|The city of Midland (and the neighboring cities of Saginaw and Bay City) got a gift in the form of a new ballpark when Dow Chemical (which seems to own the town) decided to finance the construction of a new venue for the relocated Loons. And even though Dow Diamond is only home to a Midwest League team, they certainly did not skimp when building it. Located just east of the downtown, Dow Diamond is beautifully landscaped and has an attractive red brick exterior. There is some parking ($3) adjacent to the ballpark, but there are plenty of free spots within a short walk of the park as well. Strangely, this is one of those parks that is not sunk in (probably because of its proximity to the river), so fans must walk up a set of stairs to get to the concourse. Once on the concourse, one of the first things you'll notice is the giant fireplace which actually can be lit on cold nights or when other events are hosted in the winter (the concourse can be sealed). The concourse wraps all the way around ballpark allowing for plenty of places for restless fans to wander. All the seating is green fold down chairs which are quite spacious. Unfortunately, none of the seats have any covering. There is a large picnic area in the left field corner and a nice play area for kids in the right field corner. Plenty of berm seating is available in the outfield as well. One strange aspect of the seating configuration is that because of an opening (to allow vehicles in) on the first base side, many prime seats are lost. Usually this vehicle opening is in the outfield, so not sure why they decided to build it in a different spot here. Located behind home plate is a large, two-level gift shop stocked with numerous t-shirts and hats. The large scoreboard in right field is a beauty, though not always used properly. There are actually separate screens for displaying each team's lineups, but after the first inning they were hardly shown. Concessions are definitely a highlight at Dow Diamond. Prices are a bit on the high side, but the portions are big and the quality good. Mexican, BBQ, Philly steaks, brats, and burgers are just some of the tasty items offered at the numerous stands and kiosks throughout the park. As for the atmosphere, it's about what you'd expect from a first year ballpark. Most of the fans are there to be seen rather than to watch the game. At least the team doesn't blare the music and sound effects like at other new parks. Of course the team has a mascot as well, Lou E Loon, who was quite active the night I was there. There are also a handful of between inning games performed. Dow Diamond does have some unique features, but overall is a rather ordinary new ballpark. I guess when you've seen as many ballparks as I have, there really has to be something new or different about a ballpark to make it standout. And while Dow Diamond is a perfectly fine venue, I just didn't find it that memorable.