Finding Your Way Around Fifth Third Field

The Finding Your Way Around Fifth Third Field
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • Swamp Shop team store in RF corner is huge and modern
  • Concourse wraps around entire field
Two of the best vantage points for the game are the standing room sections in left and right field.

Fifth Third Field has a number of must-see locations that you can check out as soon as you enter the park’s gates or browse throughout the gate. Die-hard fans should arrive early, as the park opens an hour before first pitch; on select weekend dates, fans get access 90 minutes before first pitch, which gives you more time to check out the happenings on the field, scout out the park and try for some autographs.

The park’s crown jewel is The Roost, a group seating area in the right field corner, but unless you’re lucky enough to be part of a group that has booked the section, you’ll have to settle for looking from afar. Don’t be discouraged, though. While you’re in this area, check out the Swamp Shop team store, which is located directly under The Roost. It’s one of the nicer team stores in the International League sells not only Mud Hens gear, but also souvenirs for the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League.

The main-level concourse at Fifth Third Field is open to the field, so you’ll have no problem keeping an eye on the game while you wait in line to buy something to eat. And speaking of concourses, this one is great. Unlike some MiLB parks, you can walk entirely around Fifth Third Field, which gives you great outfield vantage points. If you want to get away from the crowd, which tends to congregate in the home plate concourse, check out the standing room areas in left and right field.

If you’ve got kids, be sure to visit the kids’ play area, situated behind the batter’s eye in straightaway center. The second level of Fifth Third Field contains the suites and a number of concession stands, but the bulk of the things to see and do are on the first level.