Ray Winder Field
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Stadium A-
Atmosphere A
Concessions B-

Photos taken in 2006
Ray Winder Field will take you back in time. A nice old ballpark with a covered grandstand, seats close to the action, and almost nothing but organ music playing between batters and innings. While they do some between inning on field contests, this does not in any way detract from the great baseball atmosphere that exists here. It is refreshing to see a team that does not feel it is necessary to make a sound effect after every pitch or blare rock music between every batter. The large covered grandstand features about 15-20 rows of box seats and about 20 rows of GA seats which are also of the fold down type. There are no real reserved seats as you can sit anywhere in the box seat section as long as a season ticket holder doesn't have that seat. There is also a small metal bleacher section down the left field line - it doesn't really fit with the rest of the park, but doesn't detract either. Sightlines are great here as the box seats are very close to the field (some actually sit in front of the dugouts), and there is just a very small netting behind homeplate. The concourse is located beneath the grandstand, out of view from the playing field. It may be a bit tight with large crowds, but that is not the norm. The concession stands are limited here and selections not varied - only hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and brats. Prices are quite cheap and the quality is decent, but one annoying aspect is that there are separate lines for food and drink meaning you can't get everything in one stop. A small souvenir stand is also located in the concourse area. The park is located right next to I-630, which is the reason for the high net (known as the "screen monster") erected in the outfield. On my return visit in '06, I was happy to see that they had banned smoking from all parts of the ballpark except the bleacher section - previously fans were allowed to smoke anywhere. Just a great place to see a game, especially if you want to be reminded of a different era of minor league baseball. Unfortunately 2006 was the final season of professional baseball at Ray Winder as a new ballpark in North Little Rock opened for the '07 season. After a few years of uncertainty with regards to the future of Ray Winder Field, the decision was made to demolish it in 2012 to make room for a parking lot. I'm just fortunate to have been able to see 2 games at this classic ballpark.
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