V.A. Memorial Stadium
Chillicothe, Ohio
Year Opened
1954

Current Team
None

Affiliate
N/A

League
N/A

Capacity
4,000

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My Grades
Stadium B+ Atmosphere B+ Concessions B

Photos taken in 2001
V.A. Memorial Stadium is home to one of the original members of the Frontier League - the Chillicothe Paints. It's pretty remarkable in this day to see a small community hold onto a team for as long as Chillicothe has. Certainly the ballpark has something to do with keeping the team around. Despite its age, the park has been kept up very well and remains in excellent condition. It's not fancy - there are no box seats, luxury boxes, or exotic concessions. But still the park is a clean and comfortable place to see a game. Set on the grounds of the V.A. hospital, the setting is nothing special. Just trees surround the park and provide the backdrop. The covered grandstand is made of red brick, which is rare to see in these old grandstands. There is only bench seating under the grandstand - about half with backs and half without. Additional seating is provided by metal bleachers down both lines. The press box is situated at the top of the inside of the grandstand, another somewhat unusual site. A nice picnic area sits down the left field line. The concourse runs behind the grandstand and features just a couple small concession windows. A grill serving additional items is located in the picnic area. Overall, there is a decent variety of concessions with inexpensive prices. A small souvenir stand is also located on the concourse behind home plate. While their promotions and sound effects are not excessive, their music selections become tiring - they have a song picked out for each batter. So by the time the game has ended you've heard some songs 4 or 5 times. The manual scoreboard in left field adds a nice old time touch. According to the general manager, there are renovations planned for the stadium, but he did not detail what they were. The only improvements needed are some individual seats and possibly better concession stands. Even without any improvements, V.A. Memorial Stadium is sufficient for the Frontier League. Just a nice old ballpark with a good baseball atmosphere. Unfortunately, after the 2008 season the Paints departed the Frontier League and joined the Prospect League, a collegiate summer league. So professional baseball is no longer played at V.A. Memorial Stadium.
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