|Aces Ballpark / Reno Aces|
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The design of Aces Ballpark is a very distinctive combination of new and classic. The basic structure is brick and dark green steel, but the colors in the seating are a warm sand and brick-red color – appropriate for the West.
Year Opened: 2009
Cost: $50 million
Dimensions: 338L, 410LC, 423RC, 340R
League: Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Parent: Arizona Diamondbacks
Text and Photos By: John Moist
Parking: Valet and handicapped parking is available adjacent to the park, just off Lake Street. Secure bike parking is also available. Reno also has a public transit system (RTC) that serves much of the city and the downtown station is walking distance from the park. (more-casinos, UN etc)
Address/Directions: 250 Evans Avenue, Reno. The ballpark is located about 4 blocks east of Virginia Street, and two blocks north of the National Automobile Museum. From I-80, take Virginia St. or Sierra St. south. Due to the proximity of the casinos, there are many public lots to the east of Virginia St. in walking distance of the ballpark.
One of the most distinctive features of the park is the left-field wall. At approximately 40 feet, the wall is unusually high, and the wall is topped by a row of high billboards and the scoreboard. Fans can walk up from the left-field party zone and stand along the top of the wall and watch the game from a high vantage point, just under the billboards and scoreboard. The scoreboard includes a large LCD screen for highlights and game information.
The high wall, billboards and scoreboard are presumably designed to protect the Amtrak trains, which run directly behind and below the left-field wall. The tracks are part of the original Transcontinental Railroad, carrying passengers from San Francisco to points east.
As fans continue across the wall, they will reach the Kids Zone playground and the Bullpen Party Deck, the prime outfield concession area, which features a BBQ stand, hot dogs, sodas, beer, and a bar, as well as a well-stocked souvenir stand focusing on kids’ items. Behind this concession area is Baseball Mountain, an attractively landscaped hill with large rocks and colorful plants.
The bullpens are located right behind the right-field wall, and directly behind the pens is the berm. Similar the one in Raley Field in Sacramento, the berm is a fun, inexpensive place to watch the game -- arrive early, bring the kids, and spread out blankets. There’s a good view of the game, and the kids can run around, chase homers and get a good look in the bullpens. One of the best, most distinctive features of the Aces Ballpark is located behind the Berm: a series of large, silver railroad-style semaphore lightposts, with lights and flying banners of all the PCL teams. These are distinctive, colorful, functional and highlight Reno’s connection with American railroad history.
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