Standard Bank Stadium
Crestwood, Illinois
Year Opened
1999

Current Team
Windy City Thunderbolts

Affiliate
None

League
Frontier League

Capacity
4,000

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My Grades
Stadium B+ Atmosphere A- Concessions A-

Photos taken in 2009
After being rained out here at my first attempt to see a game, I finally returned for a visit in 2005. Located in suburban Chicago, right off of the very busy Cicero Avenue, it is not an easy place to get to (which may explain the sub par attendance numbers). Because of the suburban location, the setting for Standard Bank Stadium is unspectacular. There are high tension wires that run right through the parking lot of the stadium which is quite odd. Despite only being a few years old, this is a rather unique park. The seating of the park is very asymmetrical. There is an upper deck that runs along the third base side, but stops at the press box behind home plate. The first base side just has several rows of seating on the field level. There is a concourse that overlooks the field, but strangely the concessions and bathrooms are located on the back side of the grandstand, out of view from the field. There are however concession stands on the first base side which are in view of the field. The configuration of the park is especially odd since there are no structures around it that forced it to be that way. Picnic areas are located in the left field corner and along the first base concourse. Concessions here are well varied, quite affordable, and very tasty. Selections include brats, burgers, Italian sausages, ribs, chicken, and Italian beef (a Chicago specialty). The atmosphere at Standard Bank Stadium is pretty laid back. Only a couple of between inning games were played (dizzy t-ball and dress like a T-Bolt) and the mascot (Boomer) stayed out of sight most of the night. The ballpark doesn't offer the best sightlines or the best amenities, but it's just refreshing to see a park that breaks the standard template, and Standard Bank Stadium certainly does that. Another funky park that fits in well with the diverse collection that the Frontier League has.
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