Cashman Field, a welcome distraction in Vegas
by, 08-01-2012 at 10:24 AM (1202 Views)
As stated in my blog post about the Epicenter, I also spent this year's vacation in Nevada.
Since I have absolutely no connection with gambling, it was a nice option to attend a game at Cashman Field.
Cashman Field is home of the Las Vegas 51s, the AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. In this game, the 51s hosted the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants).
A huge parking lot lies in front of this combined convention center and stadium. The ballpark catches the eye because of the exceptional colour. The stadium has a red-brown and sandy colour that matches with the desert and mountains that surround Las Vegas. The light towers are very different than you normally see; I would say a kind of design. This ballpark also has a nice backdrop of mountains, that looks nice especially during sunset.
Cashman Field can house a little less than 10,000 fans (AAA standards). Unfortunately there were about 2,800 spectators and that made the spatious seating area look quite empty.
The concession stands have a big variety of food. I bought three hot dogs and two large cokes in some nice souvenir cups; it cost me a bit more than $ 20.00. For $ 40.00 I had three seats close to homeplate. Only in front of me was the ring of seats of season ticket holders. The fan store has a broad variety of fan articles: Authentic caps for $ 33.00 (which I think is rather expensive for a minor league team) and very nice looking replica jerseys for $ 80.00, to name a few.
Besides the odd light towers and the different colour setting, the ballpark has one special issue. During hot and humid nights they have some system that sprays a mist of water to keep the fans cool.
IMHO the Las Vegas fans were very quiet, even when their team took a big lead. That silence together with the many empty seats didn't help to create a nice atmosphere.
Overall I enjoyed this stadium, but I must admit that I am not used to much, since we don't have baseball stadiums like this in the Netherlands (we have two baseball stadiums that can hold about 2,000 fans without additional bleachers).
I want to give the following rating (from 1 to 10, low to high):
Overall experience: 7
Here are some photos that I made during my stay at Cashman Field: