Dow Diamond Review

The Review of Dow Diamond Rating: 5
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • Dow Diamond has capacity of 5,500
  • Named Baseball Digest's best new park of '07
Dow Diamond is home to the Midwest League's Great Lakes Loons, who are affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Travel far and wide and you might not find a Minor League ballpark as perfect as Dow Diamond. Sure, virtually every ballpark has a long list of charms and many are nearly perfect. But there's something extra special about the home of the Loons. Baseball Digest named Dow Diamond the best new ballpark of 2007 and a visit to this facility will quickly have you agreeing with that distinction.

On your drive to Midland, you'll pass by miles of farms and forest, and as soon as you approach Dow Diamond, you'll see the nature theme continue. There's plenty of green space around the park, and the 168 solar panels mounted to the left of the rear gate are a testament to the organization's commitment to the environment. Step through the gates of Dow Diamond and you aren't walking into a concrete bowl; there's a ton of green inside the ballpark, not just outside it.

Dow Diamond has a capacity of 5,500 for baseball, but the park's seating bowl and suites don't accommodate that many fans. Instead, there are ample grass berms -- throughout much of the outfield and down each base line -- on which fans and families can lounge while enjoying the action on the field.

The field dimensions are 332 feet to left field, 375 feet to left-center, 400 feet to center field, 373 feet to right-center and 325 feet to right field. The outfield fence ranges from nine to 13 feet, depending on its location. The park's 17-by-35-foot LED video board, located in right-center, is one of the nicest you'll find in Class-A ball.

The naming rights are owned by Dow Chemical Company, which is headquartered in Midland. In fact, the Dow facility is visible from Dow Diamond and the company's first world headquarters, which was demolished in 2006, was adjacent to the ballpark. The warning track is partly composed of crushed red brick from that building.

Other key, notable features of Dow Diamond include the two large fire pits in the outfield and the two enclosed fireplaces in the home plate concourse -- perfect for gathering around during a cool, spring evening. And if you can't live without technology, Dow Diamond has free Wi-Fi for its guests. Look for the connection on your device, connect for free and contact your friends to tell them about the great time you're having.