Polar Park Seating

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For those who have braved Kelley Square and made it into (and out of) Polar Park- what is the LF berm seating like? Right now that is the only thing available for Father's day weekend, and OGG SR has bad knees from his days as a catcher (don't get him started about how he used to play against Mark Belanger) . Standing a full game is out of the question, without something to lean against (I prefer SRO at Fenway for that reason... walk around the park, half sit on a ledge, etc.) . Can you just plop down a blanket there? Beach chairs? Before I spend a grand total of $9 for him, I want to know what I am getting into.

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I didn't think the LF berm was open yet. The last game I was at (last week), it literally was a dirt hill, with the preliminary construction of the building behind it (I guess the parking garage there will be completed well before the rest of the building). I didn't think the berm was even going to be ready for this season, but I'm probably wrong.
 

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Here’s the secret for Polar Park seating: Buy a general admissions ticket, and get there early. There are TONS of fantastic GA seats available all over the stadium. I bought a seat down the 3rd base line, but ended up sitting behind home plate, and out in the right field pavilion (so I could try the barbecue)

When the left field berm is finished (next year) that’ll be another cool place to sit
 

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Here’s the secret for Polar Park seating: Buy a general admissions ticket, and get there early. There are TONS of fantastic GA seats available all over the stadium. I bought a seat down the 3rd base line, but ended up sitting behind home plate, and out in the right field pavilion (so I could try the barbecue)

When the left field berm is finished (next year) that’ll be another cool place to sit
Do you know what sections are general admission? I tried for about 15 minutes to find a map that laid it out and somehow couldn't find anything. I thought general admission was only the kind of crappy seats in the outfield areas.
 

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Do you know what sections are general admission? I tried for about 15 minutes to find a map that laid it out and somehow couldn't find anything. I thought general admission was only the kind of crappy seats in the outfield areas.
There seems to be a row of seats behind every section that is general admission. Some of them are reserved for wheelchair fans, but there are other areas with barstool height seats, there are picnic tables down the right field line, and there's a whole bunch of seating in the right field pavilion that seems to be open.
 

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There seems to be a row of seats behind every section that is general admission. Some of them are reserved for wheelchair fans, but there are other areas with barstool height seats, there are picnic tables down the right field line, and there's a whole bunch of seating in the right field pavilion that seems to be open.
I thought the Polar Park general admission tickets are basically standing room tickets with no seating, they want you to wander around the park without sitting anywhere.
 
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After attending, I really don't get the complaints of people on the main board who are reacting to photos from the Glob. If you want to see a cheap park, look at the highlights from Syracuse from this past weekend. Syracuse looks like a barnstorming field. Worcester looks like a field.
 

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After attending, I really don't get the complaints of people on the main board who are reacting to photos from the Glob. If you want to see a cheap park, look at the highlights from Syracuse from this past weekend. Syracuse looks like a barnstorming field. Worcester looks like a field.
The Syracuse ballpark is fine, other than the fact it is built next to the train tracks on the outskirts of town instead of in downtown Syracuse where it should have been built (in fairness, it was built on the location of it's predecessor, MacArthur Stadium). The left-field 'bullpen bar' looks ungainly but it's a welcome addition and is already quite popular, if last Thursday night's game is any indication.
 

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My gal and I finally visited Polar Park on Friday morning and received a nice tour from WooSox employee Kevin Handrigan, a retired firefighter for the city. At first, I had a feeling of regret, knowing Rhode Island could have helped the PawSox build a new stadium in our city, but that regret soon turned to an acknowledgement of this park’s modern facilities. Everything is better than what the franchise had in Pawtucket with dilapidated McCoy Stadium..

Polar Park pays homage to franchise history. Its walls include several photos and plaques honoring the achievements of the Pawtucket Red Sox during 50 years in Rhode Island, including four Governor’s Cup championships.

There is a photo of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor on a Hall of Fame wall, along with his sidekick, Mike Tamburro. The history of baseball in the entire Blackstone Valley, which extends from Worcester down to Pawtucket, is honored with pictures and stories hung in frames for visitors to see. Kevin Handrigan told us the story of the first perfect game in National League history, thrown in 1880 by a Worcester pitcher who attended Brown University. I never knew Worcester had a team in the original National League from 1880-83.

I guess what won my heart was seeing the WooSox employees coming into work as lunch time approached. Many of them will remain on the job until tonight’s 6:30 game is over and the fans have gone off into the night. They seem like the same polite, dedicated workers the PawSox always employed. In fact, many former PawSox workers came north with the franchise, including my friend Bill Wanless, who always handled media relations and ran the press box for many years. The PawSox were defined by their employees, from Ben Mondor on down to the kid cooking hot dogs underneath the stands.

You get my age and you’re no longer surprised when the world changes. Old textile mills become condos. Steel mills turn into malls. Ball parks go empty and new ones take their place. But the game goes on, and now it is Worcester’s turn to sustain the sport that runs so deeply through the history of New England towns, dating back to before the Civil War.
 
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My gal and I finally visited Polar Park on Friday morning and received a nice tour from WooSox employee Kevin Handrigan, a retired firefighter for the city. At first, I had a feeling of regret, knowing Rhode Island could have helped the PawSox build a new stadium in our city, but that regret soon turned to an acknowledgement of this park’s modern facilities. Everything is better than what the franchise had in Pawtucket with dilapidated McCoy Stadium..

Polar Park pays homage to history. Its walls are lined with photos and plaques honoring the achievements of the Pawtucket Red Sox during 50 years in Rhode Island, including four Governor’s Cup championships.

There is a photo of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor on a Hall of Fame wall, along with his sidekick, Mike Tamburro. The history of baseball in the entire Blackstone Valley, which extends from Worcester down to Pawtucket, is honored with pictures and stories hung in frames for visitors to see. Kevin Handrigan told us the story of the first perfect game in National League history, thrown in 1880 by a Worcester pitcher who attended Brown University. I never knew Worcester had a team in the original National League from 1880-83.

I guess what won my heart was seeing the WooSox employees coming into work as lunch time approached. Many of them will remain on the job until tonight’s 6:30 game is over and the fans have gone off into the night. They seem like the same polite, dedicated workers the PawSox always employed. In fact, many former PawSox workers came north with the franchise, including my friend Bill Wanless, who always handled media relations and ran the press box for many years. The PawSox were defined by their employees, from Ben Mondor on down to the kid cooking hot dogs underneath the stands.

You get my age and you’re no longer surprised when the world changes. Old textile mills become condos. Steel mills turn into malls. Ball parks go empty and new ones take their place. But the game goes on, and now it is Worcester’s turn to sustain the sport that runs so deeply through the history of New England towns, dating back to before the Civil War.
That is an awesome post. Thank you for it. I briefly attended Tuesday's non-game (rain out). They have completed and opened up the berm in left field, which adds to the old Paw Sox feel.
 

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I know some of the people in Worcester who were in on the original postcard drive to convince the Paw Sox to move. I hope it works out for them. But we finally explained to my 9 year old why we wouldn't be going to the Paw Sox any more, and Worcester and the Woo Sox are dead to him. He now has something new to chat about with his Grandfather the Brooklyn Dodgers fan.
 

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That is an awesome post. Thank you for it. I briefly attended Tuesday's non-game (rain out). They have completed and opened up the berm in left field, which adds to the old Paw Sox feel.
The various seating options are great. So many special options, like $9 for the red stools that line the mezzanine, right behind the last row of seats. Kevin told me you have to order those directly from the WooSox, otherwise the secondary market poachers sell for a higher price. One company paid Google to put its website at the top of any searches!

Not being local, I did not know the site was a large hill and they dug the three stadium levels into the hill. Architect AnnMarie Smith, who should be in the HOF, incorporated so many things into this park from her earlier stadiums.
 

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I know some of the people in Worcester who were in on the original postcard drive to convince the Paw Sox to move. I hope it works out for them. But we finally explained to my 9 year old why we wouldn't be going to the Paw Sox any more, and Worcester and the Woo Sox are dead to him. He now has something new to chat about with his Grandfather the Brooklyn Dodgers fan.
The kids’ angle is much more difficult than my Old Guy perspective. I did feel bad for my GF because she had been going to McCoy since the 1960s.
 
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This may be slightly off topic, but where would anyone recommend to park when going to a WooSox game? I'll be travelling in a couple weeks to Polar Park for the first time, and I saw the satellite view of parking sites on the WooSox page, but it all just looks like a bunch of points on a map to me. Price difference isn't that big of a deal to me, but I'll gladly trade a couple of extra minutes walking for an easier in and out.
 

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This may be slightly off topic, but where would anyone recommend to park when going to a WooSox game? I'll be travelling in a couple weeks to Polar Park for the first time, and I saw the satellite view of parking sites on the WooSox page, but it all just looks like a bunch of points on a map to me. Price difference isn't that big of a deal to me, but I'll gladly trade a couple of extra minutes walking for an easier in and out.
My tour guide said go down Madison Avenue past Polar Park about 400 yards, go under a bridge, and parking is available there, at a couple large businesses.
 

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That parking is at the Madison Place lot--it's $15 (cash) and fits a lot of cars. If you don't mind walking a few blocks (which can also make it easier to get out postgame) and want to pay about $5.75 I highly recommend the Federal Plaza Garage--you can pay in advance from the WooSox web site. If you want to make a day of it, ParkWhiz also offers the 27 Austin Street garage (which is actually entered at 1 Murray Ave--about a block further than Federal Plaza)--in my experience it's been about $8 including fees for a 24-hour period.
 

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That parking is at the Madison Place lot--it's $15 (cash) and fits a lot of cars. If you don't mind walking a few blocks (which can also make it easier to get out postgame) and want to pay about $5.75 I highly recommend the Federal Plaza Garage--you can pay in advance from the WooSox web site. If you want to make a day of it, ParkWhiz also offers the 27 Austin Street garage (which is actually entered at 1 Murray Ave--about a block further than Federal Plaza)--in my experience it's been about $8 including fees for a 24-hour period.
Thanks!
 

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Going to the game tomorrow! Anything special for concessions at the park or should we eat elsewhere?

We were at the Worcester BT's last weekend (smaller menu than Sturbridge but the same great Q) so anything else worth going to?
 

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Going to the game tomorrow! Anything special for concessions at the park or should we eat elsewhere?

We were at the Worcester BT's last weekend (smaller menu than Sturbridge but the same great Q) so anything else worth going to?
I really like the Coney sauce for the well-browned dogs at the George's Coney Island stand. Dogs themselves are pretty average but they cook them well. I plan on inhaling a couple when I get to the park in lieu of breakfast. That said I have really enjoyed food and beverages at both the Hangover Pub and at Maddi's.
https://www.thehangoverpub.net/
https://maddiscookery.com/

Hope I see you to say hi!
 

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I really like the Coney sauce for the well-browned dogs at the George's Coney Island stand. Dogs themselves are pretty average but they cook them well. I plan on inhaling a couple when I get to the park in lieu of breakfast. That said I have really enjoyed food and beverages at both the Hangover Pub and at Maddi's.
https://www.thehangoverpub.net/
https://maddiscookery.com/

Hope I see you to say hi!
Seconding the Coney dogs. They're not AMAZING but they're good and an institution. Kind of one of those things you should at least try if you haven't had them before. I found the line crazy early in the game but you could walk right up in the middle innings.

I'm a fan of Buck's Whiskey & Burger Bar as well, also on Green St. Bocado Tapas Bar is walking distance as well.

https://www.bucksworcester.com/
https://www.bocadotapasbar.com/menu
 

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Got to the neighborhood around 11:15 (12:05 game), and parked at Federal Plaza garage for $5. 10 minute walk at the most to the park. Decent lines to get in moved fast. Seating was comfortable. Sun was on all the lower seats on the third base side, we moved from the fifth from top row to last row in the section for some sun relief.

lines for food were generally long but looked like they were moving. Good salads at “The Market” for $9. Coney Island hot dog line was 59 people long, didn’t take much more than 10 minutes, though, for tasty $4 dogs. Prices are without tax, so be prepared for cost to be a bit more, also had a slice of pizza from Wonder Bar. Big slice for $8, good but not great.

We did a lap of the park before the game started, found BT’s BBQ hidden away in deep RF. Small menu, but smelled great. There are some sit down spots beyond the RF seats with no view of the field, they looked new but didn’t look open yet. Berm wasn’t very full, but GA seats around the park were full. Looks like folks get there early to get choice GA options. No concessions sold in the seats.

lots of traffic getting to/thru “the peanut”, but quickly onto 146 and then the Pike back home. Same amount of time from metro south to Polar as it was to McCoy.
 

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Any word on when they will release the schedule for next season? I was planning to take in a few games but haven't seen anything yet.
 

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The schedule is out , but for some reason not on the website. They gave away little pocket schedules for the 2023 season at the last homestand. Check ur DM and I can scan you a copy
 

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COVID delayed the large apartment complex across Madison St. that was supposed to open around the same time as the park. Major housing projects are also currently under construction on Green St. (the Talk Talk and Cove parcels). When all of that opens there may be significant demand for walking distance restaurants and bars like with the Front St. apartments and the Mercantile Center restaurants. The buzz I've heard from some of the bartenders in the area is game day business is a mixed bag. They may see more traffic before games but people obvious then leave quickly to get to the game.

Fwiw, I don't think Smokehouse was anything special. Maddi's was always empty except Friday and Sat nights even before COVID or the ballpark. Buck's was good but supposedly they had trouble keeping open during the height of COVID. Parking feels like it is going to be a real issue in the area going forward even when there is no game happening.

I don't have a strong position on the economics of the park but will say Worcester's downtown is transforming dramatically in the way that people had been hoping it would for decades. The ballpark is certainly a piece of that in the Green St. area.
 

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COVID delayed the large apartment complex across Madison St. that was supposed to open around the same time as the park. Major housing projects are also currently under construction on Green St. (the Talk Talk and Cove parcels). When all of that opens there may be significant demand for walking distance restaurants and bars like with the Front St. apartments and the Mercantile Center restaurants. The buzz I've heard from some of the bartenders in the area is game day business is a mixed bag. They may see more traffic before games but people obvious then leave quickly to get to the game.

Fwiw, I don't think Smokehouse was anything special. Maddi's was always empty except Friday and Sat nights even before COVID or the ballpark. Buck's was good but supposedly they had trouble keeping open during the height of COVID. Parking feels like it is going to be a real issue in the area going forward even when there is no game happening.

I don't have a strong position on the economics of the park but will say Worcester's downtown is transforming dramatically in the way that people had been hoping it would for decades. The ballpark is certainly a piece of that in the Green St. area.
The parking situation is only going to get worse. Much worse. Just about every new development project in and close to downtown Worcester is getting drastic waivers of the minimum parking requirements.
 

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Land is cheap compared to eastern MA. Why aren't they building ginormous parking garages?

Need to eminent domain Angelica and Wyman-Gordon.

Also need to a do a rebuild of the library lot to make it a 5-6 story garage.
 
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The Woo Sox have a map of area parking garages and lots:


It's not bad for game day parking but the parking situation isn't great for nights when you just want to go to a restaurant or bar in the area and park close by. I think some people in Worcester are reluctant to park a 5-10 minute walk away for a meal or drinks when there are other places with easier parking situations.

Re: the city planning... I'm not sure the new housing construction has enough parking. I'm in a newer building and it's one spot per unit, regardless of how many bedrooms, which seems common now. Many of my neighbors are college students who end up parking on the surrounding streets because they're splitting multi-bedroom units and you can't really function in Worcester without a car.
 

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I guess that I am an outlier. PP is about a mile from my partner’s abode, so I have no issue walking to a game (well, the “I thought you were watching mini” discussions aside )
I feel for places like the BBQ joint - but correlation != causation.
 

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Re: the city planning... I'm not sure the new housing construction has enough parking. I'm in a newer building and it's one spot per unit, regardless of how many bedrooms, which seems common now. Many of my neighbors are college students who end up parking on the surrounding streets because they're splitting multi-bedroom units and you can't really function in Worcester without a car.
To build on this point, the typical city housing parking calculations tend to assume the young professionals who tend to want to live in a downtown either commuting by vehicle and parking their car back in the residence only in the evening/overnight, or utilizing public transportation and going without a car or only having one car per couple. But based on anecdotal experience from my company in the past few years is that we are trending towards hiring people living further away from the office (including the Worcester area which is roughly an hour away), who will WFH for 3-4 days per week if not full time, and these people will drive an hour/hour and a half to the office that 1 day per week or every other week when doing so. As opposed to the days where you could have shared parking between say doctor's offices on the ground floor and condos above due to the offset parking peaks, many residents are treating their parking lot/garage as more car storage than overnight parking.
 

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The Woo Sox have a map of area parking garages and lots:


It's not bad for game day parking but the parking situation isn't great for nights when you just want to go to a restaurant or bar in the area and park close by. I think some people in Worcester are reluctant to park a 5-10 minute walk away for a meal or drinks when there are other places with easier parking situations.

Re: the city planning... I'm not sure the new housing construction has enough parking. I'm in a newer building and it's one spot per unit, regardless of how many bedrooms, which seems common now. Many of my neighbors are college students who end up parking on the surrounding streets because they're splitting multi-bedroom units and you can't really function in Worcester without a car.
Maybe I'm just a slowpoke, but those estimated times on the map seem optimistic. Some of those are probably calculated as the crow flies, but people have to walk the twists and turns. I've tried a few different places with mixed results. For example, parking at the library appears really close, but it's actually a bit of a trek. One time I tried the premium parking garage across the street, I prepaid for my space well in advance because I had a friend from out of state stopping by and time was short, and when I got there they tried to turn me away because they said the garage was full (they even had the sign out front), but I refused to move until they found me a space, which they created in the buffer area. Ridiculous. Also, even for those really familiar with the downtown, if you have to hunt for parking by driving from lot to lot, it can get really frustrating really fast, and you end up burning a lot of time just for that--if this were the major league team, whatever, we've all done that in Boston, but it kind of defeats the nicety of having a local minor league ballpark closeby.