FirstEnergy Park Review

The Review of FirstEnergy Park Rating: 4.5
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • FirstEnergy Park opened in 2001, but feels much newer
  • The ballpark should quickly ascend your list of favorite parks
Grab a seat behind home plate and catch some South Atlantic League action in one of the league's best parks.

Regardless of how many minor league parks you’ve visited, it’s not a stretch to suggest that you’ll put Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park near the top of your list of favorites after just one visit. Situated an easy drive from New York City and Philadelphia, it makes sense to swing past Lakewood when you’re visiting either of these big cities for an MLB game. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with planning a road trip to Lakewood — FirstEnergy Park is worth it.

Opened in 2001, this South Atlantic League ballpark feels even newer than that. Whether you’re seated in one of the park’s 6,588 seats or have grabbed a blanket and made yourself comfortable on the grass berms, you’ll have an excellent view of the action on the field. FirstEnergy Park also boasts one of the best video boards in the South Atlantic League and an outstanding team shop.

One of the best features that you’ll enjoy about FirstEnergy Park is its open concourse. You can see the game regardless of where you’re standing, which means that whether you’re in line for some food or heading to the team shop, you’ll be able to keep an eye on the game. The concourse wraps entirely around the playing field, too, extending behind the grass berms and offering concession options in several different locations. If visiting with kids, make sure to visit the play area in the left field corner. The area is packed with inflatable attractions and games, including speed pitch and Wiffle Ball. You can buy a wristband that provides unlimited use of this area.