Where to sit at Metro Bank Park
Where to sit at Metro Bank Park
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Bar seats offer unique seating experience
- All-You-Can-Eat section provides great value
Regardless of your budget – or appetite level – Metro Bank Park has a seating option to suit you. In fact, long before the gates open, you’ll get a kick out of weighing the park’s numerous seating options, each of which has several benefits.
If you’ve got deep pockets, the Club seating section directly behind home plate is a smart choice. At $32, the tickets here are expensive by Minor League Baseball standards, but come with a wealth of extras that make sitting here a real perk. The Club seats are extra wide, which is smart given that a ticket here gives you access to an all-you-can-eat buffet with upscale items. You also get access to a VIP entrance and washrooms and the Senators boast that you're closer to home plate than the pitcher. If you need a change of scenery, slip indoors to the climate-controlled Patriot News club t provide a perfect view of the action and a protective screen in front of your for errant balls.
Metro Bank Park’s Dugout Box section is a smart choice if you enjoy being close to the action. This section includes five sections that run from one dugout to the other and for 14, give you a close-up view of the field.
Field Box seats, which cost $12, run down the baselines and provide a nice view without the extra expense of sitting behind home plate or the dugouts.
If you like the idea of being behind home plate but are looking for a more affordable option than the Club seats, consider the Box section seats, which are located behind a cross-aisle directly at the rear of the Club and Dugout Box seats. A ticket in the Box section costs $10 and you’re really not much farther back than the more expensive seats. The second Box section is behind the left field fence. This spot not only provides a great vantage point, but is directly adjacent to the team shop and numerous concessions.
The Reserved section is a four-section set of bleachers on the first base line, directly behind the Field Box seats. Tickets here are just $8 or $7 if you’re a senior citizen. For $8, you can also grab a standing room only spot, which are only sold when needed.
If you’re interested in a seating option that’s a little more unique, Metro Bank Park offers a pair of sections that will easily entice you. The Bar Stools sections are not only one of the coolest seating choices you’ll find in Minor League Baseball, but lack the expense you might expect from something so unique. The ballpark has a series of bar stools in left and right field that feature a stool and a bar to lean on. These seats are just $12 and while both the left and right field options provide great views, consider the right field side, as you’ll be directly above the home bullpen.
If you plan to enjoy some Senators baseball while filling your stomach, consider the All-You-Can-Eat section in right field. Tickets here cost $21, which is just a few more bucks than you’d pay for a seat above the dugout. If you calculate how much you plan to eat and drink at the game, an All-You-Can-Eat seat might make sense. When you buy a ticket in this section, you get a wristband and can order anything from the concession stands directly behind the section. Choices include hot dogs, sliders, soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and even ice cream sandwiches. You’re not confined to this section; you’re still free to move around the park and buy food elsewhere.
When I visited Metro Bank Park in June 2011, I bought a ticket in the All-You-Can-Eat section for $16 using the premise that if I bought at $10 ticket, I’d likely eat more than $6 of food. Boy, was I right! I made a point of not overeating, but still put away two hot dogs, two sliders, two bags of popcorn, a bag of peanuts and an ice cream sandwich. If you’re on the fence about where to sit, give this All-You-Can-Eat section a shot.