Canal Park
Akron, Ohio
Year Opened
1997

Current Team
Akron Rubberducks

Affiliate
Cleveland Indians

League
Eastern League

Capacity
9,000

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My Grades
Stadium B+ Atmosphere A- Concessions A

Photos taken in 1998
Canal Park is similar to many new parks being built today. It is a park built in the downtown with a brick exterior that fits in well with the surrounding buildings. But the reason for building downtown in this city is not evident. The night I was there it was completely deserted, and the ball game was the only thing going on. It was almost an eerie feeling sitting in this brand new park in downtown Akron, while the rest of the surrounding area was dead. Downtown parks are good in some locales, but I don't think Akron is one of them. Despite this, the park is still pretty impressive. Slightly bigger than other double A stadiums like Norwich and Binghamton, the Aeros are having no problem filling it almost every night. Like other new stadiums, the concourse area sits above the seating bowl and is covered by the press box and luxury box structure. A bleacher section is located in right field. A restaurant and gift shop are located down the first base line. There are numerous concessions stands with a good variety of offerings. The back drop is an interesting one with several large buildings. The canal runs behind the outfield fence, but is not visible from inside the park. There are a couple aspects about the park I didn't like however. First, almost all the seats on the third base side are obstructed from the left field corner because the way the seats are angled. I would not expect to see this at such a new park where supposedly there are "no bad seats in the place." The other aspect I disliked was the high prices - especially for parking, which was $5. The flimsy scorecards were also a little high at $1.50. A mascot, Orbit, was on hand but was absolutely useless - maybe because the Blues Brothers were there to entertain that night. Overall, a comfortable new stadium, but not as nice as some of the other new parks that have been built.
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