How To Get A Ball At Fifth Third Ballpark

The How To Get A Ball At Fifth Third Ballpark
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • BP balls can hide in group areas behind fence
  • Grass berms are perfect for catching fouls
If you're among the first to enter the ballpark, scan the rows of seating to look for any foul balls hit during batting practice.

Don't expect to have any luck snagging batting practice home runs behind the outfield fence at Fifth Third Ballpark. The way this park is built, there are structures and a perimeter fence behind the outfield fence, meaning BP home runs will not fly far enough for you to get.

You won't have a new Midwest League ball in your hands by the time you enter Fifth Third Ballpark, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get a ball during your visit. Like most MiLB facilities, Fifth Third Ballpark's gates open only after batting practice is done, but this doesn't necessarily hamper your chances at a ball.

Try to get to the park well before the gates open and line up first. Being the first fan (or at least one of the first) in the ballpark gives you the most likely chance of finding a ball from batting practice. As soon as you're able to enter, pick a spot to begin searching for balls. The stands down the base lines are a smart choice in any park, including here. But at Fifth Third Ballpark, there are a few areas that are more likely to contain a hidden gem. Down the first base side, pay special attention to the grass and garden areas in the right field corner. Ushers are tasked with picking up BP foul balls, but it's easy for one to roll under a bush and be out of sight. Likewise, take a quick look through the wooden party deck beyond right field. It's full of different levels and chairs that can cause an usher to easily overlook a ball.

Down the third base line, take time to search through the grass berm and around the waterfall structure. It's unlikely that you'll see a ball laying out in the open, so remember to look in more concealed areas.

Once the game begins, the grass berm down each base line is a perfect spot to wait for a long foul ball, while a spot along the fence gives you a shot at snagging a rolling foul ball. Likewise, the open areas at each of the concourse are ideal for fouls.