|Though the old name (Riverview Stadium) of this
park may indicate that it is in view of the river, it is in fact not. The
casino riverboats which sit on the river are within view, but no water
is actually visible from the park as it sits a couple hundred yards from
the Mississippi. Riverview is a classic WPA project stadium. It features
a large covered grandstand that extends past both the first and third base
bags, and covers every seat in the house. It consists of about 5 rows of
box seats close to the field which are wooden and in pretty rough shape.
The rest of the seating is benches, most with backs. An ordinary scoreboard
sits behind the fence in left field. The concourse area is located behind
the grandstand and consists of multiple concession stands and a small souvenir
stand. Food choices included much of the standard ballpark fare including
brats and grilled chicken sandwiches. Prices were pretty cheap on most
everything, though service was somewhat slow. A few between inning contests
were done, but were upstaged the night I was there by the Zooperstars.
A useless mascot, Lowe, was also on hand to entertain the younger crowd.
Riverview is a fine place to watch a game, but the fans do not seem to
be coming out as the Lumber Kings don't average more than 1,000 per game most years. With such
a classic stadium as this, it would be a real shame not to have baseball
in some fashion here.