|BB&T Ballpark / Winston-Salem Dash|
|Page 2: An Understated Ballpark|
|Page 3: Where to Sit, For the Kids|
WHERE TO SIT
There are basically six types of seating at the ballpark unless you have the bucks to rent a suite: traditional grandstand seating, a left-field berm, a small section of right-field reserved seating that juts onto the playing field, standing room on either side of the batters’ eye, and a right-field picnic area.
If you’re with the family, we’d recommend the left-field berm. It’s an extremely pitched berm (in other words, don’t let the baby crawl off on their own; chances are pretty good they’ll roll out of control down the berm). But that steep angle makes it good for watching the game; you’re high enough over the outfield fence that you won’t miss much action. And you won’t be battling the sun at all during evening games.The right-field bridge will end up being one of the busiest spots in the ballpark on a night when there was a full house. We suspect it will get more popular over time, although the Dash could do a lot to increase its popularity by installing some drink rails there.
- The last time a Winston-Salem pro team opened a new ballpark was 54 years ago, when the Winston-Salem Twins opened Ernie Shore Field, now Wake Forest Baseball Park.
- Over 26,000 bricks were used in the construction of the ballpark.
- These are high-tech times: about 80 miles of wire runs through the ballpark.
- The carousel in the outfield kids’ area was originally installed at Ernie Shore Field.
FOR THE KIDS
What kid wouldn’t love a 12,000-square-foot play area? It’s located to the back of the center-field concourse and features various play areas, jumping houses and a carousel moved over from Ernie Shore Field (and cleaned up in the process, it looks like). Combine that with a huge left-field berm, plenty of Muppets videos shown during game breaks (you cannot go wrong with the Muppets on the big screen!) and you’ve got a ballpark built for families.
The place to start is a Natty Greene’s microbrew, on tap for only $5. A full assortment of the locally produced microbrew (we noted Guilford Golden Ale, Southern Pale Ale and Buckshot Amber Ale) can be found at three concession stands on the main concourse and many of the additional 20 points of sale ringing the concourse. In fact, any beer is $5, whether it be a tap or a Bud/Bud Light tallboy. Otherwise, the concessions are fairly standard: Dash Dogs ($3), burgers, Domino’s Pizza, popcorn and more. A broader selection of food, including carved sandwiches, can be found at the second-level club.
BEFORE/AFTER THE GAME
If you didn’t get enough Natty Greene microbrews at the ballpark, head over to Foothills Brewing, a short drive away. (Foothills Brewing, 638 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2730; 336/777-3348.)
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