|Home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Tampa Bay Devil Rays affiliate, this remains one of the tougher tickets to get in the NY Penn League, despite the novelty of it having worn off. Built in 1994 (in just three months time), it is rather typical of the class A minor league stadiums constructed at the same time, though clearly feels dated now. However, the team is owned by the Goldklang Group (who also own the St. Paul Saints), so know how to put on a show and draw fans. In this day and age of every new team needing a new ballpark, it is quite amazing that the Gades continue to draw so well in a lackluster ballpark. Clearly, it is all about the atmosphere here.
- While the ballpark is easily accessible from I-84, the setting is actually quite bucolic as it is mostly surrounded by trees.
- The team does a good job of recognizing their history as there are banners along the concourse of some of their most famous alumni (which included Evan Longoria and Wade Davis).
- A play area (Rascal's Playhouse) is located in the left field corner which includes several inflatables. A extra fee is charged in order for kids to play.
- Two mascots (named Rookie and Rene, they were married during the '97 season) roam the stands during the game for the kids' enjoyment. A third mascot, Rascal (Rookie and Rene's pup), was added in 2001 and a 4th, Rupert (Rookie's dad) was added in 2004. Don't know why they need four mascots, but apparently management must think the majority of the fans come to see them rather than the baseball. Though on any given night, only one mascot is usually on hand.
- The Baseball Scout Hall of Fame is located on the exterior of Dutchess Stadium and honors a subset of scouts which have received this honor.
Three other ballparks (also run by the Goldklang Group) also have a similar hall of fame.
- Sightlines are good here, especially from the box seats which are very close to the field. So much so that extended netting was added before the 2017 season.
- The Landshark Landing, located in the right field corner, is a hangout area for fans who don't want to stay at their seats. This was added about 10 years after the ballpark originally opened.
- Unless you are sitting in the box seats, you will most likely be uncomfortable. The reserved seats are of the bucket variety and the rest of the seating is aluminum benches. Be prepared to be cramped. Also, if you are sitting in the bleachers, the incessant banging on them by bored fans gets old very quickly.
- Moreso than any other minor league ballpark I've attended a game at, the game really almost seems to be secondary in nature here, as promotions occur between almost every inning and there is almost non-stop sound effects. It is simply not a very relaxing environment.
- The PA announcer, Rick Zolzer (who also owns a DJ business), sometimes thinks he's the entertainment rather the game. While he can be humorous and witty, he sometimes forgets that there is a game going on. I realize a lot of fans enjoy him, but I just wish he would tone it down a bit.
- Parking is $5 and fans have no choice where to park. There is just one large unpaved parking lot where all fans must park. Egress after the game is very slow as there is only one exit onto a two lane road. I've gotten out of MLB games faster than Dutchess Stadium.
- The ballpark is definitely showing its age. While some renovations have been done, all the seating is still original. The green box seats are badly faded and holes can be found in some of the metal bleachers.
After 25 years, it is probably time to replace all the seats.
Overall, "The Dutch" is not a bad park, just not one of my favorites, mainly due to the metal seating and the incessant promotions and sound effects that seem to excite the fans more than the game itself. But it is hard to argue with the success of the team as the continue to be one of the top draws in the NYPL, even after 25 years.
- The Renegades do a great job of providing a good array of concession choices, seemingly adding new items every season. In addition they have a couple stands where the food items rotate on a nightly basis.
- There are two main concession stands as well as many smaller kiosks and carts. Combos (which include a soda and chips) are available at the main concession and are a decent value.
- The Bourbon BBQ & Grill stand was added in 2018.
Pulled pork and pulled chicken is available here as well as grilled sausages, hot dogs, chicken, and burgers.
- Eben's Eatery (named after the current general manager) usually offers a dish that you wouldn't normally find at a ballpark such as pasta or chinese food.
- The Dogs, Spuds, and Buds stands sells fries, hot dogs, and nachos with various toppings like buffalo chicken, cheese, and chili. Tacos and quesadillas are available at the adjacent Totally Tacos stand.
- Prices tend to be on the high side, but the quality is good and portions are generous.