Take Me Out to The Ballgame

What’s one of the greatest things about living in the Triad? The abundance of sports! From the assortment of collegiate sports to the slightly more obscure sports such as dodgeball, there is something for everyone to enjoy. If there is not a particular sport located physically in the Triad, it can be found within a short driving distance.

One of the most popular sporting attractions is BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston Salem Dash. BB&T Ballpark opened the 2010 baseball season, so it’s still fairly new. Baseballparks.com named BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem its 2010 Ballpark of the Year. (The website presents its award annually to the new baseball stadium with the best combination of design, seat selection and fan amenities. BB&T Ballpark beat our several other new parks, including the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.)

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Growing up in the area, I can recall attending Winston-Salem Spirits and Winston-Salem Warthog games. Those were great times, but BB&T Ballpark takes things up a level. With seating for 5,500, there is not a ‘bad’ seat in the entire park. I have had the opportunity to sit behind home plate, Picnic Terrace, upper level tables in the Founder’s Club, in a luxury suite, the first base side and the third base side. Can’t complain about any of the views!

The ballpark offers a great variety of food to select from. You can purchase a traditional ballpark hot dog, ice cream in a small baseball helmet, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy or even Dominos pizza. If you leave the ballpark hungry after a game, then it’s your own fault. You can expect to pay “ballpark food prices,” but that’s really no surprise.

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The past couple games I have attended (including this one) was not completely speculator – but the entertainment between innings made up for the lack of plays on the field. The Winston-Salem Dash offer a great was a promotion for virtually every inning break, including the silly (baby cam, kiss cam, frog race and hula hoop competition), the common (the T-shirt cannon and “YMCA”, for instance) and a fans competitions to eat six saltines in 60 seconds. The promotions are not overdone, though, and they provide a nice diversion between innings.  The ‘entertainment crew’ were fun to watch and interact with. Maybe a bit cheezy, but its fun for everyone, especially the kids.

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One of my personal pet peeves about sporting events, in general, is either the lack of bathrooms or the wait to actually use the bathroom. BB&T Ballpark has sufficient restrooms with little or no wait. Perfect! They should get a gold star for that design element!

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Parking on the other hand, eh, it’s okay, but not great. Particularly for someone like myself that hates to pay to park. The parking closest to the stadium is designated for Founder’s Club, VIPs or Carolina Plan ticket holders. There is plenty of parking for $5 around the general area that offers a short walk to the ballpark. But free parking is hit or miss. Be sure to watch for the ‘towing’ signs and 2-hour parking designation areas. I have heard through the grapevine that a parking deck is in the works, but for now, plan to park in the outlying areas around the ballpark. The Dash offers a great map on their website with a list of available parking options, and I recommended that you take a look at the map before going to the stadium.

All in all, I am impressed with the stadium and had a good time. Take your family, take your friends or just take yourself. Enjoy a great night of baseball and fun!

To learn more about BB&T Ballpark and the Winston-Salem Dash, be sure to visit their official website. Also be sure to Like their Facebook page – it features upcoming special events, sale information and store news. The ballpark is bounded by Peters Creek Parkway (northwest/west); 1st Street (north); and Green Street (northeast, left-center field). Business I-40 is toward the south/southeast.

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