can see the holes caused by foul balls over the years.
Seating at Prince George’s Stadium is divided into three sections – the 100 Level, the 200 Level and the bleachers.
Before select games, fans are able to play catch on the field. If you can, try to attend one of these games for a memorable experience.
Down the lines, the concourses at Prince George’s Stadium are open, which is ideal for trying to catch a foul ball.
As at most ballparks, concession stands line the first and third base concourses.
The Black Angus Grille is arguably the best concession at Prince George’s Stadium.
The menu at the Black Angus Grille includes must-try items such as the pit beef sandwich.
Prince George’s Stadium’s concessions sell a wide variety of food, from common items to some unique things.
If you’re a fan of onions, try the crispy, fried onion petals as an accompaniment to your sandwich..
The Old Bay pretzel gives a seafood-style twist on a ballpark classic.
Prince George’s Stadium has a large group picnic area down the third base concourse. When not in use by a group, it’s open to fans.
If you want to sit behind home plate, you have a choice between two sections and prices.
The kids’ play area at Prince George’s Stadium is down the first base concourse and includes inflatable attractions.
The crown jewel of the kids’ play area is the merry-go-round.
The left field scoreboard at Prince George’s Stadium isn’t flashy, but gives you all the information you need to follow the game.
Before certain games, the gates open early and the entire Baysox team signs autographs along the concourse.
Former New York Met Wally Backman, seen here as manager of the Eastern League’s Binghamton Mets, signs autographs for fans near the visitors’ dugout.
Getting autographs from the visiting team is often easier than the home team, as most fans congregate around the home team’s side.
 

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