By Joe Manny Hernandez @mannysportss
Although we took some time off due to the All Star Break, we managed to suicide squeeze one ballpark in our schedule. We traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to visit the Las Vegas 51’s, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. The Las Vegas 51’s have been associated with the New York Mets since 2013. Since the arrival of the baseball in Las Vegas the 51’s have been a part of four major league clubs the Padres from 1983 to 2000, the Dodgers from 2000 to 2008, and the Toronto Blue Jays from 2009 to 2013.
Although there has been rumors circulating that the team might be relocated in the next couple years. The Las Vegas 51’s call Cashman Field home since 1983, making it one of the oldest fields in the Pacific Coast League. Cashman Field holds 9,334 seats and has room for people to stand and or set up a panic area to relax and enjoy the game from grassy areas around the ballpark. The stadium is also connected to the Cashman Convention center, which is used to host numerous events for the city of Las Vegas.
Parking and Ticket Prices:
On our way to the stadium we noticed the ballpark was colossal for a simple minor league baseball team. We noticed it had two large parking structures and plenty of parking for fans to attend the game. Parking was only $5, which is average for a minor league baseball team. The parking lot was clean and had plenty of space. We arrived a bit late on account it was a double header and had to hike a giant hill to reach the main entrance. We recommend to arrive early due to the trek.
Tickets at the ballpark are affordable and easy to obtain The 51’s are one of the few teams in minor league baseball that have decided to go digital. If you purchase your tickets online you will create a Ticketmaster account in order to just scan your tickets at the door. This is good if you do not want to wait in line to purchase tickets. Only downside is you do not get physical versions of your tickets to keep as mementos. Although it limits traffic, it takes away from the total experience of a ball game. As for prices tickets range from $11 to $30. Eleven dollar tickets get you into the stadium and open general admission. The more expensive seats come with front row access and give fans the opportunity to sit alongside the players. These seats come with more of a premium look and feel.
As for the experience this ballpark offers a lot for fans of all ages. It includes wide grassy areas for kids to play catch or adults to have a picnic. This ballpark theme relates close with the idea of Nevada’s notorious Area 51 site. The logo attracts both kids and adults, which makes it interactive for all ages. The team does a great job of marketing their product. Another thing we found interesting was the on-field cap. The simple blue hat with the alien logo is creative and fits the team perfectly.
Something else that we recommend is the food. The stadium eats are probably the best we’ve had. They offer a great grilled chicken sandwich, that taste fresh and healthy and at a reasonable price. The 51’s also offer a top quality restaurant inside the ballpark. This restaurant offers good food and more of a meal for fans who are tired of eating ballpark food. Overall this is a great place to take some time away from the strip and offers a relaxing feeling. Although we know some people may not want to take some time from partying gambling and drinking. We know this place is definitely a Top 10 destination for baseball fans.