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CHUKCHANSI PARK

TEAM ::: FRESNO GRIZZLIES
LOCATION ::: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
MY FIRST GAME ::: AUGUST 7, 2008
OPPONENT ::: NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS
LEVEL ::: PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 'AAA'

Parker - The Fresno Grizzlies Mascot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: A
MASCOT ::: A+

Chukchansi Park- Fresno, California

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Dusk over Right Field in Fresno - Chukchansi Park

THE BALLPARK IN FRESNO IS THE CLASSIC NEW STYLE BALLPARK. THE PARK PROVIDES A RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE TO ENJOY THE GAME. PROBLEM
IS, THE ATMOSPHERE IS A BIT LACKING.

Looking Towards Left Field - Chukchansi Park

GETTING TO THE PARK IS AN ADVENTURE IN DOUBLE CHECKING THE DOOR LOCKS.
ONCE OFF THE HIGHWAY IT IS ABOUT 6 BLOCKS TO THE PARK, A ROUTE I'M SURE
THE GRIZZLIES WOULD LIKE SOMETHING DONE WITH. ONCE AT THE PARK HOWEVER,
A FEW LARGE LOTS ARE WAITING.

The spacious aisleways at Chukchansi Park - Fresno

WITH THAT, I WAS SURPRISED THAT EVEN WITH MY EARLY ARRIVAL TIME AND THE
SPARSE CROWD AT THE GAME, I WAS TOLD THE LARGE LOT ACROSS THE STREET IS
FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS. I FOUND A LOT BEYOND THE OUTFIELD FENCE WHERE
$5 WAS CHARGED TO PARK. SADLY, THIS LOT SEEMED TO BE NEAR THE EDGE OF
THE "BALLPARK SAFE ZONE," SOMETHING ELSE I'M SURE THE GRIZZLIES WOULD
LIKE CHANGED.

The view from Right Field - Chukchansi Park

AT THE TICKET WINDOW, I WAS RELIEVED TO SEE THAT SACRAMENTO PRICES WERE
NOT THROUGHOUT TRIPLE A CALIFORNIA PARKS.  IN '07, TICKETS THAT MOST
WOULD SIT IN WERE BETWEEN $11 & $14, MAKING ME THINK THAT THERE MUST BE
A WEST COAST PREMIUM BECAUSE TICKET PRICES FOR MOST OF THE REST OF THE
COUNTRY ARE ABOUT $5 LESS.

The Chukchansi kids playground - Located beyond RF

ONCE ADMITTED TO THE PARK, I FOUND SIMILARITIES TO MANY PARKS I'VE
VISITED PREVIOUSLY. A 2 LEVEL PARK HERE I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF
ALTOONA. THE HUGE VERY CLEAN CONCOURSE WITH THE CONCESSIONS ALONG THE
WALL ALLOW LINES TO FORM WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. WHAT
ALSO HELPS IS THAT IN FRESNO THEY DO NOT TRY AND UTILIZE EVERY AVAILABLE
SPOT TO SELL CONCESSIONS LIKE SO MANY OTHER PARKS DO.

Game Action - Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Ca

THE SEATING AREA IS ONE OF THE BETTER ONES AROUND. COMFORTABLE SEATS
WITH PLENTY OF LEG ROOM ARE WHAT MAKE A TRIP TO CHUKCHANSI SO ENJOYABLE.
NOTHING GIVES POINTS TO A PARK LIKE SPACE  BETWEEN YOUR KNEES AND THE
GUY IN FRONT OF YOU.

Looking towards Right Field - Chukchansi Park

THE GAME HERE IS HANDLED WELL, THE BETWEEN INNING CONTESTS ARE KEPT TO A
MINIMUM AND THERE IS NOT AN OVERABUNDANCE OF "NOISE" PIPED IN DURING THE
GAME.  THE SCOREBOARDS SHARE THE UNDERSTATEDNESS OF THE PLACE, THE BOARD
IN RIGHT IS A SIMPLE TEAL COLORED MANUALLY OPERATED BOARD. IN LEFT, A
LARGE VIDEO BOARD ONLY GIVES THE BATTERS STATS AND LEAVES THE
COMMERCIALS FOR THE SIGNAGE AROUND IT. WITH THE MANY SPECIALS OFFERED
HERE, I ATTENDED ON TACO TUESDAY, $2 PER TACO WHICH WAS JUST OK. THE
REST OF THE FOOD OFFERED IS PRETTY STANDARD, THE PRICES MUST BE AS WELL
BECAUSE NOTHING STOOD OUT TO ME.
CHUKCHANSI PARK IS NAMED FOR A LOCAL CASINO IN THE FRESNO AREA, I DON'T
THINK IT IS RIGHT BUT IF THE GRIZZLIES ARE ABLE TO KEEP PRICES DOWN IT
IS WORTH IT.

Looking towards RF - Chukchansi Park

FRESNO'S PARK OFFERS LOCAL FANS AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO SEE A GAME. IF
THIS WERE THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER SEEN THIS DESIGN I WOULD LOVE IT. I
JUST FEEL THAT OTHER PARKS I HAVE VISITED HAVE TAKEN THIS DESIGN AND
DONE A LOT MORE WITH IT. I GUESS IF EVERY PARK APPEARS TO BE THE SAME,
TEAMS NOW IT SEEMS NEED TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER TO "GENERATE" ATMOSPHERE
AND EXCITEMENT.

Exchanging the Line Ups - Chukchansi Park

THE LINE UPS
 
NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS MANAGER :::
24 Ken Oberkfell
 
FRESNO GRIZZLIES MANAGER :::
2 Dan Rohn

NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS
 
12 Anderson Hernandez ss
8 Fernando Tatis 3b
38 Ricky Ledee rf
29 Andy Tracy 1b
7 Chip Ambres cf
3 Jake Gautreau 2b
30 Jason Alfaro rf
27 Robinson Cancel c
48 Mike Pelfrey p / LP

Getting ready for the game - Chukchansi Park

FRESNO GRIZZLIES
 
18 Justin Leone 2b
9 Luis Figueroa ss
19 Nate Schierholtz rf
43 Scott McClain 3b
40 Dan Ortmeier 1b
14 Fred Lewis lf
12 Todd Jennings c
8 Clay Timpner cf
35 Sun Woo Kim p / WP
20 Brian Wilson S

The Manual Scoreboard in Right - Fresno, Ca

ZEPHYRS   100   000   000   1   6   0
GRIZZLIES  200   000   000   2   8   0
 
TIME ::: 2:14
ATTENDANCE ::: 6,580
WEATHER ::: 85 CLEAR & COMFORTABLE

The video board in Left - Chuckchansi Park, Fresno

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