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2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:11 pm

I'll post the actual guide later today or tomorrow (before the openers), but here's what is new:

Aeros yearbook replaced with free handout program (a la the Tribe and Captains)

Aeros Tickets now $9 reserved/$5 bleacher

Captains Box seats $10 day of game
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:21 pm

Columbus Clippers

Tickets

Loge - $20 - few available, day of game only until STH sales are halted
Club - $15 ($18 day of game) - few available, day of game only until STH sales are halted
Box - $12 ($15 day of game) - all sections but 5 and 19 same availability as club/loge
Reserved - $10 ($7 seniors/children)
Bleachers/Berm/SRO - $6 ($3 seniors/children)
BOGO tickets on Tuesdays w/Kraft cheese wrapper (unsure of what price levels offer valid for)

Note: Printing tickets is better than using will call as you will get stuck in line with the 2,000 or so (not exaggerating) people buying walk-up tickets. There are separate will call windows, but no separate will call line.

Publications
Media Guide - $12 last year, will list this year's price once the media guide becomes available
Program - $2 - 4 issues (will keep everyone updated on when new issues release)
Scoring Blocks - in program - On the small side, but usable. If you want large and perfectly flat, bring your own scorecard. Otherwise, the ones in the program are pretty solid.

Parking
PARKING MAP
http://www.arenadistrict.com/public/fil ... ct-map.pdf

$5 ($10 or $15 when event at Nationwide Arena)
A/B Lot
N Lot

$4 ($10 when event at Nationwide Arena)
K Lot
M Lot

$3
I Lot

N, K, M, and I Lot parking for Clippers games can be purchased at Clippers price + $1 fee
http://arenadistrictparking.clickandpar ... ndex.shtml

Promo code - (enter ehccXXXX, with XXXX being 4-digit game date)
ex. April 13 = ehcc0413

Will post info on other lots once I find out.

Directions
I-71 South to Spring St. Exit (on left)
right onto Spring
right onto Front St.
Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
ballpark on right past arena

Food
Concession are best in Indians organization, including Progressive Field, a few notables:
- Bratwurst on pretzel bun with Stadium Mustard
- Funnel cake fries
- Tim Horton's donuts
- City Barbeque ribs
Mondays - either 10¢ hot dogs (once a month) or $1 each hot dogs, popcorn, and soda
Tuesdays - $1-a-bone ribs
Wednesday nights - 50¢ wings
Thursdays - various specials (will check on details)
Fridays - $1-a-bone ribs, $2 and $3 beer until 6:50 PM

Ballpark is part of Arena District - trendier bars and restaurants abound
For less trendy eateries a few good exits off I-71 are:
- Dublin-Granville Rd. (shopping centers)
- Polaris Parkway (shopping centers, mall)
- Delaware/Sunbury (truck stops)

Akron Aeros

Tickets
Aeros Club - $20
Reserved - $9 ($8 seniors/children)
Bleachers - $5
BOGO tickets on Tuesdays with Kraft cheese wrapper
will check soon re: ACME coupons
FREE tickets with voucher from sponsor (Akron/Canton locations only) - vouchers not available yet at last check
- May 30th (Memorial Day) - Subway
- June 27th - Applebee's
- August 29th - KeyBank

Publications
Media Guide - $5 (apparently only at program kiosk down 1st base line [get there early!], at least for now)
Program - free monthly (5 issues) handout (includes scoring blocks - similar to Clippers but with smaller spaces [we're talking "Lord's Prayer on a postage stamp" territory here])
Rosters - free at guest services booth behind plate - were not at program kiosk

Parking
free in city owned lots (some of which are fairly close - one is right across State St. between the Barley House and Lock 3)
UA lots are $3
closest lot is at Children's Hospital ($4) - was not available for Aeros parking when I got there opening night, but that was at 5:50.
$5 in private lots across S. Main St.
If attending a day game, city lots are charged for and likely full (unsure of what parking is cheapest and/or available in these instances)

Directions
I-77 South to "Downtown" exit (will put you on Akron's Inner Belt)
Inner Belt to Cedar/Exchange exit
Right onto Cedar
Left onto Bowery (Children's hospital parking is on right)
Right onto State (city-owned lot on left)
If visiting team shop/ticket office on non-game days turn right onto Main (metered parking in front of team shop)

Food
Concession Stands
Dog Pound - section 118
- Three Dog Night - Hot dog inside brat inside kielbasa + sauerkraut and mustard
- WonderDog (1/2 lb.) and 8th wonder of the world (1 lb.) dogs w/choice of toppings (40 to choose from)
- more standard sausages available too - the brats are big and tasty (also brat shaped as opposed to hot-dog shaped!)
Taters - Section 102
- Fries (regular and sweet potato, both fresh-cut IIRC) and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are the specialty here
- also serves as main stand for standard ballpark fare
Godfather's Kitchen - Section 101
- Italian food including pizza (Pizza Hut), calzones, and meatball and Italian deli subs
Bier Garten - Section 115
- Beer-centric stand, need to check net time I'm there for more info on beer varieties and food selection at this stand
Farmer's Market - Section 115
- Health food stand, will get more details on my next visit
Sock Hop Ice Cream Shoppe - Section 123
- Ice cream including 5 lb. "screamer" sundae in full-size replica helmet (the ultimate helmet sundae
Jobu's Voodoo - Bleachers
- Voodoo Dog - cheddar and jalapenos
- Kitchen Sink Nachos
No idea what stand has the "Nice 2 Meat You" burger - 1 1/4 lb. burger + 1/2 hot dog with 1/4 lb. bacon + cheese and onions
Bertman's has replaced Stadium Mustard
Thursdays - $1 soda and beer through 7th inning
Nearby restaurants
- Barley House Bar/Grill across W. State St. from Canal Park
- Rubber City Grill on corner of S. Main St. and W. Exchange St.
- Wing Warehouse at Ballpark (former Menches Bros. site)

Rte. 21 (Medina/Akron) exits are for Montrose shopping center area. Chain restaurants include:
Chili's
Applebee's

Kinston Indians
Tickets
Box - SOLD OUT ($7 if they happen to become available)
Reserved - $6 ($5 seniors/children/military)
Bleachers - $5
4 and under free if on parent's lap
BOGO tickets on Tuesdays w/Kraft cheese wrapper (unsure of what price levels offer valid for)

Publications
no media guide
Yearbook - $3
Scoring Blocks - Only blocks available are in program, which is too glossy. Bring your own scoresheet.

Parking
Free

Food
Haven't been there. Anyone who has and has info on food, please let me know.

Lake County Captains
Tickets
Officer's Club - $20
Box - $9($8 seniors/children on non-fireworks nights) advance/$10 day of game
Bleachers/Lawn - $7 (sold only if box seats sell out)
$8 adult tickets on Monday ($7 with PNC Bank debit or credit card - not sure about PNC ATM-only cards)
$7 adult tickets on Tuesday (kids admission still $8 but includes a hot dog, fries, and soda)
BOGO tickets on Tuesdays w/Kraft cheese wrapper (unsure if $7 or $9 for two tickets)

Publications
no media guide
Program (On Deck!) - free - 4 editions - monthly (April/May combined issue)
Scoring Blocks - Free at PNC Fans First (guest services) while inventory of old scorecards lasts.
Roster sheets - Free at PNC Fans First

Parking
$5, $4 lot opens up when adjacent $5 lots are full (you will be towed if you park for a game in a lot not operated or licensed by the Captains)
Best Lots (in order of how good the lots are)
- Gold Lot (if public spaces available)
- Curtis Blvd. office buildings
- Blue Lot - across SOM Center

Directions
Shoreway east
Take Rte. 2 at Rte. 2/I-90 split
exit at Rte. 91 (Eastlake)
Left onto Rte. 91 (SOM Center Rd.)
parking and ballpark on right

Food
Notable concessions include cheese-filled kielbasa and double cheeseburgers
many good restaurants/fast-food joints (see below)
Mondays - $1 each hot dogs, soda, beer, fries, popcorn, and onion rings
Tuesdays - BOGO hot dogs, fries, onion rings, chips, pretzles, and popcorn
Wednesday nights - $20 for box seat and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, burgers, fries, onion rings, popcorn, and chips
Thursday nights - 10¢ beer until game time, half-price soda and beer through 7th inning , $10 pizza and wings buffet
Other good places to eat nearby include
- Waffle House - Vine Street
- Guy's Pizza (cheap pizza by the slice!) - beyond LF
- Hershey's Ice Cream (beyond LF)
- Hardee's - Vine Street
- Captain's Club (across SOM Center)
- Xtra Innings Bar & Grill (beyond LF)
- Biagio's (great donuts and pizza) across Vine
- Scorchers - beyond LF
- Anthony's diner - couple blocks west of ballpark
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:22 pm

As you can see, the top three affiliates all have question marks remaining about their programs. I'll post that indo as I receive it.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:32 pm

Just had a very productive phone conversation with the Akron Aeros. Here is the lowdown

Free handout program (being described as a "playbill", don't knwo if that's the title or not) with scoring blocks (on non-glossy paper) inside. Roster sheets are free at guest services and program kisoks.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:39 pm

Just heard back from the Clips, same drill as last year on the programs (4 issues). I will post when a new issue comes out.

Very productive day. Just waiting for the K-Tribe yearbook and Clips media guide to come out to see if the price stayed the same.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby osueddy » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:17 pm

Your food guide for Akron should include the heart attack inducing foods they are introducing this year. I might try the Three Dog Night tomorrow, but I don't know if I'm brave enough.

I'll be there and let you know how the whole program/roster thing works out.

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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:13 am

I'll add the extreme food info soon (have to make sure I have a complete list).

I'll also be at the opener. Interested to see how the program turns out.

By the way, is the new mascot (polka dotted pigeon) an April Fools' joke?
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Pork Chop Pough » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:10 am

Upper Box Woodchuck wrote:Akron Aeros
If attending a day game, city lots are charged for and likely full (unsure of what parking is cheapest and/or available in these instances)

I certainly should not be considered an expert on downtown parking, but I've made the mistake of attending one of those weekday morning "education day" games. It's true, it's pretty much impossible to find parking in any downtown city lot at those times. However, I've never known the university parking garage on High Street to be full (just a block east of Canal Park main entrance)... makes for an easy last ditch option –– $5.00.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:25 am

Pork Chop Pough wrote:
Upper Box Woodchuck wrote:Akron Aeros
If attending a day game, city lots are charged for and likely full (unsure of what parking is cheapest and/or available in these instances)

I certainly should not be considered an expert on downtown parking, but I've made the mistake of attending one of those weekday morning "education day" games. It's true, it's pretty much impossible to find parking in any downtown city lot at those times. However, I've never known the university parking garage on High Street to be full (just a block east of Canal Park main entrance)... makes for an easy last ditch option –– $5.00.


Quick question about those games: Is the education theme overwhelming to the point of annoyance for an adult fan (feels more like you're sitting in a classroom than a ballpark) or is it possible to just sit back and enjoy one of those games? I've had experience with both types of education day games, so I was just wondering.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Pork Chop Pough » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:48 am

I didn't think the "education" part was bad at all. It just seemed like a field trip for elementary school kids… and that was the problem. I think I tend to have a pretty high tolerance for kids, but the place was overrun with them, and since it's entire classes there, a lot of them had no focus or interest on the game. If you've done that and expect it going in, it's not that bad of an experience.

I thought those games would be convenient for me since I work nights, but the combination of wandering herds of children, after I had gotten to the park late since all my usual lots were full… well, I did that about 4-5 years ago and doubt I'll do one again. They might be good games from the bleachers or Aeros Club (not sure about Wings Warehouse hours).

Speaking of the Aeros Club, I use my season ticket vouchers once or twice a year to upgrade to that (for those who don't know, it's a loge that's available to the general public for single games). I'll get together with 2-3 old friends and we do dinner at the Warehouse and then the game from the Aeros Club… everyone always has a great time, the service up there is excellent, and I've been able to get the tickets right before the game (it's available for up to 20, but there's never been more than half that when I've been there).
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby osueddy » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:35 pm

UPW,

That scorecard was tiny! I also didn't see any rosters available, but I didn't look to hard since a brought my own.

I wasn't man enough for the three dog night; the hot dog and brat went down easy, but the kielbasa was a foot! Couldn't finish it.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Pork Chop Pough » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:52 pm

The Flight Plan or whatever the free handout was called is a completely worthless 50 pages of advertising. They had a little booth set up inside the main entrance where I think they had other media/info available (assuming roster printouts, and I saw a stack of something that was spiral bound). The problem was that I hadn't eaten all day, so I went to get food first. After I'd eaten and went back to see what was available at that booth, they had already closed it down –– at 6:55! What the hell was the point?! I also didn't see anything along those lines in Infield Outfitters... I used to be able to get a yearbook, media guide and Eastern League media guide.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:30 am

Here's the lowdown on the Akron Aeros publications

Media Guide - $5 (apparently only at program kiosk down 1st base line [get there early!], at least for now)
Program - free handout (includes scoring blocks - similar to Clippers but with smaller spaces [we're talking "Lord's Prayer on a postage stamp" territory here])
Rosters - free at guest services booth behind plate - were not at program kiosk

The kiosk also sells 50/50 raffle tickets.

More detailed info on Aeros concessions coming tomorrow.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Terry » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:45 am

Some additions for the Captains.

Scorchers is now Wing Warehouse and Beef O'Brady is now Xtra Innings.

If you like doughnuts, Biagio's across Vine Street has the best in the area. They also serve great pizza, but it's all take out.

Anthony's a great diner a couple of blocks west of the ballpark.

There are private parking lots in the office buildings on Curtis Blvd behind the stadium. For the last several years, they charged the same price as the city lot on the other side of Rt. 91, but you don't have to walk up and down the 3 flights of stairs to cross over the highway.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:00 am

Terry wrote:Some additions for the Captains.

Scorchers is now Wing Warehouse and Beef O'Brady is now Xtra Innings.

If you like doughnuts, Biagio's across Vine Street has the best in the area. They also serve great pizza, but it's all take out.

Anthony's a great diner a couple of blocks west of the ballpark.

There are private parking lots in the office buildings on Curtis Blvd behind the stadium. For the last several years, they charged the same price as the city lot on the other side of Rt. 91, but you don't have to walk up and down the 3 flights of stairs to cross over the highway.


Thanks! I'll get this added to the list tomorrow (may fall asleep any moment now). I've always used the Curtis Blvd. lots. Best parking you can get (unless it's a poorly attended game - i.e. weeknights - and the Gold Lot has public spaces available). I'll have to try Biagio's and Anthony's next time I'm in the area.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:43 pm

Info added re: Aeros parking and concessions and Captains parking and nearby restaurants.

Also, does anybody know which stand sells the "Nice 2 Meat You" at the Aeros game?
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Pork Chop Pough » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:34 pm

I don't know, but that's my other complaint...

I really do appreciate that the Aeros are trying to inject several new things into the Canal Park experience... aside from the scoreboard, these might be their first changes in the past decade. However, they have new menus posted on the facade of every concession stand, but that doesn't mean you can currently get those items. I decided to give the "pizza dog" a try, but was then told they don't serve it. C'mon, it's not exactly food science here... it shouldn't take a year to develop new recipes. Most of these new menu items are there because they were already serving the ingredients as regular menu items, and now they're simply combining them in different ways.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:07 pm

You almost have to write off the first month or so with the Aeros. They're run so haphazardly that it takes a complaint to get something working right. Take note of the umpteen million corrections I have had to make to the publications info for them.
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Re: 2011 Farm System Travel Guide

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:08 pm

K-Tribe yearbook (aka program) is $3 again.
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