Monday, September 15, 2008

Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark

WHERE: Arlington, Texas
WHERE EXACTLY: 1202 Nolan Ryan Expressway, just North of the Ballpark in Arlington
WHEN VISITED: September 2008, on my lunch break.

Dr. Pepper is HUGE in Texas. This little Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark was completed in 1994 the same year the Ballpark in Arlington opened it's doors. Its patterned much after the big stadium as well, incorporating the same type girder structure and colors.

As you enter the grandstand you get a nice view of The Wall, Baird Farm Road, and Wet-N-Wild in the background. Enough seats for 750 screaming moms and dads. And shaded from the hot Texas sun.

I drive past this field several times a week, and every time I do I see the grounds crew busily at work. This is no ordinary youth ballfield.

The 20' high left field wall, for that Fenway feeling. Notice the windows cut into the wall for fans to watch the game from the street side.

When Baird Farm Road was being built for access to the new Cowboys Stadium nearby, this little ballpark was threatened with demolition since it was in its path. Thankfully the planners came up with the idea of redirecting the road a little, shortening left field, and installing the high retaining wall. The viewing cutouts were genius. The little field was re-dedicated May 17, 2008.

Sitting in the shadow of the Ballpark, with Mark Holtz Lake between them, this little gem would be a thrill for anybody to play at.

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