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Metro Bank Park / Harrisburg Senators

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Talk about an extreme makeover: the baseball experience in Harrisburg is totally different than it was two years ago, and to term the change at Metro Bank Park a renovation is to downplay how dramatically everything at the old Riverside Stadium is different. Metro Bank Park is, basically, a brand-new ballpark with a brand-new-ballpark price tag: $45 million. And every penny of that was money well-spent, as you'll see in this visit.

FAST FACTS

Opened: 1987, renovated 2009-2010
Renovation Cost: $45 million
Architect: Renovations, 360 Architecture; original design, HOK Sport (now Populous)
Capacity: 6,187
Suites: 20
Dimensions: 325L, 400C, 325.
Playing Surface: Grass
Owner: City of Harrisburg
Past Names: Riverside Stadium, 1987-2004; Commerce Bank Park, 2004-2009; Metro Bank Park, 2009-present
Ticket Prices (2010): Dugout Box Seats, $12.50; Field Box Seats, $11; Box Seats, $9; Reserved Seats, $9; ADA Box Seats, $9; ADA Reserved, $5.
Box Office: 717/231-4444
Website: senatorsbaseball.com
League: Eastern League
Parent: Washington Nationals
Parking: Lots next to ballpark and across bridge. On a nice day fans park downtown and walk across river on an old rail bridge. Usually there’s plenty of parking for a night game, but be careful about going on a weekday: the lots are used by city workers during the work week, and chances are good you’ll be diverted away from the ballpark if you’re not there early.
Address: 1 Championship Way, City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Directions: The ballpark is located on City Island across from downtown Harrisburg. From I-83, take Exit 23 (2nd Street) to Market Street, then take the bridge to City Island Park.

Metro Bank Park is a ballpark where the small things are done very well, where the emphasis is on the fan experience under some fairly constricting circumstances: a small footprint at the ballpark site and the need to basically build a new ballpark while the team played in the old one for two seasons. Both factors represented logistical challenges, to be sure: a decent budget helps, of course, but the Sens, the city and 360 Architecture managed to turn a flood-challenged, slightly uncomfortable ballpark into one of the best in Double-A, if not all of baseball.