Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park – Auburn, New York

General Impression: Quaint. Quintessential. Small town. Classic. All descriptors that come to mind when thinking of Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park in Auburn, New York. Although there is the usual ballpark trapings as with many other minor league venues – program giveaways, on-field promotions, fireworks – you have to look beyond that to see what exists here in this small, Upstate New York ballpark. It’s the fans that come out and support this team, and have for many, many years. As we witnessed on our most recent trip, it’s obvious a Saturday night at Falcon Park is as much a social gathering for their community as it is a ballgame. Fans who have been there countless Saturday nights over the years reconnecting with each other, reliving days gone by. Small signs adorn the fence area along the concourse, remembering Auburn baseball fans from years gone by that are no longer with us. It harkens back to a day when the NY-Penn League existed in tiny communities across Upstate New York, communities like Geneva, and Little Falls, and Watertown, and Glens Falls. Communities who gathered together much the same way they still do in Auburn, to cheer their team on. Auburn is one of a few communities left in Upstate New York that still carries that small town moniker, replaced by ‘communities’ such as Brooklyn, Staten Island, Albany, and Wappinger’s Falls. Not to take away from those cities and their support of their teams, most are great places to watch a game as well, it’s just a much different atmosphere. Hopefully Auburn continues, in their own way, to come together on warm summer nights for many years to come and cheer on their Doubledays.

Food and Libations: One large stand, behind the homeplate grandstand, services most of the concession duties for the ballpark.  A rather expanded menu for a small ballpark meets the customer though, with the usual hot dogs, popcorn, and peanuts, as well as pizza, Italian sausage, and fries, as well as other goodies.  A large beer window is behind the main concession stand, with no less than eight different beers on tap.  A ‘grill’ area exists down the first base line, open to everyone attending the game.  There is also an ice cream truck behind the first base bleachers.

Parking: Free, directly across the street from the stadium.  There is one paved lot, and one grass lot, and they appear adequate enough to hold enough cars even when the ballpark is almost at capacity.

Programs/Scorecards: Available at the customer service booth inside the gate.  $2.00.

Complaints/Gripes: None.

Yes/No/Maybe: Yeah, this is one venue you will see our ‘attendance numbers’ go up at year to year.  Love this park, even if it is off our beaten path a bit.

Pictures:Falcon Park on Tim and Jill’s Travelogue

This page was created on July 17, 2011

 

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