|Chronological Tour: Stop 379|
Main entrance to Monongalia Co. Ballpark, Aug-2015.
A view of the seating bowl from the outfield.
The view from directly behind the plate shows the university logo in the outfield.
The field features artificial turf, which was necessary to accommodate a schedule that may begin as early as late February for the Mountaineers. The WVU logo is painted in the outfield.
There are paid parking lots next to the stadium for $3; however, many fans park up the hill in the lot of the rather large University Town Centre shopping plaza, which includes a Wal-Mart. From there, it is a relatively short walk down to the field, although the walk back up may be troublesome for elderly or less able spectators.
The concourse is surprisingly narrow and does not wrap around the outfield. Standing-room spectator areas do extend beyond the right-field foul pole behind the home team bullpen. This may be the most spacious area of the park, although it can be difficult to see the game from there. Some fans also watch from a beer garden down that line.
Views from down the third-base line are blocked by a wrought iron fence that helps keeps fans from encroaching on a steep berm beyond the end of the seating area, which only extends to either base. The berm has been deemed too steep for spectators to utilize.
The Black Bears sell a $1 “stat pack” with the rosters, stats, and day’s lineup. The public address announcer is good at announcing pitching changes, and the video board is also effective, so the serious fan should have no trouble following the game.
Concessions seem rather high-priced, and the selection in the two main concourse stands is unbalanced. The line for the one stand that sells burgers, chicken fingers, etc., is often much longer than the line for the other stand, which is limited to hot dogs and the like.
|1398||Sat 8-Aug-2015||NY-Penn||A||State College 2, WV BLACK BEARS 1, 10 inn|